Poland unforgettable memories

Attractions in mazowieckie region

Warszawa / Warsaw

The biggest, the most famous and the capital city of Poland. Totally razed to the ground by the Germans in 1944 and rebuilt succesfully, Warsaw is the place which must be seen by anyone who visits the country. The king of Poland, Zygmunt III, who moved the capital here from Cracow at the end of the 16th century is commemorated on the central square of the city - his famous, tall monument, The Column of Zygmunt is one of the main symbols of the town and stands in front of the characteristic building of the Royal Castle. Apart from the castle, there are at least two outstanding palaces worth seeing in the city: The Palace of Wilanów (17th century) with great gardens around it and the classical Łazienki Palace (18th century), surrounded by the large, perfectly planned park with the monument of the widely known piano composer Fryderyk Chopin placed by the pond and colourful peackocks walking between the trees.
If we want to know more about the history of Warsaw, we have to go to the beautiful Powązki necropolis or The Warsaw Rising Museum - a modern museum which presents in an unusual way the most memorable period of the second world war, when the whole city was burning and all the citizens were fighting for freedom.

More: http://e-warsaw.pl/2/index.php


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Czarnolas - Jan Kochanowski (John of Blackwood) museum

Czarnolas is famous as the former residence of the Polish Renaissance poet, Jan Kochanowski, also called "Jan of Czarnolas" what means "John of Blackwood". In Europe, he is regarded as one of the greatest Slavic poets up to 19th century - his poetic patterns became integral for Polish literature. It was Czarnolas where he used to write his most known poems, both funny epigrams (which eg. read one way could be understood as a sb's glorification, but read from the end was criticising them) and moving Laments, written after the death of his young daughter, Urszula.

Kochanowski's original manor house was burnt down in 19th century. The new one, now  a museum of a writer, is surrounded by a beautiful park with a famous linden.

Opening hours:
1 May - 30 September
Tuesday- Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
1 October - 30 April
Tuesday- Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Closed on Mondays, the first day of the Easter holidays, 1 and 11 November, 25 December and 1 January.

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Żelazowa Wola

A great composer Fryderyk Chopin lived his life in Paris, but he was born in Poland, in Żelazowa Wola. Having created his first composition while he was 7, as a child Chopin was called "a new Mozart" - and his further life and concerts proved it was true. There are still discussions about the date of his birth, but the place is sure, and, what's more, it still exists. It used to be a soldiers' base, a storehouse, a hospital, but finally it stayed as a museum of Fryderyk Chopin.
Opening hours:
16 April - 15 October
Tuesday-Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
16 October - 15 April
Tuesday-Sunday, from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Easter Saturday and the first day of the Easter holidays, 1 November, 24-26 December and 1 January.
Available to visitors are audio guides in five languages.

Entrance tickets:
normal 12 zł
reduced 6 zł
school groups 5zł (per person)
One day of the week, entrance to the Museum is free (each month different).
More: http://en.chopin.nifc.pl

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