Follow the Music: All Things Chopin in Warsaw

Either born on March 1st, 1818 or February 22nd, 1810 in Żelazowa Wola, Fryderyk Chopin is Poland‘s greatest composer and Warsaw‘s favourite son. He has lent his name to everything from vodka to airports. An early age musical prodigy, his life as a musician was full of success. As that of many other artists, however, it was marked by unrequited love, exile, illness, bankruptcy and solitude. He died at age 39 in Paris. His compositions live on and have become a source of Polish national pride.

Our Warsaw In Your Pocket city guide includes a short Chopin Walking Tour (1.3 km), which follows the same path as the Royal Route and leads nicely into the Old Town Walking Tour. There are, however, many other places associated with Chopin in Warsaw. We have collected them all here for you to explore.

1.  Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Considered as one of the most high-tech in Europe, it opened in the spring of 2010 to help mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth. Lear every single detail of the artist’s life in an interactive way. Read more ➔

2. Chopin Birthplace & Park in Żelazowa Wola

The recently renovated Museum celebrates both the Historical Birthplace of the lauded composer and pays tribute to the dramatic history of the very museum itself. Read more ➔

3. Chopin Mural

Created in 2010 to mark the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It features the artist in the company of people, objects and stories connected with his life. Read more ➔

4.  Holy Cross Church

If you consider yourself a Chopinologist, you can’t leave Warsaw without visiting the resting place of his heart. Read more ➔

5.  Chopin Benches

Fifteen musical benches to bring Chopin’s music closer to the people placed at key sites connected with his life. Equipped with a route map, they are perfect for a music interlude of your sightseeing trail. Read more ➔

6.  Church of the Nuns of the Visitation

The church that he attended in his you and which houses the organ the man himself played during a part-time stint as a school organist. Read more ➔


7.  Chopin Point

Situated in the building where the young composer played a concert at age 13! Here you can listen to his music performed live and right in the Old Town. Daily recitals at 19:00. Read more ➔

8.  Chopin Monument 

An art nouveau monument next to the Botanical Garden in Łazienki Park. One of Warsaw’s most iconic sculptures, it depicts Chopin sitting next to a willow tree. Open air piano recitals in the summer. Read more ➔

9.  Honoratka Restaurant 

Chopin’s former hangout, this restaurant has been operating since 1826, and you’ll find several bits and pieces celebrating their most famous guest. Read more ➔

10. International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition

Organised since 1927, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the world devoted to the music of the great Polish composer. Read more ➔

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