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Lodz on the 2 place in the world in Lonely Planet’s ranking of the best destinations to visit in 2019

Lodz has been named one of the best and most attractive places for travel lovers to visit. The city has been recognized in an extremely prestigious and anticipated by tourists list of Lonely Planet Best in Travel. This ranking includes destinations worth visiting in the coming year 2019, taking into account both quality and price.
 
“Instead of planning travel budget by ourselves, we have asked our tourist community to nominate those cities, countries, and regions which have the most attractive offers”, says Tom Hall, editor-in-chief of the magazine Lonely Planet. “And even though some of the selected places may seem expensive, the money the tourists will spend there in 2019 will be the best investment in comparison to both other places in the world and same places in the previous years”.
 
Lodz has taken the second spot in this year’s ranking having impressed with the transformations of former factories into cultural, leisure, and commercial spaces. In the list, Lodz has overtaken, among others, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the US, Maldives, or Houston, Texas. The first place of the ranking belongs to the Southern Nile Valley in Egypt.
 
Specialists from Lonely Planet mention the following obligatory sites on the map of Lodz:

- Manufaktura, which houses the Museum of Art (ms2) and such attractions as: artificial beach (in the summer), artificial skating rink (during winter), and a zip-line above the Lodz Textile Workers’ Market;
- Fabryczna Railway Station – a unique work of art functioning as a railway station;
- A ride in a rickshaw down Piotrkowska Street – the longest promenade in Europe.
 
In the recent years, great and ambitious investments have been carried out in Lodz and their aim was to activate and modernize this third largest city in Poland. And it shows.” – adds Hall. – “Former mills and weaving plants have been converted into lofts, restaurants, and cultural places which are now buzzing with nightlife. Colorful murals emerging on the walls of the tenement houses, warehouses, or factories have served as a stimulus for the development of the city to become a mecca for young artists and entrepreneurs.” 
 
Every year Lonely Planet compiles the Best in Travel list which indicates the best 10 cities, countries, and regions which are worth visiting in the coming year. It starts with a nomination from the editors, users, and influencers who form the Lonely Planet community. Then the selected jury takes a vote. The outcome is a diverse list of places which is worth a visit in a coming year. Basic travel trends that gain popularity are also discussed. The best-selling book of the publishing house is currently the 14th edition of Lonely Planet Best in Travel, whereas their main website www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel contains advice and videos dedicated to a visit in every of the selected places.
 
Best places to visit in 2019 according to Lonely Planet:

1. Southern Nile Valley, Egypt “World-class ancient sites available for a couple of dollars”
2. Lodz, Poland “Combines renovation of industrial spaces and  bold architectural projects”
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA – “One of the best hikes on the  east side of the Mississippi
4. Maldives – Business is growing like news of the network of cheap accommodation”
5. Houston “Fantastic place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the huge step for humankind”
6. Argentina “This country encourages people to make considerable savings”
7. Bangladesh “ UNESCO World Heritage Site waiting to be discovered”
8. Albania – “Europe’s last frontier, many incredible offers, inaccessible at first sight”
9. Ecuador – Do you want to see the best of South America in a short time?”
10. Slovenia “It’s Europe in miniature and a great choice for everyone”.
 
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