by ELLA BUCHAN
Dubbed the “Polish Manchester”, Lodz (pronounced “Woodge”) has undergone a dramatic makeover in the past decade – and there are still a few layers of slap to come. Poland’s third biggest city was a 19th century industrial powerhouse before falling into a post-war slump, known as Grey Lodz.
Now it’s back and brighter than before. Derelict buildings are transformed with murals. Textile mills are now villages with hotels, boutiques, restaurants and al fresco bars. Brilliantly, because it attracts more business than leisure travellers, flights and hotel rates are lower at weekends; Lodz is a real bargain.
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