Winter — time skating, warming breaks with hot cocoa or mulled wine. And even better to do it in the courtyard of an old English castle or at the foot of the snow-capped mountains. We have compiled a list of the ten most impressive skating rinks around the world that are worth visiting this winter.
1. Skating Rink Vienna Ice Dream, Vienna, Austria
Actually, it’s not one, but two skating rinks with a total area of 6000 square meters, connected by a small walkway. Skating rink is right outside the Vienna city hall, and around it is a lot of stalls with traditional Austrian cuisine and hot drinks.
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2. The ice rink at Somerset house, London, UK
In London you can drink champagne and eat chocolate, skating in the courtyard of the magnificent 18th-century building. In the evening at the rink include special lighting, and at night it transforms into a lively dance floor with DJs, parties and festivals.
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3. GUM skating-Rink, Moscow, Russia
A large skating rink near Gum Department store overlooking the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral occupies a quarter of red square and accommodates 450 people at the same time. In addition to skating you can visit the workshops of famous ice skaters and hockey players.
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4. The rink at cosmopolitan hotel, Las Vegas, USA
In Vegas, as you know, dreams come true. And despite the fact that in the Nevada desert does not happen this winter, ice skating here is still possible — at the hotel-The Cosmopolitan. If the ice is cold, go to roast marshmallows around the campfire, or try in the cafe near the ice rink, seasonal food and drinks.
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5. Ice rink Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK
Another rink in England is in front of the former Royal residence of George IV. The Palace, which filled with ice, constructed in uncharacteristic for the UK Indo-Saracenic style. In the evening the facade of the building is highlighted in pink and purple colors, creating a romantic atmosphere for visitors.
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6. The rink at Rockefeller center, new York, USA
This rink with him towering over the skyscrapers many known for iconic Hollywood movies like “home Alone 2”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Elf”, and many others. Since the roller accommodates no more than 150 people, the atmosphere there is quite cosy — but the queues at the entrance impressive.
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7. Skating rink in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
In winter, alleys and sidewalks of Moscow Gorky Park is filled with water, turning it into something like an icy maze. This year, the rink was named “Factory of happy people”. According to the organizers, the ice should be associated with the conveyor of the plant, and the ten-meter chimney to show that the factory is working in full force. The rink also has a dance floor, a hockey court, a skating school and a special area for children.
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8. Skating rink on lake Louise, Banff, Canada
Lake Louise is surrounded by the scenic Rocky mountains in Banff national Park in winter the water freezes, turning the surface into an ice rink. Near the lake is a Wellness centre Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where you can rent skates rental. Riding here is a pleasure, especially in Sunny weather when the sun makes an ice castle, built in the center of the lake, almost transparent.
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9. Ice* Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ICE * Amsterdam on the Museumplein in Amsterdam in front of the art Museum. On the ice, holding master classes, group skating, ice hockey and Curling. Next to the rink there is a restaurant Winters, which offers a variety of Dutch dishes.
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10. Skating rink on the Rideau canal, Ottawa, Canada
In the winter the Rideau canal freezes and turns into a skating rink with a length of almost eight kilometers. The channel is under UNESCO protection, and ice rink included in the Guinness Book of records as the largest skating rink under the open sky. On the frozen ice, you can drive almost the whole centre of Ottawa by the canadian Parliament and the impressive building of the hotel Chateau Laurier.
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