Welcome to Nieborów

With its overgrown ruins, peeling pavilions, temples and follies, the landscaped garden at Arkadia Park is a romantic pagan enclave in a sea of Catholicism. The park was laid out by Princess Helena Radziwiłł in the 1770s to be an 'idyllic land of peace and happiness', but after the princess' death the park fell into decay. Most of the works of art were taken to Nieborów's palace and can be seen there today, and the abandoned buildings fell gradually into ruin.

Nowadays, an air of decay only adds to the charm of the place. Tree-shrouded ruins are dotted throughout the park, including a red-brick Gothic House (Domek Gotycki) perched above Sybil's Grotto, a 'Roman' aqueduct, and the impressive Archpriest's Sanctuary (Przybytek Arcykapłana), a fanciful mock ruin dominated by a classical bas-relief of Hope feeding a chimera. The focus of Arkadia is Diana's Temple (Świątynia Diany), which overlooks the lake and houses a display of Roman sculpture and funerary monuments.

About 4km further along the main Łowicz–Skierniewice road (No 70) brings you to Nieborów and its stunning, late-17th-century palace, a classic example of baroque architecture. The palace was designed by Tylman van Gameren for Cardinal Radziejowski, the archbishop of Gniezno and primate of Poland. In 1774 Prince Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł bought the palace, and he and his wife Helena set about cramming it with as much furniture and works of art as they possibly could.

More than half of the palace rooms are occupied by the Nieborów Museum. Part of the ground floor features 1st-century Roman sculpture and bas-reliefs collected by Helena, and highly unusual black-oak panelling from the late 19th century. The stairwell leading to the 1st floor, with its ornamental Dutch tiles dating from around 1700, is worth the entry fee alone.

Arkadia is on the Łowicz–Skierniewice road, about 4km southeast of Łowicz; Nieborów is on the same road, 4km beyond Arkadia. Both are reachable by bus from Łowicz.

You can also hike or bike along a specially marked cycling path, known as the 'Prince Bike Trail' (Szlak Książęcy). The blue-marked path runs about 14km and starts at the Stary Rynek in Łowicz, near the entrance to the museum.

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Frederic Chopin and Masovian Country Tour from Warsaw

This tour starts in Warsaw. During the tour you will see: Zelazowa Wola – place of birth of Frederic Chopin. Put yourself in the little Frederic’s shoes while strolling down the hallways of his old home. Exhibition includes many valuable memorabilia from the Chopin family, including original piano Playel. If you are lucky, hear the live piano concert on Sunday’s afternoon (from May to September). Mansion is situated on the river Utrata and surrounded by a picturesque park. Brochow – fortified church. The current outlook church gained after the reconstruction in 1665. Church was built of red brick and is one of the most valuable example of ‘defensive’ architecture in Poland. Here Frederic’s parents – Nicholas Chopin and Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska were married while Frederick was baptised. Lowicz - This small town is known from triangular market square- only one in Poland and one of three in Europe. Just next to the market square lies cathedral from 17th century and Lowicz Museum presenting a rich collection of wooden sculptures, colourful costumes and paper cuts. In Lowicz traditions are still alive – with a little luck, you can even meet women dressed in traditional folk costumes! Maurzyce – Ethnographic park. Discover Polish folklore just outside Lowicz. Maurzyce Ethnographic Park gives you opportunity to see characteristic construction of villages from 19th century. Admire genuine buildings with stunning furnished interiors and interesting buildings: school, stable and huts. Instead of eg. Maurzyce you can visit Nieborow and Arkadia: Nieborów. See the aristocratic residence of Radziwills family. The beautiful palace was built for Primate Michal Radziejowski. The complex consist of: the palace, orangery, coach house and manufactory. The residence is surrounded by charming French formal park. Arkadia. Founded in 1778 for Helena Radziwillowna park is one of the most splendid park in Poland. Walking down lovely alleyways do not miss artificial ruins: Temple of the Archpriest, Roman Aqueduct, Grotto of Sybil and Gothic house. Park is open for public from May till September.

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Warsaw Outskirts Tour

This tour is an extension to the Chopin’s Tour. It features a visit to the wonderful baroque Palace of the Prince Radziwill family in Nieborow and the magic garden of Arcadia, said to be the most beautiful of its kind in Poland. Drive through the picturesque Mazovian countryside and walk in the quiet, peaceful romantic garden will make you feel chilled out and relaxed like never before. From May 15th till September every Sunday the tour includes the piano concert in Zelazowa Wola.  Tour Programme: Żelazowa Wola - the birthplace of Frederic Chopin. The Manor house, museum and park. The Nieborów Palace - the aristocratic baroque residence of the Radziwiłł family. The Arcadia Village - a typical romantic garden setting. Niepokolanów - the monastery devoted to St. Maksymilian Kolbe, who sacrificed his own life to rescue another prisoner's life in Auschwitz .

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