Żelazowa Wola. Manor house from the early nineteenth century, where Frederic Chopin was born. His family lived permanently in the left side of the mansion, the remaining part of the building was occupied by a family of Count Skarbek - in which Chopin's parents worked. Probably the living conditions were very heavy. In the Chopin family rooms was not even wood floors, just a hard earthen floor. The owner of the property had so lavish lifestyle that soon gave up all his belongings and fled from creditors to Paris, leaving his wife with children in Poland. Concerned about the future, Chopin family moved to Warsaw. Manor house in Żelazowa Wola slowly deteriorated and for over 100 years in chambers pickled cabbage, kept pigs and chickens, until 1928, when the manor bought Chopin Committee and adapted inside a museum of the composer. Today's reconstruction of the house and the surrounding manor is a vision and imagination on the Polish manor house of the nineteenth century.
Portrait of a mother of Frederic Chopin. Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska. Poor noblewoman from youth took care of Skarbek family home, where she met her husband, French tutor. Tekla Justyna played piano and sang, while her husband played violin and flute. According to biographers, she was cordial, warm and attentive. She epitomized modesty and gentleness. Her favorite melody was song about Laura and Philo - lovers who meet secretly at night. The melody went through the development of Frederic Chopin in the form of Fantasy in A major, Op. 13 for piano and orchestra.
Portrait of a father of Frederic Chopin. Nicolas Chopin. He grew up in a poor family of French peasants in Lorraine. The owner of nearby assets - Pole, educated him, and took to Poland. Nicolas began working as a tutor and teacher of the French language. At that time, Europe was flooded by aristocrats fleeing from revolutionary France and in most Polish homes fashionable was having your own aristocrat. Since Nicolas was not a well-born - the fact that he worked as the tutor in rich families reflects well on his education and refinement. Professor Nicolas Chopin was preserved in the memory of his pupils as a man of strict moral principles but fair and diligent. He enjoyed great respect among Warsaw elite. His reputation grew thanks to the talent of his son. Nicolas remember what effort parents put in his upbringing, and that this was associated with separation. That's way he adopted a similar principle to Frederick. He tried very to win a government scholarship for his study music in France. He carefully organized trip. He constantly corresponded with his son by giving him not only advice, but also helping materially. The marriage of Tekla Justyna and Nicolas Chopin was sustained and successful. They happily lived together for 38 years.
Żelazowa Wola. Chopin Monument. In Warsaw - in Łazienki Park, in 76 acres is only one monument of Chopin. However, in the park in Żelazowa Wola in 4 acres located 5 Chopin monuments. This means that approximately every 80 meters we trip over the obelisk. From the oldest (nineteenth century), founded by in love with the music of Chopin - a Russian, also a pianist. And then you have to watch out for sandstone bust of the composer put on the occasion of 119 anniversary of his death. Acknowledging the 120 anniversary of his death is as important as the 119 - erected another monument of bronze. After several years Germans reminded about the museum. During the war, they stole all exhibits, paintings and piano - but instead of that, they founded in 1984 a bronze bust. A few years later, in another impulse of lofty feelings - the inhabitants of Munich, gave the museum a wooden image of Chopin. This wooden statue was used to perform the proper monument cast in bronze in Germany. Typically, after created by the cast, wooden original is destroyed. This time Żelazowa Wola was endowed by it.
Brochów. The parish church of the Chopin family. Took place here the three important events for them. First, the composer's parents wedding - Nicolas with Tekla Justyna. Then the baptism of Frederick, and finally, much later, marriage of the composer's sister. The original parish registers with entries certifying these events are preserved to this day. The church erected from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century - is a rare example of a defensive sacred building. It was designed by Italian architect (responsible for the Barbican in Warsaw), looks like Italian churches, because of typical for them deployment of towers. At one end of the building there are two towers, and on the opposite end is only one. In Poland, such a solution is rare. About defense function of the church remind shooting windows in the walls and placed inside the building fireplaces for cooking food for the crew in case of siege.
Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose. After about an hour you come to the Chopin Museum in Żelazowa Wola where independently with audio-guide (7 languages - english, french, german, japanese, polish, russian, spanish ) you visit the park and manor house with an exhibition. Then our driver takes you to the church in Brochów. If you are interested in individual exploring in any language, subcharge is necessary.
After completion of Żelazowa Wola Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Transit Warsaw - Żelazowa Wola.
2. Żelazowa Wola. Chopin Museum in Żelazowa Wola. Chopin Museum - individual sightseeing of exposition with audio-guide in 7 languages. Time 1 hour.
3. Transit Żelazowa Wola - Brochów.
4. Church in Brochów - individual sightseeing of the church.
5. Transit Brochów - Warsaw.
The total duration of the tour: 4 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola is 50 km / 31 miles.
Distance between Żelazowa Wola and Brochów is 12 km / 7 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 1 hour.
Time of Żelazowa Wola Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.