Attractions in Mazowieckie Region
Mazowieckie is the largest region in Poland, full of all kinds of attractions and famous for being the home of Fryderyk Chopin – the great Polish composer. The city of Warsaw, which is the capital of the country, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Although Warsaw is full of impressive monuments and iunteresting museums, the mazowieckie region has plenty of other attractions to discover beyond its largest city. This article will give you information about some of the most interesting attraction in the mazowieckie region.
The Family Home of Fryderyk Chopin
The Family Home of Fryderyk Chopin is the biographical museum of Fryderyk Chopin, located in Zelazowa Wola.
In 1926, two institutions were established with the purpose of acquiring the village of Zelazowa Wola from private owners. In 1931, the building went through renovaation based on the project by architect Julian Zakowski. In the 1930s, the interior of the house was equipped with 19th-century furniture based on the project by Lech Niemojewski. After World War II, the mansion required another renovation. The project of the reconstruction was developed in 1948 by Mieczyslaw Kuzma.
The Modlin Fortress
The Modlin Fortress is a complex of strengthenings located in Mazowsze, approximately 30 kilometers to the north-west from Warsaw. It is one of the largest and best preserved fortresses in Poland. The place, where the communication trails of the rivers Vistula Narew and Bug coincided was already strengthened in the early middle ages, during the reign of the Piast dynasty. The construction of the Modlin Fortress began for the order of Napoleon. In 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars, the fortress was supposed to serve as a shelter for the French army.
The „Julinek” amusement park
The „Julinek” amusement park, located not far from Warsaw, is a unique place, not only in Poland, but also on a worldwide scale. Long ago, Julinek used to be the most prestigious school for circus performers in Poland. During the 50 years of its existence, more than 370 circus artists were trained in this school. Nowadays, the „Julinek” amusement park has an exhibit dedicated to circus art, which is the only exhibit of its kind in Poland and one of the very few in Europe.
Apart from preserving its circus heritage, the „Julinek” amusement park also has other exciting attractions, such as a funfair with colorful carousels, a minigolf court, an arcade, where you can win tickets and exchange them for prizes, and a rope park.
The Kampinos Wilderness
The Kampinos Wilderness is a forest complex located in central Poland, to the north-west from Warsaw. Its landscape is the result of the activity of waters flowing during the Baltic glaciation.
For a very long time, the Kampinos Wilderness remained pristine. In the 15th century, the first settlements appeared deep in the forests. In the 16th century, the forest became part of the royal wealth. In the past, the Kampinos Wilderness was a hunting area. This is where Wladyslaw Jegiello, Jan III Sobieski an Stanislaw August Poniatowski used to go hunting.
The palace in Jablonna
The palace in Jablonna is a monumental, classicist palace complex constructed in the late 18th century in the town of Jablonna. Since the middle ages, Jablonna was the ownership of the bishops of Plock. In 1773, it was acquired by bishop Michal Poniatowski, who ordered the design of a new palace residencee. After the death of Michal Poniatowski in 1794, Jablonna was inherited by his nephew – Jozef Poniatowski. In 1944, the palace and its adjacent buildings were severely destroyed during the warfare, but after the war, it was reconstructed based on a design by Mieczyslaw Kuzma.