For winter fun in Germany, make way to your local skating rink

For winter fun in Germany, make way to your local skating rink

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Of all the building blocks that come together to create the perfect backdrop to a Christmas market, a busy skating rink filled with brightly dressed and smiling people taking their turns on the ice is hard to beat. Of course, it’s great fun to lace up those skates and join them. In doing so, you may well discover or rekindle a love for the sport of ice-skating. Should that be the case, it’s great to know that many of the places in Germany we call home have public skating rinks that remain open well past the Christmas holidays. Below you’ll find a few places to get your skate on this winter season. Note that most rinks are presently admitting skaters according to the “2G” rules (vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19). As a general rule, the rinks listed below will offer skate rentals.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Having opened back in 1936, the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum is a rink with some history behind it. Nowadays it’s primarily used for hockey and serves as the home ice for the SC Riessersee, which plays in the second tier of the German Ice Hockey League. The public is welcome to take their turn on the ice from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Kaiserslautern: KL on Ice is the name given to a seasonal skating rink set up in a hall on the grounds of the Gartenschau. The ice rink will remain open through Feb. 13, 2022. Visitors can choose between four daily sessions: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mainz: The Eishalle am Bruchweg is a covered rink that adds a bit of dance flair by regularly hosting evening discos, as well as a family ice disco on Sundays. The ice is open to the public every day of the week; for exact opening hours, click here.

Stuttgart: Eiswelt Stuttgart offers ice-skating from October through March and inline and roller skating from mid-May through August. This year’s winter season runs through March 27. Entry is by advanced online registration. The ice is open to the public every day of the week, and for exact opening hours, click here. On most Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. an ice disco is held, and on Wednesday and Friday evenings, colored spotlights light up the ice as a DJ spins tunes.

Weiden: The Hans-Schröpf-Arena is the home ice of the Blue Devils hockey team, another second-tier team of the German Ice Hockey League. The facility offers both indoor and outdoor rinks. The indoor one is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from September through April, whereas the outdoor space is open from October to March; exact opening times are dependent upon weather conditions. Disco events are offered regularly.

Wiesbaden: The Henkell-Kunsteisbahn is an open-air skating rink that is open to the public from November through March each year. Disco events are held every few weeks. The ice is open to the public daily, and for exact times, click here. Tickets can be ordered online in advance or purchased on site, as long as maximum capacity has not been exceeded.

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