In its heyday, Lodz, which sits almost right in the center of Poland
, played a key role in the country’s Industrial Revolution and was one of the wealthiest commercial centers in Europe. Today, Lodz is Poland’s third-largest city and a creative hotbed for artists, writers, and free-thinkers. It is also the center of the Polish film industry—iconic figures like directors Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski studied and perfected their crafts here. Unlike most Polish cities, Lodz doesn’t have a designated market square or old town. The impressively renovated Piotrkowska Street serves as the main promenade. Stretching for nearly three miles, making it one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, it is lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants waiting whenever you want to take a break from window-shopping.