Zelazowa Wola Warsaw Reviews
Aug 19, 2007
Zelazowa Wola is about 60 kilometers from Warsaw. It is the birthplace of Frederick Chopin and the home he grew up in and the surrounding gardens are a nice place to visit.
I had six people with me, so we arranged for a bus to take us from Warsaw to Zelazowa Wola. It wasn't too expensive and was a lot more convenient than renting a car or other public transportation alternatives.
The scenery along the way from Warsaw is pretty, mostly forest and green fields.
Chopin's home is what is called a Dworek - a typical Polish manor house. He was born in this beautiful house on March 1st, 1810. At that time the house was thatched and was occupied by his parents Mikolaj and Justyna. The house was opened as a museum in 1931, but was closed during the Nazi occupation and WWII. It was looted by the Nazis who banned performances of Chopin's music and destroyed some memorabilia related to the composer. After WWII is was refurbished and opened to the public again in 1949 on the 100th anniversary of Chopin's death.
The different rooms in the house are dedicated to particular aspects of Chopin's life. The gardens around the home are very large and are also very beautiful.
There are piano concerts on weekend afternoons in the summer season. We heard a Ukranian pianist and the music and visit made for a really nice afternoon.
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