This was a day aimed at making the most out of this trip and getting to see everything Łódź has to offer. So naturally, I needed to create a plan.
Using my favourite travel guide, In My Pocket, and the local Łódź tourist website, Turystyczna, I compiled a list of everything. The monuments, the parks, the museums etc. Gotta catch ’em all.
Then I researched those to find opening times but, most importantly, prices – especially whether any days had free admission. And ta da! My itinerary was born. After a lazy morning at the hotel, I headed out to Stare Polesie. This is an old part of town home to most of the Łódź museums and easily accessible by tram or bus.
First stop of the day was the Muzeum Miasta Łodzi. This is perfect for any traveller looking to learn about the history of Łódź. Tickets normally cost 12/8 zl, but on Wednesday it’s free. There are several exhibitions available: one on Jan Kirski, helpfully translated into English, one on art, and one on old technology and music.
I then spent about half an hour touring the park next door, Park Staromiejski. If you look around, you’ll find several interesting statues and monuments. Cross the road to the smaller part of the park and follow the path to the monument of the Decalogue. A statue of Moses carries the tablets with the Ten Commandments to commemorate the death of the Jews. Before World War II, a synagogue was built here but it was burned down by the Nazis in November 1939.
The park sits adjacent to the Old Town Square. There’s not much to see there, but they sometimes have decorations up to celebrate various events. Now if you head back to the museum and continue along the road, you’ll come across Manufaktura – a leisure complex and shopping mall aimed at preserving the best of Łódź. It’s also home to the Museum Sztuki (no. 2), a historic venue filled with 20th and 21st Century Art.
Tickets cost 10/5 zl, or 1 zl if you’re under 26, but if I were you, I’d purchase the pass to all three arts museums, which costs only 16/8 zl or still 1 zl if you’re under 26 – bargain. Once you’ve finished exploring the exhibits, head down Ulica Gdańska and you’ll soon find Muzeum Sztuki (no. 1). The art here focuses more on housing and architecture, but it’s still entertaining to wander round.
Also on Ulica Gdańska is the Muzeum Tradycji Niepodległościowych w Łodzi. Bit of a mouthful, but when it’s free and explores some of the darker roots of Łódź, then it’s worth the trip. Learn about the military, the prison, and the development of caricatures as a popular form of artwork.
With sightseeing finished for the day, I headed back to my hotel to relax and enjoy the Poland v USA Olympics volleyball match, which we lost 3-0. Oh well. Better luck next time?