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Zelazowa Wola

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 minutes from Warsaw by car
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Zelazowa Wola

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

A tiny village in Mazovia, Żelazowa Wola is one of the country's temples to music due to the fact that it is home to the house in which the nation's musical genius, Frederic Chopin, was born. The visit to the house museum here, which stands in the middle of a beautiful park, is one of Warsaw's classic tourist excursions.

My suggestion:
Spend some time walking in Kampinos National Park, which begins just on the outskirts of Zelazowa Wola. As well as containing a large forest, lakes and marshland, it is home to a significant amount of wildlife. There are two very nice and enjoyable hiking and cycling routes to choose from.
My review

Ask the advice of anyone employed in the tourism industry in Warsaw and they will inevitably send you to Żelazowa Wola, the birthplace of the composer Frederic Chopin (1810–1849), so strong is the cult of the Franco-Polish pianist in Poland. Many travel agencies advertise "Chopin tours", in which Żelazowa Wola plays a major role.

In fact, the Chopin family home in Żelazowa Wola, a building in the style of a neoclassical manor house and set in a beautiful woodland park, can actually make for a fascinating place to visit. It still contains plenty of furniture, personal effects and decorative elements dating from the period in question, and it is interesting to try to picture and imagine the famous composer of nocturnes and mazurkas spending his childhood years in this environment.

Though it's true to say that there is not much to see and do in Żelazowa Wola apart from this important commemorative site for Poland and the history of music in general, I did enjoy exploring this sleepy little Mazovian village, which is typical of those to be found in this region and provides a taste of the wider Warsaw region away from the capital, an area not often visited by tourists.

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