Friendly, hospitable Żyrardów invites you to stroll through the charming nineteenth-century streets of the only post-industrial settlement in Europe that has been 95% preserved. Żyrardów, Poland’s former flax capital, delights visitors with the richness unexpected in such a small town of its industrial sites. Another reason to visit Żyrardów is its rich cultural heritage. The many concerts, exhibitions, and theater performances offer something for everyone, no matter what his interests or moods. Testifying to the glorious history of the city are many monuments, including Our Lady of Consolation, one of the largest churches in Mazovia; the Ochronka, the oldest functioning day-care centre in Poland, dating back to 1875; Resursa with its dazzling theatre/ballroom; the villa of Karl Dittrich, Jr. located in the ‘most beautiful park of Mazovia’; and the renovated linen factory, where the past meets the present. The more than 200 historic buildings of this factory settlement enchant the visitor along with hospitable hotels, charming restaurants and atmospheric cafés, all situated in the unique atmosphere of busy streets winding between factory walls.