What could be more Dutch than an afternoon on the ice-skating rink? In winter, there are fantastic temporary ice-skating rinks throughout Holland. We have selected the best ones for you, so you can go for a twirl on ice skates and experience quintessentially Dutch gezelligheid or cosiness. Discover fun on the ice in Holland!
- Discover the best ice-skating rinks in Holland.
- You can rent or borrow ice skates everywhere.
- Afterwards, warm up with Dutch winter fare at one of the winter stalls that can always be found near an ice-skating rink.
The market in Gouda
The lead contender for possibly the most beautiful ice-skating rink in Holland can be found on Gouda’s Markt square every year from mid-December to mid-January. You can actually skate a full circle around the monumental city hall. Afterwards, warm up beneath the heaters at one of the covered terraces on the Markt.
The Rembrandtplein features a real winter wonderland including a lovely ice-skating rink from mid-November to mid-January. Fairy lights in the trees, snow, and plenty of Christmas stalls with delicious winter bites. It’s got everything you might want.
Groningen on Ice
From the end of November to early January, you can go ice-skating on the covered ice-skating rink on Markt square in Groningen, rain or shine. For those who prefer to slide around the ice instead, curling is an option. Please note that this requires a reservation ahead of time.
Surrounded by a beautiful winter landscape on the lovely and famous het Vrijthof square, you can show off your ice-skating skills every year. You can rent ice skates and warm up afterwards with a beverage and a bite at one of the inviting stalls or cafés.
De Markt in Eindhoven
Markt square in Eindhoven also opens a wonderful ice-skating rink every winter. The square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a cosy seasonal ambience. The city of light has to keep up its reputation so there are amazing lights everywhere.
Flevonice in Biddinghuizen
The real feeling of ice skating through a quintessentially Dutch polder landscape can be experienced at Flevonice, even when temperatures do not drop below zero. From early December through the end of February, you can enjoy the 2.5 km ice-skating track which leads you through the meadows.
Het Loo Winter Palace in Apeldoorn
Go ice skating in royal style at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. From early December to early January, the palace is transformed for winter and that includes the opportunity to go ice skating.
It is not a problem if you do not have ice skates. You can rent them at every ice-skating rink. Some ice-skating rinks ask an entry fee, usually no more than a small sum.