Where to Go Ice Skating
Wondering where to head this weekend? What about grabbing your skates and going ice skating! This winter may not be freezing cold (yet) but that definitely does not mean various ice rinks have not been set up all over the city. As you probably know, Czechs are big ice hockey enthusiasts, thus this time of the year, they usually more than eagerly put on their skates and spend the chilly winter days on ice. Just head out and see for yourself – you will meet all generations, from small children bundled up in puffy winter jackets to their older loved up siblings holding hands and skating with their high school crushes, to grandparents recalling their younger winter days. We have selected for you some of the nicest ice skating rinks in Prague – some outdoors and others indoors – which you can go and check out both on weekdays and during the weekend. So what are you waiting for? This is one of the best ways to make use of the cold weather while staying active!
1. Na Františku
Okay, so we are starting off with one of the most well-known places to go ice skating in Prague. This ice rink is rather small, however it has a great location in the city's Old Town. Here, you can come and skate any time of the week with the opening hours varying slighly depending on whether you came on a work day or during the weekned. Usually, the ice rink is open until 5:30 PM with a small break at some point during the day for ice maintenance. This place is also great for children or unskilled skaters as there is a variety of tools (besides the fence outlining the rink) which you can use to practice your technique. And, of course, if you do not own skates there are plenty available for rent here. The only downside to this ice skating spot is that it gets very crowded really quickly so if you decide to go it is, perhaps, best to come here on a working day as opposed to the weekned. So, what are you waiting for? This is a perfect after-school chill place!
2. Ice Park Tower Park Praha
Second on our list is an ice arena right under the Žižkov TV Tower. This ice skating spot is a great choice if you wish to have a quick drink during your skating sesssion or grab a bite right after you finish. The Miminoo restaurant nearby offers plenty of drinks such as mulled wine to heat you up on cold winter days and they also serve excellent food if you decide to sit down for a proper meal later on. Besides from the alreadymentioned Miminoo restaurant, you can also dine inside the TV Tower or have fancy drinks with a gorgeous view over Prague on some of the higher levels of the tower. Anyway, back to skating – the ice rink is open every day until 9 PM, offering to its visitors a great atmosphere thanks to its cool location and the refreshments available. If you are looking for a unique ice skating experience definitely head here, you have until March to check out this place!
Third on our list is the biggest ice skating rink in Prague which is set up on Letná, nerby the Milady Horákové street and right opposite the Sparta football stadium. This ice skating site has a truly amazing location with a nice view of the Prague Castle. In the last couple of years, this rink proved to be a very popular place for winter fun time, thus a lot of effort has been put into even bettering it for the visitors. Presently, there are two ice rinks on site, one of them being a small rink intended solely for children. Moreover, there is a big tent set up right next to the ice rink, offering to everyone drinks and snacks if they get too tired from skating. Like almost all the other ice skating spots, also here you can rent out skating gear in case you need to, so that really leaves you with no excuses not to hit up this place in the upcoming weeks!
4. Na Ovocném trhu
Another great outdoor ice skating place is the rink on Ovocný trh, located in the very centre of Prague. This little square is situated between Celetná and Rytířská street and has been, in the past, used as a market place – ever since the 13th century, this square was a well-known place for fruit and vegetable trade (hence its name which translates to 'Fruitmarket'). Ice skating here is truly an exciting experience as you are surrounded by beautiful historical buildings such as the Estates Theatre or the House of the Black Madonna and many others. The ice rink is open every day from 10 AM until 9 PM and skating here is free which is a big plus. Although this rink will not be the emptiest, especially during the weekned, it is still well-worth visiting if only for a quick half-hour skating session. Next time you are in the city centre, be sure to drop by. But be quick as this ice rink is open only until the end of this month.
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