The house where Fryderyk was born belonged to Count and Countess Skarbek. It was here that his father, Mikolaj Chopin, the French tutor to the aristocratic family's children, and mother, Justyna Krzyzanowska, their relative and housekeeper, had met. They were married in the church in Brochow nearby in 1806. Soon Fryderyk's eldest sister, Ludwika...more
Fryderyk Chopin was born in this house on the 1st March 1810 though other sources say it was the 22nd February. The estate belonged to the Skarbek family and Chopin’s father Nicolas was the children’s tutor. The Chopin family moved to Warsaw when Fryderyk was 6 months old though he returned to the house on a regular basis. Though the idea of...more
The house where Fryderyk Chopin was born is set in in a small park. The park was created between 1931-1937 and features almost 500 different trees and bushes. There are some statues around the grounds and a small lake. From the first Sunday in May until the last Sunday in September 1 hour open air concerts are held at 11am & 3pm. During July &...more
There are four monuments to Chopin in the park around Chopin's house. I took pictures of two: Chopin's monument by Jozef Goslawski sculpted in 1969, where the great composer is shown concentrating on the music he is playing and the brass bust by Zofia Wolska, the gift of Stadtmuseum in Dusseldorf.more
Chopin's house at Zelazowa Wola is surrounded by a beautiful park, designed in the 1930's by professor F. Krzywda-Polkowski, which you absolutely mustn't miss. The ancient trees, the lush greenery, the creepers and the Utrata River with the charming bridge right across it, let alone the red squirrels begging for nuts, all make it a charming place...more
The manor courtyard, often called "Chopin's Manor", in which he was born, is now a museum, with portraits of the composer and his family as well as furniture from the time of his birth. The park surrounding the manor house in one of the most beautiful in Poland, and wasn't created until the inter-war period. It has an area of 7 hectares and has...more
Zelazowa Wola is 50km west of Warsaw and I was fortunate enough to be driven there. There are no railway stations close by, which leaves road transport as the only the only means of getting there. If you go on an organised coach tour it will cost you approximately 60 euros. A cheaper option is to use a summer minibus organised by the Chopin Society which costs 23zl but you have to book a ticket before hand due to a limited number of seats. The minibus departs Ostrogski Castle which is the Chopin Museum at ul. Okolnik 1, Warsaw at 10.30am on Saturdays, leaving Zelazowa Wola at 1pm. On Sundays the minibus leaves Warsaw at 1.30pm for the Sunday Concert at 3pm, leaving afterwards at 4.15pm. Tickets can be booked by phoning: + 48 22 827-54-73 ext. 108 and by e-mail: email@example.com
On leaving the grounds of the manor and making our way for the car park we were accosted by street vendors selling all kinds of souvenirs from their stalls. The 'works of art' they were selling were not worth the money they wanted and many of them were complete rubbish, like the witches with ugly hairy (yes) noses. If you really want to get a souvenir from there, visit the kiosk to the left of the park gate, but choose carefully, ignore the plastic gadgets. Or, even better, visit one of the Cepelia shops in Warsaw, where you will find souvenirs from Poland too but a larger selection and the quality is guaranteed.
What to buy: Did not see anything special, unless you like the jewellery in the kiosk, some amber pieces were not bad if expensive. There were some beautiful ornate boxes too, but I didn't need one.