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Berlin. Chopin in his letter to family describes his first impressions from his stay in the Prussian capital. "On Sunday, at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon we have come by the stagecoach to this too big city. From the post we were accompanied directly to the inn "Under Kronprinz" and we are still here. It is nice and comfortable. Already on the first day of our stay Mr. Jarocki took me to Lichtenstein, where I met Humboldt. Lichtenstein told me that he will introduce me to the best masters of my art. […] Today I am going to watch Ferdynand Cortez, famous opera by Spontini; […] The rumour goes that Paganini, the famous violinist, is going to come here; it may turn out to be true. […] So far apart from the zoo pavilion I haven't visited anything yet; however I know the city in its majority, because during these two days I have been walking and strolling here and there on the most beautiful streets and bridges. I will not put much effort in listing the more important buildings, I will describe them after my return; my general opinion about Berlin: it is too wide for Germans, it seems that it could easily contain twice as many people. […] Today morning I have been watching two piano factories, Kisling lives at the end of the Friedrichstrasse; he had no instrument completed, I have visited him in vain."

At the end he adds several words about women in Berlin: "Marylski doesn't know what good taste is if he says that Berlin women are pretty: they are all bare jaws, or mouth without teeth. They are dressed up, that's true, however it's a shame that these women are wearing cut, extraordinary muslins like dolls."  

Chopin stayed in Berlin between 14 to 26 September, 1828. The main goal of his travel was learning the musical culture and life of Berlin. 

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Chopin stayed in Berlin between 14 to 26 September, 1828. The main goal of his travel was learning the musical culture and life of Berlin. 

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