Ice Rinks Around The World: Top 5 Open Air Ice Rinks in Europe

Closing your eyes, hands clasped with a loved one, gliding across the smooth ice you feel the crisp air on your cheeks as your youthful spirit comes alive. When winter comes to Europe many of the stunning and significant public squares throughout the continent transform into a winter wonderland. A magical place where you can lace up your skates and enjoy this festive winter activity with friends and family. Below you will find a collection of our favorite, unique and enduring places to lace up your skates. Dress warm, embrace winter and ice skate!

Sommerset Ice Rink London

Sommerset Ice Rink

London Time Magazine has named Sommerset Ice Rink “London’s Most Glamorous” This beautiful open air ice rink offers unique experiences for everyone from tiny tots to businessmen and women seeking an unconventional happy hour. Summerset Ice Rink has something to entice everyone regardless of age or ability.  At Sommerset Ice Rink you can take a learn to skate classes, or join the English National Ballet dancers for a 20 minute on ice warm up followed by  an ice dance lesson on your lunch break. When the stars begin to twinkle and the lights go on, Sommerset is the place to meet up with friends for a true winter happy hour/clubbing experience with a live DJ and all. If you are looking for a holiday indulgence Tea Time With Tiffany is the perfect Saturday afternoon treat. For hours and cost click {HERE}

Vienna's Ice Dream

Vienna Ice Dream

The Wiener Eistraum located in front of Vienna’s Rathaus (city hall) is one of the most glorious open air ice rinks anywhere. Join up with your friends in Vienna to glide along the ice or reserve a lane for curling and enjoy a friendly match. Everything you need can be found on site including skate rental and lockers for shoes and personal belongings. Warming food can be found near by.  Skating shows, ice disco and seasonal events make this is the place to spend the cold winter nights. Wiener Eistraum will be open for the season Jan 19th 2012 at 7:00 with free skating for everyone.

Ice Skating In The Eiffel Tower

I can’t think of a more magical (or romantic) ice rink the world then this one. Although it is tiny, the memory of skating on the first floor observatory at the  Eiffel Tower  in Paris, the city of love, is unforgettable. Gliding between two of the Eiffel Towers massive steel legs you will looking down at the city below you and Ice skating at one of the worlds most iconic landmarks is open from December 15th 2011 – January 31st 2012.

Ice Rink At The Fountain Of Neptune Berlin

During the holiday season the heart of Berlin is transformed into a Classic Christmas Market. Just steps away from Rotes Rathaus is a donut shaped open air ice rink that surrounds the famous Fountain of Neptune. From late November through late December families, friends and loved ones can be found circling the fountain on skates. In the evenings the magic of this rink is heightened as it is illuminated into a rainbow of colors creating a festive glow.

GUM Skating Rink - Red Square Moscow

GUM Skating Rink At The Red Square

When the cold Moscow winter roars its ugly head, the locals (and tourist)  head out to The Red Square. The GUM Skating rink in front of the GUM department store is the place to take in history and enjoy a little exercise and fun at the same time. Skating near the Kremlin surrounded by Russia’s most iconic buildings while top Russian athletes offer curling or figure skating lessons could easily be part of a “Trip Of A Lifetime”. The GUM Skating Rink is open from December 1st 2011 – March 11th 2012, 10AM -till Midnight.

Whether you are on vacation, or at home winter is the perfect time to seek out your local (or exotic) ice rink for some old-fashioned fun.

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2 thoughts on “Ice Rinks Around The World: Top 5 Open Air Ice Rinks in Europe

  1. Hi,
    Wow they look fantastic, I have never been to an ice rink, although we had one not far from us once indoors of course for a special ice-skating show, it must of taken a lot to keep it frozen. I of course live in the part of Australia that is classed as the tropics, and when we do travel o/seas it is always in their summer. 🙂

    • dawnhbrady

      You should try the one near you!! Ice skating is so much fun, you need to try it at least once! If you can splurge take a lesson!! After you try come back and comment to let me know how it went!

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