An ice rink (or ice skating rink) is a frozen body of water and/or harsh chemicals where people can ice skate or play winter sports. In addition to recreational ice skating, some of its uses include ice hockey, sled hockey (also known as para ice hockey or sled hockey), sponge hockey, bandy, rink bandy, rinkball, ringette, broomball (both indoor and outdoor versions), Moscow is included. Broomball, speed skating, figure skating, ice stock sport and curling. The ice rink is also used for exhibitions, competitions and ice shows. Below are The most beautiful ice rinks in Europe.
Connoisseurs of Stephen Hawking’s Universe, The Favorite and a dozen other films that were filmed in the interiors of Hampton Court will want to visit this rink. This palace of Henry VIII is located 18 kilometers from the center of London, so not everyone gets to it. But this is even for the best, you can fully experience the atmosphere of the London suburbs – quiet and relaxed.
This is perhaps the most unusually located ice rink of all. It is poured on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, at the height of a 20-storey building. The disadvantage of this kind of entertainment: the area of the ice rink is only 90 m², so only 80 people can be on it at the same time. Often you have to wait for someone to leave. And they won’t let you in with their skates, although you are unlikely to take them with you. But there is an indisputable plus – all of Paris from the skating rink is visible at a glance.
Even if you don’t like Moscow, you probably won’t argue that the skating rink near GUM is one of the most beautiful in Europe. They launch it in sessions, so if you don’t manage to get to the skating rink right away, take a walk through the New Year’s fair (Munich hot dogs and mulled wine are what you need on it). Then go to the skating rink. Musical accompaniment is a separate topic altogether. Everyone is playing: from children’s songs about friendship to Muslim Magomayev, so everyone will be satisfied.
At the end of November, the winter season begins in the Hungarian capital and the artificial lake near the Vajdahunyad castle turns into one of the largest skating rinks in Europe. Moreover, the skating rink appeared here much earlier than the castle. Vaidahunyad, although it resembles a medieval fortress, was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, almost 50 years later than the skating rink began to be flooded. But this does not make the castle look less impressive and the atmosphere around it does not become less fabulous. After taking off your skates, walk through Varoshliget Park and enter the Vaidahunyad courtyard. It’s just magical there, and after drunk mulled wine – it’s generally incomparable.
If you find yourself in Berlin in winter, you can have a great time at the outdoor ice rink on Potsdamer Platz. This skating rink is small, but Europeans have long been accustomed to everything compact, so you have to put up with it. The trick of this place is in the image projected onto the ice. It looks very impressive. The winter fun on the Potsdamer Platz is not limited to the ice rink. The organizers decided to add the Winterwelt winter amusement park nearby with a 70-meter snow slide from which you can sled and ski.
Every city in Europe has an ice rink, but many are the size of a spacious apartment. The Vienna administration decided to rectify this situation and flooded an ice rink with an area of almost 9000 m² near the City Hall. There is definitely enough space for everyone. It is better to buy tickets online, this way you will save 10%. Around the ice rink, as is often the case, there is a Christmas market with a huge selection of street food (the wisest thing to try is Viennese waffles). What’s nice is that the skating rink ticket is valid all day, so after skating one session, you can take a break and return to the ice with renewed vigor.
But even at the largest skating rink in Vienna, you will not be able to accelerate properly and practice somersaults. First, the space is still limited. And secondly, the skating rinks in the city center are full of people. In Switzerland, on the frozen Lake Zhu, no one will bother you. No one will get there, although it is worth it. The lake is located in the Alps at an altitude of thousands of meters, so in addition to being alone, you will enjoy the view of the snow-capped peaks.
The same London or Vienna will be decorated for Christmas so that sooner or later you will be imbued with a festive mood. But it is much more pleasant to rejoice at the approach of the New Year, when there is real snow all around. And it, as you know, is not as easy to organize as a Christmas market. No matter how prudent the authorities of European cities may be, they cannot influence the weather in any way. But where it will definitely snow is in Helsinki. So going to the skating rink on Zheleznodorozhnaya Square is a great way to start enjoying winter and plunge into the holiday atmosphere.