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Let the ice dance begin

City Park Ice Rink, Budapest  BudapestGreater Budapest

You can go ice skating in almost every district of Budapest during the winter months. In addition to the permanent artificial ice rinks, lots of municipalities also open temporary ice rinks at Advent fairs. Have you sharpened your skates yet?

The most atmospheric one in Budapest is undoubtedly the ice rink in City Park (14th district, Olof Palme sétány 5.), which has been operating since 1870. This year it opened on 20 November. The Boat Lake next to Heroes’ Square turns into mirror ice in winter. It has long been a popular spot for young lovers, but it is also a meeting place for friends and families, where you can spend a few happy hours with a hot tea in your hand.

Jégkert, or the Buda Ice Rink, on Széna tér in the 2nd district is also transformed for skating in winter. It functions as a restaurant and bar during the rest of the year. Jégkert opened on 13 October.

 

A temporary skating rink also opened on 19 November in the Sports Centre at Marczibányi tér 12, which is also in the 2nd district of Budapest.

 

The Vasas Ice Centre is in the 4th district, at Homoktövis utca 1. But be sure to check the website before going because only some time slots are available for amateur skaters, with the rest of the time being reserved for training sessions.

 

The Kőbánya ice rink is located at Ihász utca 24 in the 10th district. Before you go, check the times designated for public skating on the website because kindergartens and sports clubs also use the rink.

 

Address of the Mátyásföld Ice Hall: 16th district, Újszász u. 47/G. Amateurs can skate here every Sunday, sometimes also on Saturdays and on public holidays, from 1 September to 30 April. They often have discos too! You can find information about current events on their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

 

The Csepel Ice Park, one of the capital's most unique ice rinks, opened on 24 November and will be open until 29 February. It can be found on Szent Imre tér. This more than 2,000 m² rink with a fantastic panorama consists of a large and two smaller training rinks connected by a 250-metre ice corridor. It’s the only one of its kind in Hungary.

Christmas on skates

This year, you will surely find an ice rink in the Bókay Garden (18th district, Szélmalom u. 33.) as part of the Bókay Christmas programme series, which will be welcoming skaters until 18 February 2024. 

 

In addition to the Advent Óbuda events (3rd district, Fő tér), an ice rink opened for skaters of all ages on 1 December. 

 

The Advent Basilica on Szent István tér in the 5th district also has an ice rink, which is usually free for children aged under 14. 

 

In Budapest Park (9th district, Soroksári út 60), one of the capital's most popular outdoor entertainment venues, the grand dance floor has been transformed into a ice rink again this year, and will be open for skaters from 1 December to 31 January. 

 

A magical winter world welcomes you on The Westend Rooftop Terrace (6th district, Váci út 1-3.) between 17 November and 31 December. Christmas food and drinks, an ice rink, a fairy-tale carousel and a heated Christmas tent guarantee a festive atmosphere.

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