Łódzkie Region - art and technology in one
The Łódzkie Voivodeship is not only the textile “promised land” and the land of fulfilled film dreams. It is also the land of records. Bełchatów has the biggest hole in the ground, in Łódz - the longest pedestrian street and in Inowłódz: one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Poland.
The Łódzkie Voivodeship is located in the centre of Poland, in the Piątek village there is a geometric centre of the country. The heart of this region over the years was beating with the rhythm of textile machinery. In its capital city, Łódź, there are no ancient monuments, and only the raw beauty of the factories as well as the beauty of Art Nouveau villas and palaces of the manufacturers is there to delight the visitors.
Recently closed production halls are taking on a new face. The most famous - Manufactura - is located on the area of the factory of Izrael Poznański. On 27 hectares there is a place for arts and technology museum, a conference centre, a hotel, a shopping mall, cinemas, bowling alleys and even the roller skating rink.
In the former White Factory of Geyer there is the Central Textile Museum with a collection of antique machinery and textiles e.g. by Magdalena Abakanowicz. The Maurycy Poznański Palace is, on the other hand, the second - after Hanover - oldest modern art gallery in the world.
Łódź has always liked the avant-garde . Here even the pubs at Piotrowska street (the longest shopping street in Europe) are the small works of art – it is enough to see the century-old restaurant "Esplanade" or the pub "Łódź Kaliska", whose walls are covered with the Venetian mirrors.
The Łódzkie Voivodeship is also the native land of Wladysław Reymont, the Nobel Prize winner. The Writer's museum is located in the village of Lipce Reymontowskie near Skierniewice - a city famous for its annual Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers Feast. In Łowicz and Maurzyce there are the open-air museums, which organise "The Łowickie Weddings " with bands and tasting of local food and drinks.
The surrounding of Tomaszów Mazowiecki is famous for karst springs, flowing from limestone rocks (the the “Niebieskie źródła” (Blue Springs) reserve) and sand caves in Nagórzyce. Other places worth a visit include: the scenic Spała Forests, Bolimowska Forest or Załęczański Landscape Park with interesting caves and picturesque valley of the Warta river.
Throughout the whole region, there is no shortage of hotels, both those in the cities and in the surrounding landscape, conference centres and unique industrial facilities adapted to receive business groups. Among the most important there are: the Recreation and Conference Centre MOLO, Hotel Ossa, Conference and Exhibition Centre MTL or Manufaktura.