6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
14th–16th of November 2011, Location: Lodz, Poland
ABOUT THE HOST CITY
Łódź (Lodz) – one of the Poland’s largest city – is an important commercial, trade, science, and cultural centre. By the late 19th century Łódź had been home to the Polish, German, Jewish, Russian, Czech, Silesian and many others nations – it was a true melting pot of cultures. In that time several hundred brick factories appeared and Łódź was labeled ,,the Polish Manchester” because of the rush development with the damp machine.
Today’s tourists take great delight in seeing beautifully refurbished tenements and residential structures of factory magnates – the real gems of Art Nouveau and eclecticism – as well as museum collections and unrivalled nineteenth-century industrial architecture.
No trip to Łódź is complete without a stroll down Piotrkowska Street. Public institutions, banks and stores, restaurants, pubs, discos, antique shops, art galleries and cinemas are centered around this main promenade.
You will have to visit Prince’s Mill, Herbst Palace, Museum of the City of Łódź established in the beautiful palace of Izrael Poznański, Central Museum of Textiles, Museum of the Factory and the best Museum of Modern Art in Poland – ms² in Manufaktura – the biggest leisure-trade revitalized area.
The best place for a long walk is Łagiewnicki Wood – city’s green lungs. This Europe’s largest area of woodland within a city environment is both a recreational area and place of interest. Some of the city’s oldest historic buildings are situated here: the Baroque Franciscan monastery and two wooden chapels dating back to 1676 and 1703.
Łódź is also well known for one of the most prestigious Film School in Europe. Many famous directors and camera men have graduated from it – Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda, Sławomir Idziak. Fans of Polish cinema have to visit the Cinematography Museum. Museum – housed inside Karol Scheibler’s extraordinary 19th century palace – it is the only museum of its kind in Poland. The collection features over 12,000 film posters, a collections of awards received by Andrzej Wajda, art exhibits and projectors and camera equipment of every kind.
Łódź is widely known for the word-famous events held here: the Dialogue of 4 Cultures Festival, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Plus Camerimage, the Explorer’s Festival, Fotofestival, Aleksander Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities, the International Festival of Street Art, the International Festival of Comics and Outline Colour Festival.
Łódź is a fascinating place. Where else can you find cinemas, restaurants and pubs in old factory, museum down a sewer, theatre performances held in apartment blocks, rickshaws peddling in snow, a helicopter inside an internet café and a street featuring the largest piece of graffiti in the world?
Don’t wait! You have to visit this city!
CITY OF ŁÓDŹ
Promotion, Tourism & International Cooperation Office
87 Piotrkowska St., 90-423 Łódź; tel. +48 42 6384476
Tourist Information Centre
87 Piotrkowska St., 90-423 Łódź; tel. +48 42 6385955
THE WEATHER IN ŁÓDŹ
In November we can expect the temperatures between 0oC and 10oC. The weather might be nice but rainy and also these days might come with the wave of cold, fogs and snow.
GETTING TO ŁÓDŹ
Łódź can be reached from most European cities by various means of transportation:
Łódź Wladyslaw Reymont Airport
The International Airport is located on the outskirts of the City but can be easily reached by taxi or local buses (service 55 and 65). For the flight connections please check: www.airport.lodz.pl
Warsaw Chopin Airport (Okęcie International Airport)
Poland can be also reached via Okęcie International Airport in Warsaw (located 130 km away), from which the best solution is to reach Łódź by train from Warsaw Central Station (http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143), departing every hour, travel time about 2 hrs.
Łódź is efficiently connected by rail to the principal Polish towns as well as to the European railway network. There are 2 main railway stations in Łódź: Fabryczna and Kaliska, both located in the centre of the City.
The currency in Poland is Polish Zloty (PLN). One EURO is about 4 PLN and 1 US$ is about 3 PLN. The exchange offices can be found on the main streets of Łódź (i.e. Piotrkowska street), at the hotels, airport and in shopping centers.