In the Antonin area (south central) is the famous Radziwill Hunting Palace (photos 1-17) of the famous 19th century Polish aristocratic Radziwill family but now well known as the place where Frederick Chopin visited (1827 and 1829) and performed. In this beautiful yet rustic 4-story wood ‘palace’ today are held concerts in the composer’s honor.
This wooden hunting palace, the design of Frideric von Schinkel, in the early 19th century was built for the Prince Antoni Radziwill (1775-1833) in 1822-24 on the basis of a ”circus’ plan. Its simplicity combined with the unique and very logical ‘circular’ construction (all rooms surround a three-story central court) makes it an exceptional rarity of its kind.
Prince Antoni is known for the many concerts he patronized (and performed)
for the most notable artists of his times including Beethoven, Chopin, Paganini, Goethe and others.
Wroclaw (photos 18-72) is the chief city of the historical region of Lower Silesia in south-western Poland, situated on the Oder river. Over the centuries the city has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, and Germany. In 1945, the Potsdam Agreement returned the city to Poland after many centuries. According to official population figures for 2006, its population is 635,280, making it the fourth largest city in Poland.