Thinking of some sporty and fun activity while in Bratislava? Here is a tip for you: one of the best things you can do in our capital in the winter season is definitely ice-skating. There are some really nice outdoor rinks with fairy lights and Christmas trees set to their backdrop, and you might just want to walk around to feel the winter wonderland-ish vibe. Check this list and get your skates on! :)
One artificial ice rink gets built each year right in front of our Slovak National Theater at our biggest square – Hviezdoslav’s square – when the Christmas markets are kicked off. That means it operates from the end of November but lasts longer than the markets, i.e. until the end of March. You can usually see a crowd of people all the time around the rink, just watching those on the ice and enjoying some mulled wine or food. It is beautiful especially at night with the lit square :) Each Friday and Saturday from 7 pm till 7.30 pm there is a promo performance in ice skating, and each Friday you can enjoy a fire show.
ICE RINK AT THE PRIMATE’S SQUARE
Right behind the Old Town Hall, in front of the Primate’s Palace, there is an ice rink built this year for the first time and you can try it out daily from 10 am till 10 pm – however the operating hours will also depend on the weather.
This ice rink situated near the Danube embankment is built with real ice and offers ice skating for free. You get to spend some fun time in a very nice area where on one side you see the big modern buildings and on the other side you see the river and our UFO tower.
OPEN: Daily 10:00-21:00, from 4th December 2016 – mid March 2017
ADDRESS: Dvořákovo nábrežie
Skates rental available (3 € fee for 2 hours rental + a returnable deposit of 36 €)
WINTER STADIUM OF ONDREJ NEPELA
In Slovak, “Zimný štadión Ondreja Nepelu,” is the oldest hockey hall in Slovakia. It rents its ice rinks to professional hockey players as well as general public. The stadium was built in 1871 and modernized more times, last time in 2011. It now provides 10 000 seats and is one of the most popular rinks for locals. It gets pretty busy so I recommend to pick off-peak hours if you want to have the rink for yourself :)
OPEN: WED & FRI 16:00-17:30, SAT-SUN 10:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00, thorough the year
ADDRESS: Odbojárov 9
TICKETS: 2 € for 1,5 hours; 2,20 € for 2 hours
Skates rental available
WINTER STADIUM IN DUBRAVKA NEIGHBORHOOD
A winter stadium located out of the center, in the Dubravka neighborhood, offers a big ice skating rink for public as well.
OPEN: TUE 16:00-17:30, SAT 16:15 – 17:45, 18:30 – 20:00, SUN 9:45 – 11:30,17:30 – 19:00
ADDRESS: Harmincova 2
TICKETS: 2 € entrance fee
Skates rental available (90 min rental for 3-4 €)
WINTER STADIUM PETRZALKA
This hockey stadium is open all year long and is primarily used by the hockey club HC Petrzalka 2010, but it is also open for public in specific times.
AVION ICE RINK
AVION ice rink is rather a rarity in Slovak shopping malls. This ice rink is open all year round for public so you can play hockey with your family, friends or business partners. For children they offer a variety of attractions throughout the year e.g. Halloween on ice, karaoke etc. The visitors can borrow skates or they can attend an ice skating school. Spacious locker rooms with bathrooms and showers are free of charge.
OPEN: MON-TUE 17:00-19:00, WED 10:00-12:00, 17:00-19:00, THU-FRI 17:00-19:00, SAT-SUN 10:00-19:00
ADDRESS: Ivanská cesta 5740/16
TICKETS: 1,50 € entrance fee for 2 hours
Skates rental available (3 € for 2 hours rental + a returnable deposit of 30 €)
Whatever your age or ability is, ice-skating is a lot of fun and if you give it a go, you will also do some great service to your body – did you know that recreational ice skating burns more than 250 calories per hour? :) Enjoy!
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