Ice skating in Amsterdam
When the temperature drops, the Dutch start dreaming of another frozen winter and the prospect of ice skating outdoors. Weather forecasts are watched eagerly and skates sharpened just in case! But even if the canals don’t freeze this year, there are plenty of spots in Amsterdam to practice your jumps and twirls.
Ice-skating on Rembrandtplein
During the winter months, Rembrandtplein is decked out with snow cannons, chalets and twinkly lights, all surrounding a giant skating rink that finds its home on the square. After an afternoon of trying to stay upright on the ice, head to the winter plaza for a glass of mulled wine and typical delicacies, which looks particularly special lit up as the evening drops. The surrounding restaurants and bars guarantee an evening of unforgettable Dutch winter fun.
Open: 23 February - 31 March 2022, 10:00 - 23:00
Jaap Eden Ice Rink
This colossal rink in Amsterdam Oost is the go-to spot for amateurs and pros alike to really develop their skills. Budding speedskaters can make use of the 400-metre track which allows you to glide through quite a few laps in your own lane without having to swerve for children. But don’t worry, if you haven’t nailed your double axels yet, there’s also an indoor rink and a beginners corner. Jaap is the home turf of the Amstel Tijgers, so be sure to check the agenda for ice hockey matches, discos and a variety of other public activities.
Open: October to March
ICE* Amsterdam at Museumplein
Every winter, Amsterdam’s iconic Museumplein is transformed into a wintery paradise for the arrival of Ice*Amsterdam. Perhaps the cosiest skating rink in the capital welcomes everyone young and old, skilled or beginner to enjoy the opportunity to slide about with breathtaking views of the Rijksmuseum. Non-skaters can grab a warming mug of hot chocolate or snacks from the bistro if they simply want to watch the frosty mayhem. And in December, you’ll find a Christmas market complete with crackling fires and festive stalls.
Open: November to February
Whilst this jolly wonderland took a short hiatus during the pandemic, Winterparadijs is due to return to RAI Amsterdam in 2022. Along with a giant indoor and outdoor rink - which was no less than 2800m2 in previous years - you’ll also find opportunities for cross-country skiing, curling, a tube track, slides, a cinema, theatre and a giant Ferris wheel. Or if you or if you don't really plan to exert yourself, head to the après-ski village for mulled wine by the fire pit and a bite to eat. We’ll meet you in the karaoke bar or silent disco!
Open: December to January