Fryderyk Chopin Museum located at Tamka Street is a must-see for anyone wandering the Fryderyk Chopin trail! The Chopin Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Chopin memorabilia and its sightseeing may take several hours. It is worth ending the walk here.
In addition to walking around Warsaw’s Old Town district, it is also worth visiting Łazienki Królewskie park (eng. Royal baths), which can be reached by public transport from the „Ordynacka 01” stop by bus lines: 116 or 180 to the” Łazienki Królewskie 01” stop (on foot about 4 km from the Chopin Museum).
After the year 1822, the young Fryderyk, who had already gained a reputation as a talented pianist, was a regular guest of Grand Duke Constantine and his wife, Joanna, née Grudzińska, to give concerts in their palace - Belvedere.
The Belvedere adjoins the Royal Baths Park. The building luckily escaped destruction during World War II.
Chopin monument in the Royal Baths Park (pl. Łazienki Królewskie)
The Chopin Monument in the Royal Baths Park, the work of Wacław Szymanowski, is the best-known Polish sculpture in the world. In 1908 Szymanowski, a prominent artist and sculptor, won the competition to create a monument to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth which fell in 1910. Tsar Nicholas I gave his consent to erecting the statue after yielding to the requests of Adelajda Bolska, a Polish prima donna. However, the monument was not installed until 1926, a few years after Poland had regained independence.
The bronze monument depicts the Polish composer sitting under a weeping willow. The branches of the tree are falling as if swept by a strong wind to create a picturesque setting. Above Chopin’s head they take the form of a hand palm. Chopin was shown as a musician seeking inspiration, slightly tilted back, engrossed in the sounds of nature. His right hand is raised in the air - as if above the keyboard of an invisible piano, just when the artist is looking for the right tone. The whole composition reminds of a monumental harp.
In 1940, the monument was destroyed by the Nazis. It was broken into pieces and sent to foundries to be melted down. The reconstructed monument was unveiled in 1958.
In the summer (from mid-May until late September), every Sunday, Chopin concerts are held at the foot of the monument.
While seating on the Chopin bench situated next to the Chopin Monument, listen to the Polonaise in A major Op. 40 No. 1; 39”.