The huge ice skating rink in the Vienna City Hall Square opens: 7,000 square meters of ice
From January 23, the huge outdoor ice rink, organized this year for the 19th time, opens in front of the City Hall in Vienna. Those who want to put their skates on their feet can enjoy over 7,000 square meters of ice. "It is one of the largest mobile ice rinks in the world and for many years has been a fixed point in the calendar of events in Vienna," explains the executive councilor of the City of Vienna, Christian Oxonitsch.
"The success of the ice rink is not only based on the size of the ice surface, which compared to 1996 has increased almost four times, but also on the continuous development and raising of standards in terms of technique, comfort, services and gastronomic offer," adds Oxonitsch.
Last year the ice rink recorded over 590,000 visitors. A special charm is the 750-meter long track, which winds through the southern area of the park in front of the City Hall, while also ensuring the connection between the main ice surfaces. Children and beginners are available from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, and on the weekend all day, an ice surface of 450 square meters, at which entrance is free.
The little ones, who put on their skates for the first time, can help themselves to the "penguins" lovers, which offers a good support for the first slip on the ice. During the week, from 5 pm to 10 pm, the 450 sqm is transformed into the surface for "Eisstockschiessen" - a kind of curling.
The gastronomic offer this year emphasizes regional and organic products. The ideal recipe for warming up is organic boiled wine, organic dessert and hot drinks based on milk, which can be bought, along with other culinary specialties, from the stands located in the Town Hall Square.
Anyone who's tired of the cold outside can rest in the specially arranged alpine cottage, where you can not only sit down in the heat, but you can also taste all kinds of typical Austrian dishes.
The ice rink entitled "Ice Dream" is open every day, until March 9, from 9am to 10pm. The price of an entry ticket is 6.50 euros for adults (plus 2 euros for the entry card guarantee) and 5 euros for children.
Skate rental costs 6.50 euros for adults and 4 euros for children. The little ones receive a protective helmet and a double blade that is applied to the skates for free. On the opening night, which takes place on January 23, entry to the ice rink is free.