The charming manor in Żelazowa Wola is perfect for a day trip. The picturesque route from Warsaw takes tourists across the Kampinos National Park and its buffer zone, all part of a Natura 2000 protected area.
Chopin was born in this small town in 1810. His family moved to Warsaw a few months later, travelling to the countryside only for summer holidays, Christmas or Easter. During summertime visits, the grand piano was brought out into the garden, Fryderyk giving concerts in the shade of firs and lindens.
Today Żelazowa Wola is a venue for Chopin music concerts and for “Musical Presentations” (“Prezentacje Muzyczne”) by talented young piano players, with audiences including Polish and international tourists. The story of the Chopin family and their relations with the Skarbek family – estate owners – is on display. Details of the history of the local Fryderyk Chopin museum can be viewed as well.
If you are planning a visit to Żelazowa Wola and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum between June and September, the ChopinPass is your best bet. This is a package deal with prepaid entry fees for both venues, and tickets for direct transfer between the two locations. For more information see www.chopinpass.pl