Whenever it begins to look a lot like Christmas, people flock to the ice skating rinks. Rotterdam has a couple of interesting options, such as a 400-meter ice rink in Kralingen, a romantic experience near Euromast as well as 500m2 of fun at Plaswijckpark.
Schaatsbaan Rotterdam (Kralingen)
Schaatsbaan Rotterdam is the biggest ice skating experience in Rotterdam. On this magical ice rink in Kralingen, you skate around inside an atmospheric tunnel with rainbow lighting. The main ice rink is 400-meter ice long and has official International Skating Union dimensions. There's also a large 1600m2 'fun rink' as well as a separate curling track.
Schaatsbaan Rotterdam is open from December 1st 2018 through February 27th 2019.
There are a wide variety of prices, so check out the tickets page for more information. In general, it's €5,50 on weekdays and €6,50 on weekends. Kids 3 years old and under enter free. Ice skates rental varies from €6 to €9, depending on the type of skates. Schaatsbaan Rotterdam is 100% cashless, so you're only able to pin via debit card. Gloves are compulsory.
Ijsvrij Park Festival is open from the November 30th 2018 through January 6th 2019.
Ijsvrij Park Festival (Euromast)
According to Lonely Planet, the Ijsvrij Park Festival is one of the top three most beautiful ice skating rinks in Europe. It's located in The Park at Euromast. It's a very romantic, roofed skating rink. According to event managers, visitors often compare the experience to skating in Central Park (New York).
Skating can be exhausting, right? There's an Ijsvrij-Cafeteria that serves mulled wine and hot chocolate. You can grab a drink and catch your breath without taking off your skates. Then simply hop on the rink for another go.
As for tickets, kids between 3 - 12 years old pay €3,50, general admission is €5 and ice skates rental is €2,50. You can find more information on the various prices and packages on the Ijsvrij website.
The Ijsvrij ice rink is 100% cashless, so you're only able to pin via debit card. Gloves are compulsory.
Located at the Bergse Achterplas in Hillegersberg-Schiebroek, on the northern edge of Rotterdam, Plaswijckpark has been a small-scale recreation centre for over 95 years. To mark the occasion, a covered 500m2 skating rink has been placed in the park. Plaswijckpark claims their ice skating rink is the only one in Rotterdam with real, ice-cold ice.
It's a family park, so expect to find many children skating with their parents and/or grandparents.
The ice skating rink at Plaswijck is open from November 3, 2018, through March 3 2019.
P.S. do note that the ice skating rink is only accessible to skaters on Friday and Saturday. Gloves are compulsory.
Tickets are €12,15 for general admission (ages 2 through 64) and €8,25 for senior citizens.
Dogs are allowed inside the park (not on the ice), though they also pay admission; dog tickets are also €8,25. Purchase your tickets at the gate or via the Plaswijckpark website.
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