Best Places to go Ice Skating in Germany

11 Best Ice Rinks in Germany

Winter can get you down, but Germany knows how to put some sparkle on the darkest season. Along with its charming Christmas traditions, belly-warming winter drinks and Silvester's (New Years Eve) explosive fireworks displays, winter's freezing temperatures are the perfect excuse to step out on the ice.

Nearly every city and Christmas market has at one dinky rink (or Eisbahn in German), but treat yourself to the best with the 11 best ice rinks in Germany.

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    Rotes Rathaus Christmas Market in Berlin
    ••• Erin Porter

    Lying between Berlin's Rotes Rathaus (town hall) and Marienkirche is one of the city's sprawling Christmas markets with an ice rink that encircles the impressive Neptune Fountain. The god of the sea looks down on giddy skaters as they go around and around his tiny kingdom, water temporarily turned to ice.

    The light of the market turns the rink pink, blue and yellow with a 50-metre high Oktoberfest-themed Riesenrad (the German festival essential of Ferris Wheel) towering overhead. Children practice their skating with penguin companions and soft sounds of the Waltz and Christmas classics power through the speakers. And here Santa flies overhead not once a year, but three times a day (16:30, 18:30 and 20:30).

    • Admission: Free; skate rental available for 4 euro
    • Dates: November 21st - December 29th
    • Hours: 12:00 - 22:00 (Closed Christmas eve; Open December 25th & 26th from 11:00 - 21:00)
    • Address: Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus, Rathausstr. 15

      10178 Berlin 

    • Metro: U-Bahn & S-Bahn Stop:...MORE Alexanderplatz

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    Heidelberger Eisbahn
    ••• Heidelberg Christmas Market. Heidelberg Marketing

    Lying at the foot of the castle, the city of Heidelberg has an enormous outdoor ice rink with one of the best views in the country. Surrounded by the charming Heidelberg Christmas Market, there are food stands and cozy dining rooms just an ice-skate shuffle away. 

    • Admission: 5 euro adult for 90 minutes; 3 euro for children; skate rental available for 4 euro
    • Dates: November 21 - January 8
    • Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 (Closed Christmas eve)
    • Address: Karlsplatz, 69117 Heidelberg
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    Munich Ice Rink
    ••• schlittschuhe.net

    Located in the center of Munich, this is the city's largest open air ice rink. Münchner Eiszauber (Munich Ice Magic) offers the perfect ambiance for getting into the Christmas spirit. Music blasts from overhead as families cheerily skate the ice. When night falls, the party gets started with a music and light show.

    The ice rink stays open as long as the air temperature remains below 10 degrees Celsius. If you need a moment to warm up and give your feet a break, the Bavarian chalet style stands serve steaming mugs of Glühwein and Wurst fresh off the grill.

    • Admission: 4.50 - 8 euro for adults depending on entry time (discounted prices for children until 12, plus season, family, and senior discounts)
    • Dates: November 18 - January 15th
    • Hours: 10:30 - 22:00 (On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve the rink and stands close at 16:00)
    • Address: Karlsplatz, 80335 München
    • Metro: U4 / U5, all S-Bahn (Stop: Karlsplatz); Tram 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27
    • Weekly program: Events include Mondays Tracht on ice,...MORE an appearance by Nikolaus, and more http://www.muenchnereiszauber.de/wochenprogramm.htm
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    Eisarena Hamburg
    ••• Eisarena Hamburg

    This is not just largest open-air ice rink  in Hamburg, or even the largest in Germany - this is the largest open-air ice rink in Europe. Its expansive ice covers an area of 4,300m².

    Every Friday and Saturday the arena changes from child-centric to party central. Live DJs start a set list from 19:00. There are also special events like Thursday ladies night and training.

    They also offer Eisstockschießen, or Bavarian curling. LED lights make the ice playable at night.

    • Admission: 5.50 euro for 2.5 hours (3.90 euro for children under 18; discounts for family ticket, student, etc.)
    • Dates: Open all winter
    • Hours: 10:00 - 22:00; Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
    • Address: Holstenwall 30, 20355 Hamburg (The arena is located in the park Planten un Blomen. Entrances to the park are from Glacischaussee and Holstenwall. )
    • Metro: U1 (Stop: Stephansplatz); S11, S21, S31 (Stop: Bahnhof Dammtor); Bus 35 (Stop: Hamburg Messe - Eingang Mitte und Ost) & Bus 112 (Stop: Stephansplatz)
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    ESWE-Eiszeit in Wiesbaden
    ••• Wiesbaden.de

    Wiesbaden’s ice skating rink is located behind the picturesque Hessian State Theatre and consists of an 800 sq meter ice skating rink and three curling areas just steps away from a twinkling Christmas market. Open to the public, you can also reserve it for private parties.

    • Admission: 4 euro adult; 3.50 euro for children up to 12 (discounts for multiple entry pass); skate rental available for 4.50 euro
    • Admission: 4.50 euro
    • Dates: November 16th - January 8th
    • Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
    • Address: Berta-Cramer-Ring 40, 65205 Wiesbaden 
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    Prinzregentenstadion in Munich
    ••• Swm.de

    This location joins the unique German obsessions of ice skating and sauna. The Prinzregentenstadion offers a typical ice rink with music, colorful lights and festival foods, but rather than limping away you can heal your bruises with a trip to the spa.

