Annual Outdoor Ice Rink in Amsterdam
This fun little ice rink pops up in Museumplein of Amsterdam every winter. Sitting right in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum, it’s a great spot for both tourists and locals to visit. It’s not built for Olympic hockey games, so it’s perfect for a date or families out with the little ones.
There is a traditional Dutch bridge going over the rink, and it often acts as a stage for musicians to serenade the skaters. Also, one of the sponsors has donated bright green chairs, and they’re a perfect helper for those who aren’t incredibly confident in their skating abilities.
I must confess that I haven’t actually gone skating here, but I’ve spent a decent amount of time watching others enjoy it. Museumplein is a square that I love enough to make an excuse to walk through all times of the year, and I especially enjoy seeing this little winter tradition in action. Plus, my museum card really gives me extra motivation to stroll by.
Hours: Sun. to Thurs. 10 AM – 9 PM, Fri. to Sat. 10 AM – 10 PM
Dates: In 2015/2016, ICE*Amsterdam will be open from November 21 – February 28
Prices: €4.50 with skates, €5.50 for skate rental (2 hours), €40.00 for a 10-time pass
Address: Amsterdam’s Museumplein, directly behind the Rijksmuseum (by the iAmsterdam sign)
Who Would Most Enjoy This Attraction?
This is where I can get a little bit critical and point out who would like the attraction. That way, I don’t have to say anything negative, and I can get away with pointing out that it’s only for people with certain interests.
We went by after a quick visit to the Rijksmuseum on a rainy day recently, and the weather outside was very cold, but not freezing. Somehow, this resulted in a pretty significant amount of water spread around the rink, so sometimes the skaters would fall and stand up soaking wet. Maybe try to avoid it after a rain storm, or wear some water-proof clothes! Stay warm out there!