Poland, Lodz: Former Textile Giant I.
Our today’s journey across world cities is set in Lodz, a city couple of hundred kilometers northeast from Prague.
As old city as it is, Lodz hides many things luring tourists from great distances as well as locals. As soon as you visit its downtown you will understand.
Lodž je třetím největším Polish city. More than 700 thousand people live there. There are debates about its name. Lodz means a ship. One explanation claimsthe name being derived from the Lodzic family that has a ship in its coat of arms. Others claim that the name comes from old Polish expression for willow – “loza”. The first written note about the city dates to 1332. It stated that village Lodzia is being held over to the bishops of Włocławek. Lodz remained a relatively insignificant town until the 19th century when industrial revolution transformed it into vibrant modern center.
The significance of economic boom in Lodz proves its nickname Promised Land. Lidé se all corners of Europe such as Portugal, England or France. Most of them came from south Germany (soon Germans consisted of ¾ of Lodz’s population), Silesia, and Bohemia. Industry in Lodz was focused primarily on textile industry.
The population had been growing rapidly. Towards the end of the 19th century more than 300 thousand people lived there. One third of them were Jews while German minority decreased to 15%. The city continued in its growth up to 640 thousand people howeover, Nazi deportation of Jews into concentration camps caused the city to shrink. As for economy, the city kept its image as textile giant after the second world war. However, the end of communism in Poland put incredible pressure of privatiozation on struggling companies and a bulk of them was soon closed.
Thanks to its location Lodz became a place interesting to international companies.
Anyway, let get us back to the history of Lodz. Today we take a look at the most important street there - Piotrkowska also called Lodz’s Walk of Fame. This roughly five kilometers long boulevard is one of the world’s longest.
To be continued.
Text: Maxim Kucer
HuBar, Bjoss, Polimerek, Nassim_Abi_Chahine, Polimerek (2)
Approximately 50 kilometers southwest of Krakow lies the almost 20,000-strong town of Wadowice, famous as the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II. Today we will not only follow in the footsteps of the Pope, but also look into history.
When one hears about Wieliczka, perhaps every one of us will come across the famous salt mine in southern Poland. This city of the same name offers tourists not only the beauty of their underground, but it also pays off to explore what it offers above ground. Before looking into the ancient depths, we walk through the monuments in the streets that remind us of the rich history of this mining town.
The world's unique sight in the south of Poland attracts more than a million tourists to local countryside. The salt world, which has been created for centuries by the mining of salt, has not left us indifferent either. Therefore, let us expose the history and the presence of this extraordinary place in the following lines.
Descend with us to the underground corridors and salt mine chambers, where you can see for yourself the spaces in which salt has been harvested for centuries. Unique space will be surprising especially by the number of original works of art. In the following lines, we are going to admire the attractions along the first half of the tour route.
The first half of the journey underground has fascinated us with its spaces and the legend carved in the rock, but it is not far from everything the mine offers to its visitors. So come go deeper, into its corridors and chambers, to places where crystal chandeliers and salty mining ponds glitter.
Summer holidays are an ideal time for family trips, so today we invite you to one of these. Our destination will be the Polish village of Nedeca (Niedzica), located in the Spis region, near the Slovak border in Lesser Poland.
In the coming weeks, we will discover the wonderful natural and cultural attractions of the Duchy of Lesser Poland. Our starting point will be the city of Zakopane, which is also a social center of the whole region.
Enchanted by our past trip to the Gubałówka and Butorowy Wierch mountains, today we set out to explore other breathtaking places in Lesser Poland. This time we head to the village of Poronin, which is located about 7 kilometers from Zakopane.
This time we will set out to explore southern Poland, more precisely the city of Żywiec, which lies at the confluence of the rivers Koszarawa and Soła in the Silesian Voivodeship. We start in a local brewery founded in 1856, which produces one of the most famous beers in Poland.
After visiting the famous brewery, today we will head to the town of Żywiec itself. This city of 30,000 is an ideal starting point for hiking in the Western Beskydy Mountains, it also offers recreation at the picturesque Żywiec Dam and attractive sights with an engaging history.
These days we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most important milestones in our history is remembered through a visit to the Polish city of Auschwitz, which is located at the mouth of the river Soly to the Vistula in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
Rádi byste se prošli podél moře, ale nechce se vám nikam daleko? Pokud ano, máme tu pro vás dnes tip na místo, které je Čechy celkem opomíjeno. Nemusíte jet tisíce kilometrů, nemusíte překonávat svůj strach z létání. Stačí, když sednete do auta a můžete si udělat krásný prodloužený víkend v Kolobrzegu.
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We visit the third largest Polish city, Lodz, today for one more time.
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We have already discovered some sights in Poznan. This will continue today as we visit this city for the last time.
Church towers looming above your heads, dwarves at your legs, calm breath of history, quick pulse of European city. And squirrels, squirrels everywhere. This is Wrocław.
The largest city of Poland and also the capital of the country. Only sledomly people imagine it an interesting place worthy making a trip. We were very hesitant if to go there at first. It takes 8 hours by train from Prague (for considerable amount of money you can buy a night train). A flight ticket costs around 3000. Eventually, we decided for the cheapest option – a day train ride (a return ticket costs about 1400 Czech crowns).
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