Lodz of 4 Cultures

Poles, Jews, Germans and Russians – citizens of these backgrounds left their mark on the impressive urban development of Lodz in the 19th century. Living and working together in the atmosphere of common tolerance, they successfully implemented their vision of a functional and beautiful city in the middle of contemporary Poland. Today, Lodz not only invites everyone to attend its "Lodz Four Cultures Festival" in memory of their combined effort, but also lets everyone follow the trails of landmarks representative for each culture involved in its growth as a multicultural city, where synagogues, tserkvas, as well as Catholic and Protestant shrines peacefully stood close to each other.

Tour Overview

The tour named "Lodz of 4 cultures" will make you explore this post-industrial gem of a city with its itinerary divided into 4 dedicated routes. The economic boom of Lodz in the 19th century made countless entrepreneurs and labourers of different nationalities and denominations settle in the city, only to expand it. Throughout a 7-hour journey into the past of Lodz, your competent guide will show you where the Jews, Germans, Russians and Poles had their most culture-specific landmarks left, exposing you to the history of Lodz as a successful melting-pot-city, where something big was created out of nothing.
 
Lodz is the third-largest city of Poland with great transport options established with Warsaw. Between the beginning of the 19th century and the end of this century, it experienced rapid development as an industrial hub of the region. While incorporated into Prussia, Lodz merely had the population of 250 inhabitants in 1793, in 1900 it was marked on maps as a large city having 300,000 of them. The blooming textile industry made new workshops, factories, merchant palaces and worker's quarters not only form this central-European metropolis from scratch, but also within a blink of an eye. The Art Nouveau and red-brick architecture of Lodz was developed with certain cultural references to the originators of particular buildings, parks and monuments. At the end of the 19th century, 46% of Lodz population was composed by Polish citizens, 29% - by the speakers of German, while Jews and Russians respectively constituted 21% and 2,5% of it.

The Jewish entrepreneurs are accounted for a number of impressive buildings left in Lodz for us to admire. This part of the tour will let you sightsee the stunning Izrael Poznanski Palace, dubbed into "the Louvre of Lodz". The palace now houses the informative Museum of the History of Lodz. The factory of Izrael Poznanski you will surely visit is yet another example of Jewish heritage revived into something extraordinary. In the 21st century, the plant was transformed into an extensive shopping and leisure centre called "Manufaktura", with its red-brick structure perfectly restored to preserve the beauty of its design. The coexistence of Poles and Jews in Lodz was commemorated with the Decalogue Memorial in the Old-Town Park, while a separate oasis of greenery devoted to the survivors of Holocaust was opened in the city in 2004 as the Survivors Park, with plenty of monuments, mounds and plaques available to visitors. The most mystical part of the Jewish heritage tour will also encompass the extensive Jewish cemetery and Wolf Reichter Synagogue.

Oskar Kon's villa, now housing the famous Lodz Film School, will begin the path of German landmarks of Lodz. Along with the sumptuously decorated residences of German entrepreneurs (like Herbst's residence, Karol Scheibler's Palace and the palace of his family), you will sightsee Ludwik Geyer's White Factory and its museum of textile industry or the Evangelical Church of St. Matthew. There will also be the oldest park of Lodz (Zrodliska I and II) waiting for you to take a stroll along. The Russian citizens of Lodz contributed to the existence of a couple of sacral monuments in the city. Your tour will encompass short visits to the Orthodox quarters in the Old Cemetery, as well as the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or the church of St. Olga, also built in the common effort of non-Orthodox wealthy class of Lodz. Erected inside Park Moniuszki, they add a new stylistic dimension to the varied urban fabric of the city. The most notable Polish landmarks you will see include the tombs of famous Polish individuals in the Old Cemetery, as well as the shrines of St. Joseph Husband of Mary Church or St. Stanislaus Kostka Cathedral. Among the plenty of monuments present in Lodz, there will be a chance for you to admire the Statue of Ignacy Skorupka and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with the most iconic hallmark of this category – the Statue of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, placed in the middle of the Liberty Square (Plac Wolnosci). Once you reach this pleasant urban space, you will be able to enter the real pride of multicultural Lodz: its Piotrkowska street, full of attractions all along its 4,2-kilometre-reaching length.
 
Interested in experiencing the multicultural spirit of Lodz? Contact us to have your tour across the 4 cultures that shaped this vibrant city organised!

Tour Details

  • It is possible for you to take the tour of 4 cultures in Lodz regardless of your place of stay in Poland. Simply - inform us of where you are and what the date of your intended visit is. We will do the rest!
  • The price includes: transport (pre-arranged hotel pick-up and drop-off), admission fees to pre-selected attractions, a guide for individual tourists / small groups of visitors.
  • The Jewish Landmarks in Lodz include: Decalogue Memorial in the Old-Town Park, Izrael Poznański factory, Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Community of Lodz, Poznański Palace, Synagoga Wolfa Reichera (Wolf Reicher Synagogue), The Survivors Park.
  • The German Landmarks in Lodz include: Oskar Kon’s Villa, Cmentarz Stary (Old Cemetery), Evangelical – Augsburg Church of Saint Matthew, Herbst's residence, Karol Scheibler's Palace, Ludwik Geyer's White Factory, Park Źródliska I (Źrodliska I Park), Park Źródliska II (Źródliska II Park), Scheibler's Family Palace.
  • The Russian Landmarks in Lodz include: Cmentarz Stary (Old Cemetery), Dawna cerkiew św. Aleksego, Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Orthodox church of Saint Olga, Park Moniuszki.
  • The Polish Landmarks in Lodz include: Cmentarz Stary (Old Cemetery), Kościół pw. św. Józefa Oblubieńca NMP (St. Joseph Husband of Mary Church), Saint Stanislav Kostka’s Cathedral, Statue of Ignacy Skorupka, Statue of Tadeusz Kościuszko, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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