Composers / Fryderyk Chopin / Places catalog

Skating rink

During the winter months, the icy winter streets of nineteenth-century Warsaw became skating rinks. These were places of fabulous fun for children and young people, as was certainly the case with ul. Oboźna, an enticingly steep and winding street that ran right by the Chopin residence in Casimir Palace. While enjoying himself on the ice around the turn of 1826, the teenage Chopin had an accident, although the consequences were not overly drastic. Piotr Mysłakowski quotes Eugeniusz Skrodzki’s account as follows: ‘A few days later, Chopin was skating around the iced-over stream here, where the channel that runs down from the high ground in front of Holy Cross Church to ul. Oboźna was built for the fountain forty years ago. I, a mere lad of seven or eight, had just given my parents the slip and was trying my hand on the ice. As the two of us were skating away, Chopin suddenly fell on the ice, either because he hit a stone or because his skates were poorly secured, and blood started oozing from his head. I looked on in fear as he went pale and lost strength. I mechanically gave him a handful of snow. Luckily, Mr Kozłowski saw the whole thing. Mr Kozłowski was the wealthy owner of several houses on ul. Oboźna and the father of the distinguished lady Tekla Rapacka, now famous for her philanthropy. He was housebound, due to an infirmity in his legs, and had to content himself with looking out the window. He shouted to his household, who came rushing to help. His caretakers and his brother Tomasz were on the pond in a flash. They virtually carried the wounded party to his parents’ house. There was, however, more fear than pain involved. Even though the surgeon Dr Szwencki was called for immediately, Fryderyk was at school as usual the next day’.

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Antonin Manors / Palaces / Castles
Antoni Brzezina’s bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Apartment of Dominik Magnuszewski Flats
Apartment of Stefan Witwicki Flats
Apartment of the family of Alfons Brandt Flats
Augsburg Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity Churches / Places of worship
Belvedere Appearances
Bielany, Camaldolese monastery Churches / Places of worship
Blue Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘Botanika’ Other
Brochów Churches / Places of worship
Brühl Palace Appearances
Buchholtz’s instrument store Other
Casimir Palace Flats
Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park Other
Czapski (Krasiński) Palace Appearances, Manors / Palaces / Castles
Dal Trozzo bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Duszniki Zdrój Hotels / Inns
Dziewanowski home Flats
Engraving studio of Fr Izydor Józef Cybulski and Antoni Płachecki Education
Franciszek Klukowski bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Fryderyk Chopin Museum Other
Fryderyk Skarbek’s apartment Flats
Gdańsk Hotels / Inns
Gładkowskis' apartment Flats
Golub Other
Holy Cross Church Churches / Places of worship
Home of Jan Matuszyński Flats
‘Honoratka’ Coffeehouses
Jabłonowski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Jan Böhm’s townhouse Flats
Kalisz Other
Kikół Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kolbergs' apartment Flats
Kowalewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kozłowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Krakow Other
Ludwik Dmuszewski’s house Flats
Magnus's bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Marceli Celiński’s apartment Flats
Maurycy Mochnacki’s home Flats
Miss Kicka's Salon in Lubomirski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
National Theatre Appearances
Obory Churches / Places of worship
Obrowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ojców Other
‘Old’ Merchants' Hall Appearances
Patisserie Lourse Coffeehouses
Pieskowa Skała Other
Płock Other
‘Pod Kopciuszkiem’ and ‘Dziurka’ Coffeehouses
Poturzyn Manors / Palaces / Castles
Powązki Cemeteries
Poznań Other
Presbytery of St Jadwiga (Hedwig) parish church in Milanówek Other
Pruszak Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Residence of Józef Reinschmidt’s parents Flats
Rościszewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Sanniki Manors / Palaces / Castles
Saxon Palace Flats
Saxon Post Office Other
Skating rink Other
Sochaczew Other
Sokołowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Staszic Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Strzyżew Manors / Palaces / Castles
Szafarnia Manors / Palaces / Castles
Toruń Other
Turzno Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ugoszcz Manors / Palaces / Castles
‘U Brzezińskiej’ Coffeehouses
Viceroy's Palace Appearances
Vilnius (Wileński) Hotel Hotels / Inns
Visitandine Church of St Joseph Churches / Places of worship
Waplewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Warsaw Other
Warsaw Charitable Society Appearances
Warsaw Conservatory Appearances
‘Wiejska Kawa’ Coffeehouses
Wieliczka Other
Wojciech Żywny’s apartment Flats
Wola Tollhouse Other
Wrocław Appearances
Żelazowa Wola Flats
Żychlin Manors / Palaces / Castles