Warsaw Surroundings

Apart from the many attractions within Warsaw itself, well worth exploring is Poland's Masovia province with many highlights, including a Frederic Chopin house.

There are many tourist sites around Warsaw including beautiful Polish Nobles Manor Houses, folcloric sites of Polish culture and historic places showing tragic moments of Polish history.

Kampinos National Park (Kampinoski National Park)

Currently amongst Poland's very biggest national parks, Kampinos is around 385 square kilometres in size and includes both densely forested areas and sandy dunes. The main wildlife attractions include beavers, boars, deer, elks, foxes, lynxes and many wild birds. Just west of Kampinos village itself, the Museum Puszczy Kampinoskeij is home to an interesting outdoor collection of traditional forest buildings, along with an exhibition about the numerous national parks in Poland.

Zelazowa Wola

A small and surprisingly popular village some 50 km from Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola is situated alongside the Utrata River and borders the Kampinos National Park. The main attractions in Zelazowa Wola are based around the world-famous composer and pianist, Frédéric Chopin, who was born here in 1810. Piano recitals are regularly performed by leading virtuosos at Chopin's house, which has become a museum with fascinating memorabilia and pleasant gardens.

Radziwill Palace & Arkadia Park

The palace in Nieborow was built during the years 1690-1696 by one of the greatest Baroque architects, the Dutchman Tylman van Gameren. Helena and Michal Radziwill are responsible for the palace current classical appearance, the result of reconstruction work done in the late 18th cent. Elements of the palace were last reconstructed during the years 1921-1930 by Janusz Radziwill, and since then the residence has remained virtually unchanged, and preserves the original interiors of its 18th and 19th cent. rooms. The palace belonged to the Radziwill family until 1945; after WW2 a museum was opened with a lovely park with Baroque gardens surrounding the palace.

A 7 km linden tree alley leads from Nieborow to the romantic English style park of Arkadia laid out in the 18th century by Princess Helena Radziwill, the lady of Nieborow palace. The park is full of various decorative elements and rare specimens of trees and shrubs.In the words of its creator, the park was to be an 'idyllic land of peace and happiness', and so it is until today.

In summer, especially during the elaborate celebration of Corpus Christi, it is worth a while to visit the nearby town of Lowicz, with its originally Gothic collegiate church (15th cent.), remodelled later several times. Lowicz is a well known centre of folk arts and crafts, but the most spectacular event of the region is the long Corpus Christi procession - most of its participants are dressed in traditional, colourful costumes.



Lodz

Located in Portland's Western Mazovia region and just a short distance to the south-west of Warsaw, Lodz is the country's second-biggest city and currently home to a number of leading attractions and a rapidly increasing population approaching 800,000 people.

Lodz is a lively and appealing city, with some impressive Art Nouveau attractions and a number of leading film studios, although the city does not enjoy the tourism levels that it perhaps should. Warsaw visitors should start sightseeing at the insightful Historical Museum of Lodz (Muzeum Historii Miasta Lodzi), and progress to the Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology (Muzeum Archeologiczne i Ethnograficzne), the Modern Art Museum (Muzeum Sztuki), the City Art Gallery (Miejska Galeria Sztuki), the Textile Museum (Centralne Muzeum Wlokiennictwa), and the beautifully landscaped Lodz Botanical Gardens.

Radom

The city of Radom is also close by, which boasts a number of popular festivals, such as the Radom Air Show, held every other year in August. Radom is just under 100 km south of Warsaw, with around 230,000 residents. The main attractions include the castle-like City Hall, which is just over 150 years old, the 13th-century St. Waenceslaus Church within the Old Town Square, and the Cathedral of Virgin Mary, which dates back to 1899 and features neo-Gothic style architecture. Art lovers in Radom should search out the Jacek Malczewski Museum, where many impressive paintings by this famous Polish artist are displayed in all their glory.



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