Lodz Geography - Lodz is in central Poland and was first settled in the 14th century. With a population of over 740,000 inhabitants this is the third largest city in Poland, after the capital city of Warsaw and second city Krakow. Thanks to the city’s industrial past, Lodz is often compared to the great British textile city and is often dubbed the ‘Manchester of Poland’. It is also said that the industrial relics are reminiscent of areas of Detroit, Buffalo, and Cleveland in the USA.Enjoy opera and ballet in the city Visitors with an interest in opera, operetta and ballet can visit the main Lodz opera house, the Teatr Wielki, aka Grand Theatre. First opened in 1967, the theatre has 1,070 seats and has regular performances throughout the year. Loose a few hours at the Manufaktura Shopping Mall This unique shopping mall is a must for all shopaholics. The Manufaktura is somehow shoehorned into Ogrodawa and Drewnowska streets. It is by far the largest mall in town and is a converted factory. This renovation was subject to some uproar from locals when it was initially commissioned however there has been a generally positive response to the beauty of the end result as well as the economic impact it has had since its construction. Also within Manufaktura is a hotel, art gallery, cinema and museum.