When is the best time to fly to Lodz?
Lodz’s summer months, June to August, offer visitors the most inviting climate, with temperatures on average between 12°C and 24°C. Although the city also experiences an increase in rainfall, particularly in July, this is a popular time to visit so cheap flights to Lodz will be harder to come by. Summer is also a great time to explore the many gardens and parks in the city, in between the infrequent showers, which don’t tend to last too long.
Some travellers prefer to brave the cold winter weather and book a flight to Lodz around Christmas, when the city comes alive with all the joyous sparkle of the holiday season. Piotrkowska Street is particularly magical at this time of year, taken over for the festive period by a food, arts and crafts market. Pack warm clothing on your flight to Lodz as December experiences low temperatures of around -2°C and it can drop to around -4°C in January, the coldest month.
Nobel laureate Władysław Reymont once described Lodz (or Łódź in its Polish spelling) as the Promised Land, celebrating the industrial heartbeat of Poland’s third largest city and luxuriating in its sumptuous architecture. Travellers book flights to Lodz for its famous galleries, monuments and historic landscape, as well as that it is one of the country’s greenest cities. 34 different areas of outdoor expanse are found across Łódź, with the largest botanical garden in Poland as well as one of Europe's most acclaimed parks, Źródliska Park both found in the city. If chess is more your cup of tea, go down to Park Śledzia and play some of the locals, many of whom are highly adept at the game.
In the city centre is Piotrkowska Street, one of the longest commercial streets in Europe. It runs from Plac Wolności to the Plac Niepodległości, and is populated by a healthy number of pubs, bars, restaurants. Other highlights include Karol Scheibler's Palace and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the few examples of Orthodox architecture found in Poland.
But there is also a darkness to Lodz. In September 1939, the city fell to Nazi Germany and was promptly renamed Litzmannstadt. The city’s significant Jewish community was either slaughtered or enslaved, while those who were not the targets of ethnic cleansing were subjected to the appalling terror of Nazi social control. Today, Lodz still remembers the horrors of the Second World War, the legacy passionately felt in The Jewish cemetery at the Bracka Street and the area that was once the Ghetto.
Thankfully, not all of the city’s history is grave, and the fascinating collection at Muzeum Historii Miasta Łodzi demonstrates a culture of creativity and enterprise that has fast become one of Lodz’s main attractions. Enjoy the artistic inspiration of some of Poland’s finest painters and sculptors in Muzeum Sztuki, being sure to take a look at the beautiful building of the Music Academy located close by.
Oh, and don’t forget… it’s pronounced Woodge, any other attempt at the name will be met with blank stares.