Experience 19th century Warsaw, the city of noble families and their palaces to which a young piano prodigy was invited to play. In addition to the must-see sites, you will be guided off the traditional route to delve deeper into young Fryderyk Chopin’s life. Starting from the National Philharmonic, where every five years pianists from all over the world compete to win the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, you will walk to the location of the first Chopin family home. Passing the Grave of Unknown Soldier, you’ll stroll in the shade of old trees through the first park opened to Varsovians – The Saxon Gardens - every so often relaxing on one of “Chopin’s benches” to enjoy the composer’s music. Marvel at the Opera House and then walk with young Fryderyk on his way to music school. Then take a break and sample some of Lourse’s delicacies, just as young Chopin might have when he was playing in the National Theatre, where the Swiss confectioner opened his first café. Next, see where young Fryderyk played a church organ during student masses and visit the final resting place of his heart – the Church of the Holy Cross. Feel Chopin’s spirit with all your senses and experience Warsaw as it was in his youth, and which remains a memoir of Poland’s most celebrated composer. Finally, we will recommend where you can join an evening recital of the virtuoso's music.
Cześć, we are Mikolaj Drózd and Katarzyna Ratajczyk. We're connected with both Chopin and Warsaw in a very special way. Besides being a tour guide and working in the city's promotion bureau, Katarzyna was desperately fighting to return Poland's greatest composer to the most representative parts of the city. She finally succeeded by creating the so called “Chopin’s Benches”. Ask her about it! We love Warsaw, not only for its multi-layered history, but also for what is going on now.
Sample some of Lourse’s delicacies, just as young Chopin might have when he was playing in the National Theatre, where the…
Let’s have a coffee break in the exquisite Lourse café inside one of the most prestigious and historical hotels in town.
Expect surprises along the way - something that young Fryderyk liked very much and can be handy when you decide to attend the…
“Chopin’s Benches” - designed for the National Year of Chopin in 2010. They play music and inform how each location is connected with his life. Three addresses which the Chopin family called home. The Visitation Church and Church of the Holy Cross – the final resting place of his heart. Venues of his first concerts, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Opera House, the Warsaw University and many other places associated with Fryderyk's youth.
Experience Warsaw with Young Chopin