Warsaw the city of Chopin

Frederic Chopin – one of the world's most prominent composers – would spend his formative years in 19th century Warsaw. Visit the Polish capital to explore the space where the author of romantic mazurkas and polonaises would draw his inspiration from: the core of the UNESCO-inscribed Old Town of Warsaw, the extensive Saski Park and the remains of once-impressive Saski Palace. See Kazimierzowski Palace, where the composer would live as a boy of fragile heart and the Holy Cross Church, where the same heart was laid to rest forever. Do not miss the cutting-edge Chopin Museum in elegant Ostrogski Palace to find out more about this genius of mood-affecting music.

Tour Overview

Follow the route that will lead you through the particular periods of Chopin's life. Easy to cover on foot, winding along the corners of the Old Town of Warsaw, it will tell you everything you need to know about Chopin's life, love, family and friendship – nearly all of these having Warsaw as their main setting. Sightsee the Varsovian parks and open spaces where the composer would spend his spare time, pay a visit to the historical buildings he once resided at and enrich your knowledge of his oeuvre at an ultra-modern museum devoted to this outstanding individual.

Warsaw: the capital of Poland, located some 300 kilometres North of Krakow, with convenient transport options available for use. The heart of idyllic Masovia region, whose countryside full of willows and sounds of nostalgic folk music have always provided composers with a lot of inspiration. This is where Frederic Chopin would move to from a manor house in Zelazowa Wola, situated 50 kilometres of distance from the capital city. Nearly 21 years out of the 39 years of his life were spent in Warsaw – back then, the capital of Congress Poland. This makes Chopin a full-blooded Varsovian, with plenty of traces related to his life and works scattered around the Old Town of Warsaw. It suffices to put on comfortable footwear to start the journey into Chopin's world at Pilsudskiego Square.

The remains of Saski Palace [a.k.a. Saxon Palace] are easy to spot at the side of Pilsudskiego Square that adjoins the Saski Garden [a.k.a. Saxon Garden]. The Neoclassical and once-extensive palace was destroyed throughout World War II, with three arcades to remain on site only. However, it will be easy for you to imagine the structure of the palace Chopin would reside at between 1810 and 1817, beginning as a seven-month-old future prodigy child. At the time, Saski Palace would house a school where Frederic's father was employed as a French teacher. The impressive Saski Garden, an English-landscape-styled oasis of greenery that is centered around a large 19th-century fountain, is where young Frederic (dubbed into "Frycek" at the time) would play during his early years of life. The place is full of pedestrians enjoying their time there, especially during the high season.

When you turn into Krakowskie Przedmiescie street – on of the branches of picturesque UNESCO-listed Castle Square and its Old Town – you will come across a number of Chopin-devoted multimedia benches, playing the pieces of your choice as you press appropriate buttons. There will be 17th-century Kazimierzowski Palace located by the pedestrianised street - a place where Frederic Chopin would live between 1817 and 1827. The building has a bas relief with Chopin's effigy placed upon the entry, itself serving as one of Warsaw University's main buildings now. It is free of charge to enter it. The Botanical Garden located behind the palace is where young Chopin would spend long hours reading, having strolls or devising his most famous Masovia-related pieces at the time, that he mentioned in the letters his close friend would then receive.

Frederic Chopin left Warsaw at the age of 21, moving to Paris – the turbulent times that affected Warsaw in 1831 (the November Uprising) were one of the reasons of him joining "the Great Emigration" surge of Poles. According to Chopin's letters, the departure was something he would never fully reconcile with, feeling homesickness throughout this "French period" until his premature death of tuberculosis in 1849. While the composer was buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery of Paris, Holy Cross church is one special place related to his demise. Following the will of the composer, his heart was transported to Warsaw and placed at the said church, inside a pillar bearing the bas relief with his effigy, created in 1880 and unveiled with the sounds of Chopin's Funeral March in the background.

It only takes a few steps to visit Chopin Museum, housed inside a thoroughly-renovated Ostrogski Palace. Over 7,000 exhibits related to Chopin – his manuscripts, autographs, instruments or private belongings collected throughout the last one and a half century – beautifully complement one of the best-designed Polish museums, whose abundance in multimedia will make even children enjoy their time inside. You need to remember, that this is only a fraction of where you may feel the spirit of Chopin while in Warsaw. The world-famous Chopin Monument in the Royal Baths Park is just one of those remaining attractions that still need to be seen.

Willing to discover more about the life and works of Frederic Chopin? Contact us to visit the places described above with professional guidance.

Tour Details

  • The itinerary proposed includes: the Holy Cross Church, Chopin Museum, Kazimierzowski Palace and its Botanical Garden, Saski Garden and Saski Palace but it is possible to tailor the route to your specific needs.
  • We may arrange your trip to Warsaw with the collection spot located anywhere in Poland. Inform us of the place of your pick-up and the planned date of your visit.
  • The price includes visiting the Chopin-related attractions with a professional guide and covers the admission fees to museums mentioned.

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