OUR ULTIMATE COVID BOOKING GUARANTEE. FIND OUT MORE
Frederic Chopin is a national treasure in Poland. In Warsaw, there is a huge statue of him in Łazienki Park, plus a museum dedicated to him and many concerts are held all year round playing the music of Poland’s most famous composer and pianist. But the coolest sight (or should that be sound) of all, is this series of “Chopin benches” which are scattered throughout the streets of central Warsaw.
In an innovative tactic, the Chopin’s Warsaw Initiative placed these musical benches at various points throughout the city back in 2009. This means while walking through central Warsaw, you can listen to Chopin almost whenever you want since a Chopin bench is never far away. You can sit on these Chopin benches and relax; press the button and each bench plays a different Chopin melody.
In total there are 15 musical Chopin benches that have been placed at key sites around central Warsaw. Each bench actually has a map which shows all the locations of the other benches. Plus you can pick up a guide to Chopin’s Warsaw at either the Chopin Museum or from the Tourist Information Office. To make things easier for you, here is a full guide to the location of every Chopin bench.
Each Chopin bench has been placed in a location that, clearly, is in some way connected to his life. The benches are made of cast iron and polished black stone. To play the music of Chopin, you simply press the silver button on each bench. The benches were designed by Polish Professor Jerzy Porębski. As well as a map of all the Chopin sights, there is some information on each bench in English and Polish. For those with smart phones and tablets, the benches also have a QR code which can be scanned in order to gain access to more Chopin music, information on him and some photographs.
Here is the full list of exact Chopin compositions played at each bench, so you can head to the venue of your favourite Chopin piece:
Anyone arriving or leaving Warsaw by air will be aware that the city’s main airport is also called the “Frederic Chopin Airport.” A sixteenth Chopin bench is housed in the departure section of the airport. See if you can find it…
So be sure to check out Chopin’s benches on your trip to Warsaw. If you want a preview of how they sound, check out these videos by a few video bloggers: