The city of Łódź has been chosen as one of the top 25 world destinations to visit in 2022 by a prestigious annual international ranking published by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
The post-industrial city located in central Poland and historically associated with the textile trade was the only Polish city on the list and was selected from five cities in the ‘Sustainability’ category, with the other categories being Nature, Adventure, Culture and History.
Agnieszka Franus, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Poland and National Geographic Traveler, said: “The presence of Łódź on the ‘Best of the World 2022’ list is a huge honor and a great promotion for one of the most interesting from Poland.
“I am impressed with how it has changed recently, how it cares about its post-industrial identity, revitalizes old factories and turns them into living centers and meeting places for locals, and at the same time becomes a leader in sustainable development.
“Once one of our most industrial cities, it now has the ambition to become the greenest. Come to Łódź – you will not be disenchanted!”
Each year, locations around the world are nominated by National Geographic Traveler’s local editorial teams for inclusion in the “World’s Best” list, with the central US-based editorial team making the final decision on which 25 locations are the most worthy. a travel recommendation for the following year.
Łódź’s submission was made by the magazine’s Polish editorial team who visited the city in July 2020 after an invitation from the city’s tourist board.
The immediate effect of this trip was an article by Michał Cessanis in October 2020 titled “Fabryka zmian” (Factory of Changes).
National Geographic Traveler’s Marta Szczepanik said, “More than 30% of Łódź’s area is green space, including the Łagiewnicki Forest, which is one of the largest urban forests in Europe.
“Special attention must also be given to the role of revitalization, which transforms former factory complexes into post-industrial parks, cultural centers and thriving artistic and gastronomic communities.”
Tomasz Koralewski, director of the Łódź tourist organization, said: “We are extremely pleased with the cooperation with the editorial team of National geographic Traveler and Michał Cessanis, who, not hiding his love for our city, has become the ambassador.
“It’s a huge distinction for us in the context of tourism, which is still rebuilding after the pandemic.
“The inclusion of Łódź in this prestigious magazine highlights how unique our city is and all it has to offer tourists.
“Finding ourselves on the list of the best in the world 2022 confirms that Łódź is a unique place on a global scale and we are extremely proud that this has been noticed and appreciated.
Other places joining Łódź in the Best of the World 2022 list in the Sustainability category are Ruhr Valley in Germany, Parque Nacional Yasuni in Ecuador, National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon/Washington and National Park from Chimanimani in Mozambique.
This is the second time a place in Poland has made the prestigious list, the previous one dating back to 2019, when Białowieża Forest was selected.