The Dutch are natural skaters, as seen in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and this is because every so often, the canals of Holland freeze over and the Dutch begin to sharpen their skates. But fear not even if not last year, there are still plenty of places all over Amsterdam where you can get your twinkle-toes on! Here are just some (and major) venues where you are able to skate away.
November 17, 2018 - February 3, 2019
Open: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 21:00 & Friday - Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
Where: Museumplein, just in front of the Rijksmuseum
Make your ice skating experience one of the most dramatic backdrops in Amsterdam. Located in front of the Rijksmuseum, this ice rink has been a standing favourite for a few years for the entire family. Specially built to resemble that of the Amsterdam canals (if they were frozen over again - fingers crossed), families and ice skate whilst onlookers can enjoy a hot mosquito or mulled wine or hot cider as they watch from the sidelines. For more information on this Christmas must-see, head over to their website!
IJsbaan Café Mads
December 2018 - January 2019
Open: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
Where: Cáfe Mads, Zoutkeetsplein near Yays Zoutkeetsgracht
For those wanting to venture closer to home, in the Yays Zoutkeetsgracht neighbourhood, there is a small café that is home to a miniature ice rink specially laid out for the local children in the area. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon (or morning) with the whole family as you sit and enjoy the local sights whilst the little ones try and do their best impressions of Bambi on Ice!
Jaap Eden Baan
October 2018 - March 2019
Open: Click here for more info.
Where: Radioweg 64, easy to reach by public transport.
If you plan on spending a day out on the ice during your trip to Amsterdam, the Jaap Eden Baan in Amsterdam East should be at the top of your list. This is Amsterdam’s largest and most famous ice skating frenzy. It offers a 400-meter outdoor rink also features an indoor rink. The rink first opened its doors to the public in December of 1961. During the first few years after its opening, the rink attracted skaters from all over the world. In fact, the rink was so busy at times that that mounted police officers had to hold back visitors at the rink’s entrance! A favourite amongst locals!
For more info, ask your concierge during your stay at Yays. Have fun and skate safe!
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