Sochaczew s is a town in central Poland
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, with 38,300 inhabitants (2004). Situated in the Masovian Voivodeship
Masovian Voivodeship
-Administrative division:Masovian Voivodeship is divided into 42 counties : 5 city counties and 37 "land counties"...

 (since 1999), previously in Skierniewice Voivodeship
Skierniewice Voivodeship
Skierniewice Voivodeship was a unit of administrative division and local government in Poland from 1975 to 1998, superseded by Łódź Voivodeship and Masovian Voivodeship. Its capital city was Skierniewice.-Major cities and towns :...

 (1975–1998). It is the capital of Sochaczew County
Sochaczew County
Sochaczew County is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Masovian Voivodeship, east-central Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and only town is Sochaczew, which lies ...


Sochaczew has a narrow-gauge railway museum with a line that runs out as far as Wilcze Tułowskie. Steam trains run back and forth on the line on Saturdays from spring to the end of summer. Although the line is 750 mm (29.53 in) gauge, there is a number of static exhibits in the museum of narrower and broader gauge.

Famous people

  • Fryderyk Chopin - composer and pianist (1810–1849)
  • Wladyslaw Komendarek - musician
  • Bogusław Liberadzki - MEP
    Member of the European Parliament
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    - born 1948 in Sochaczew


Sochaczew has 3 museums:
  • Muzeum Ziemi Sochaczewskiej i Pola Bitwy nad Bzurą (historic museum which has props from the battle which was in Sochaczew by the river Bzura in 1939)
  • Muzeum Kolei Wąskotorowej w Sochaczewie (museum which has trains that use narrow tracks)
  • Fryderyk's Chopin Museum and House in Żelazowa Wola

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