If you're new to the city and/or love music, this 2 hour walk is perfect for you. Although we're focusing on Chopin, I will also give you a general historical context and share all the relevant info about modern Warsaw. Chopin's music is all about intensity and that's how we'll approach our walk around the central part of his childhood's city. We'll teleport straight into the beginning of 19th century Warsaw: the buzzing multicultural and metropolitan capital of Poland that stood in stark contrast to serene and unspoiled rural character of Żelazowa Wola, where Chopin was born. His music, just like his life, has been heavily influenced by a special interplay of forces: urban vs rural, upper-class vs folk, western vs eastern... and in this regard, Warsaw hasn't changed that much and we will focus heavily on this romantic and yet extremely modern aspect of the capital city. Every now and then I'm available for an additional tour at other times during the day - please message me for details. If you're planning to stop to take a lot of photos and would like to stick to a slower pace, please let me know upfront so that we can extend our walk for you :)
I am a London College of Music graduate, musician and local guide currently based in Warsaw. Although I was born in the UK, I grew up in Warsaw and that's when I fell in love with the city. Chopin is very dear to my heart and I've decided to share my passion for the capital of Poland and his music with curious visitors :)
On our way we will see all the city's places where Chopin grew up, went to school, played his first concerts, fell in love with beautiful singers… We'll look for Chopin's organ (heart) in the Holy Cross Church and an organ he played in the Church of the Nuns of the Visitation, say hello to Mermaid of Warsaw in the Old Town Market, check out some huge murals in trendy Powiśle, visit the Saxon Gardens and its Tomb of Unknown Soldier and more...
LIVE MUSIC (on request) Monday-Saturday: live organ music (including reinterpretations of Chopin's work) in one of the main cathedrals starts at 12:00pm. 20 PLN entry. Until 05/10/2019. Sunday Special: Traditional public Chopin concerts in one of the main parks FREE - until end of September.