5 ice-skating rinks in the city

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In winter, many Dutch cities offer great temporary ice-skating rinks. These small but pleasant rinks are a great place to skate a few laps and taste that uniquely Dutch gezelligheid, that pleasant and cosy feeling that has no foreign equivalent. Discover fun on the ice in Holland!

  • Discover the best ice-skating rinks in Holland.
  • Ice skates can be rented everywhere.
  • Warm up with a bowl of real Dutch pea soup afterwards!

We selected the best ice-skating rinks for you:

1. Museumplein Amsterdam

Ice skating on a beautiful square surrounded by the Rijksmuseum, the Concertgebouw and the Van Gogh Museum. You can rent ice skates and even take a skating lesson if you like. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on the pleasant terrace.

2. Leidseplein Amsterdam

From mid-November to mid-January, the Leidseplein is transformed into a winter wonderland with a sweet little ice-skating rink. Enjoy lights in the trees, snow, and many Christmas stalls serving delicious winter snacks.

3. Schaatsbaan Delft

A great little ice-skating rink is set up in the old town centre of Delft every winter. Open from early December to mid-January for loads of fun with friends and family.

4. Vrijthof Maastricht

The beautiful winter landscape on the well-known Vrijthof square in Maastricht includes a great ice-skating rink every winter. You can rent ice skates and warm up afterwards with a drink and a snack.

5. De Markt in Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Markt also boasts a great ice-skating rink every winter. The square is transformed into a winter landscape – and in the city of light, Eindhoven, they go about these matters in a very big way!

Tip: Every ice-skating rink offers ice skates for rent. Some rinks charge an entrance fee, usually a small amount.

Dutch food

After ice-skating, the Dutch traditionally enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, a plate of poffertjes (mini pancakes with butter and powdered sugar) or a mug of thick Dutch pea soup. These typically Dutch treats are served near every ice-skating rink and are the perfect way to complement your fun on the ice!

Skating on natural ice is only possible in winter, as long as it has frozen for a number of days. Ice skating on an artificial ice rink is possible in several cities during winter.

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