    The spa includes two Finnish saunas (one on an open-air terrace so you don't lose feel for the cool air), sanarium, steam bath, zen garden, whirlpool, cold water pool plus scheduled massages.

    If you visit on Sunday morning, there is a traditional Munich Eistanz (ice dance). From 9:30, songs like the waltz and tango are put on with free dance lessons beginning at 10.

    • Ice Rink Admission: 5.50 euro adult; 3 euro for children; skate rental available for 4 euro (evening, family and student discount)
    • Sauna Admission: 4.50 euro
    • Dates: Open all winter
    • Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.30 – 16:00, Friday to Sunday and holidays 9.30 – 21.30
    • Address: Prinzregentenstraße 80, 81675 Munich
    • Metro: U4, MetroBus 54 (Stop: Prinzregentenplatz),
      StadtBus 100 (Stop:...MORE Prinzregentenplatz or Friedensengel/Villa Stuck), Tram 16 (Stop : Friedensengel/Villa Stuck)
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    Mueggelsee Eisbahn
    ••• Ruebezahl Berlin

    On the outskirts of Berlin in Köpenick skaters can glide gracefully by the biggest lake in the city. While those interested in skating on the lake might be disappointed that the ice is in a nearby covered rink, this is a charming part of the Rübezahl holiday park and includes holiday houses, a restaurant, café and - of course - a beer garden. It is an escape within the city.

    • Admission: 6 euro; 4.50 for kids up to 14 (discounts for students, weekday); skate rental 4 euro
    • Dates: November 12 - March (Depending on the weather)
    • Hours: 10:00 -12:30, 13:00-16:30, 17:00-19:30
    • Address: Müggelheimer Damm 143, Berlin, Germany
    • Metro: Bus N69, X69
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    Opening of Stadtwerke Eiszeit in Karlsruhe
    ••• Eröffnung Stadtwerke Eiszeit

    Children skate with penguins, families try their hand at curling and visitors skate, all in front of Karlsruhe's Baroque castle. Infuse a little Egyptian flare with Ramses as the Badischen Landesmuseum partners with the event.

    Skaters gracefully (and some not so gracefully) make their way around the grand Großherzog Karl Friedrich statue. At night, the expanse of white ice takes on florescent colors with sophisticated Eiszeit-Stube providing warm beverages. On select Thursdays, DJs provide the soundtrack with an after show at the Krokokeller.

    • Admission: 3.50 euro; 3 for kids (discounts for students, weekday); skate rental 4 euro
    • Dates: November 12 - March (Depending on the weather)
    • Hours: Daily 10:00 - 21:00
    • Address: Schloßplatz, 76131 Karlsruhe
    • Metro: Tram 6; S1, S4, S11 (Stop: Marktplatz)
    • Program of Events
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  • 09 of 11

    Ice Rink at the Taschenbergpalais

    Dresden Ice Rink
    ••• Kempinski Hotel

    Dresden is home to the oldest Christmas market in Germany with traditions like the world's largest Stollen. It also houses a secret ice rink in the baroque inner courtyard of the Hotel Kempinski. Glide around the Christmas tree in this intimate space filled with carols and people drinking Glühwein.

    • Admission: 6 euro for adults; 3 euro for kids up to 12; skate rental 3.50 euro
    • Dates: November 26 - January 22 
    • Hours: Monday until Friday 15:00 - 22:00; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:00 - 22:00
    • Address: Taschenberg 3 , 01067, Dresden
    • Metro: Tram lines 4, 8, 9 (Stop: Theaterplatz); Tram lines 1,2,4,8,9,11,12; Buses 64, 94 (Stop: Postplatz or Neumarkt)
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    Ice Rink of the Zollverein in Essen
    ••• Jochen Tack via Zollverein

    This most unusual ice rink is on a UNESCO World heritage site. The ice is actually among furnaces which once reached temperatures as high as 1,000°C of this historic mine. It is a spectacular site with a brilliant light display for a festive atmosphere. There are also regular disco nights, curling and skate lessons.

    • Admission: 7 euro for adults; 5 euro for kids up to 14 (discounts for families, groups, evenings etc.)
    • Dates: December 3 - January 8
    • Hours: Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 to 20:00; til 21:00 Fridays and Saturdays
    • Address: Areal C, Druckmaschinengleis [C74], Kokereiallee
      45141 Essen
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    Ice Skating at Kö-Bogen Christmas Market
    ••• Duesseldorf Tourismus

    This free attraction in Dusseldorf takes advantage of another spectacular backdrop, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Theatre), panoramic view of Hofgarten, Landskrone pond and the statue of a mounted Jan Wellem. The 450 m² ice rink is the centerpiece of the Kö-Bogen Christmas market.

    If you prefer to watch people on ice, there will be plenty of falls during the open skate, or you can watch the profis (professionals) during one of the ice hockey games held at the rink every Wednesday at 19:00.

    • Admission: Free; skate rental 4 euro
    • Dates: November 17 - December 23
    • Hours: Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 to 20:00; til 21:00 Fridays and Saturdays
    • Address: Jan-Wellem-Platz, 40212 Düsseldorf
    • Metro: Stop: Heinrich-Heine-Allee. Reach on foot by walking towards the Altstadt and the ice rink on Jan-Wellem-Platz.