A Tribute to Poland’s Musical Genius
Frédéric Chopin was born to a French father and Polish mother in this tiny village west of Warsaw in 1810. He lived in Poland for his first twenty years, acquiring a reputation mostly as a pianist before leaving for Paris and international fame.
Although he was buried in Paris, music lovers find the journey to his Polish birthplace (now a museum) and the shady park that surrounds it a poignant pilgrimage. Schedule your day trip from Warsaw for a summer Sunday morning beginning in May for concerts by virtuoso pianists who perform in the parlor where Chopin created his early waltzes, polonaises, mazurkas, and nocturnes. The rapt audience is seated on the terrace in front of the house. With the strains of Chopin still in the air, head for Kampinos National Park.
The well-marked green trail originates in the town of Zelazowa Wola and makes its way through thick forests and flower-strewn meadows – a setting that most likely fueled Chopin’s creative fires. If you choose not to leave the urban confines of Warsaw, check the schedule of summer Chopin concerts that take place in the city’s wonderful Park Lazienki near the impressive Frédéric Chopin Memorial, unveiled in 1926.