Piotrków Trybunalski

Old Town

Piotrków Trybunalski is second biggest city in the Łódź Voivodeship of Poland with around 80,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of Piotrków County and it's almost 800 years old. The city itself was portrayed in the movie Jacob the Liar starring Robin Williams.


According to tradition not confirmed by historical sources Piotrków was founded by Piotr Wlostowic, a powerful 12th century magnate from Silesia. The name of the city comes from the name Peter translated into Polish (Piotr), in a diminutive form (Piotrek). The town has been known in Yiddish as פּעטריקעװ or Petrikev, in German as Petrikau, and in Russian as Петроков or Petrokov.

At first a market town and a place of the princes' tribunals (in the 13th and 15th centuries), Piotrków became an administrative centre (the capital of the district since 1418), and in the later centuries it also became an important political centre in Poland. While the importance of Piotrków in the political life of the country had contributed to its development in the 16th century, the city declined in the 17th and 18th centuries, due to fires, epidemics, wars against Sweden, and finally the Partitions of Poland.

Piotrków had the first ghetto for Jews in occupied Poland, built as early as October 1939. Approximately 25,000 people from Piotrków and the nearby towns and villages were imprisoned there. 22,000 were sent to the Treblinka extermination camp, while 3,000 were imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps.

Get in

By plane

Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport (IATA: LCJ) is nearest international airport (about 50 km), but better choice is largest Polish Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW) (about 160 km).

By train

The schedule of trains in Poland

By car

Piotrków is located in junction of roads:

By bus

Because of its location at a junction of major roads Piotrków Trybunalski is well connected to almost all major cities in Poland by the PKS lines. From Warsaw or Katowice you can get to Piotrków Trybunalski by the Polski Express. There are some international lines like Eurolines too.

Get around

Public transport is operated by MZK Piotrków Trybunalski. The descriptions on bus stops are in Polish only. See the Polish phrasebook if you feel uncomfortable. The schedules are here

Taxis are another option, and they are quite cheap for a Westerner. However, you should make sure that there is a taxi sign atop the cab and that the driver has a permit. Best way is to use one of Taxi companies (phone numbers):


Great Synagogue

For more information visit the "Tourist Information Point" called "Informacja Turystyczna" on Czarnieckiego Square 10, 44 732 36 63 (next to Trybunalski Square)




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