8 of the most beautiful ice rinks around the world

Why not visit one of these enchanting spots and give ice skating a go for yourself?

If you fancy twirling around the ice like Torvill and Dean, try visiting one of these winter wonderland spots.

1. Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada

Every winter, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, a Unesco World Heritage Site, becomes the world’s biggest skating rink.

Skating season generally runs from January to late February.

Skate along the 8km rink and pass some of Canada’s parliament buildings as you go.

2. Rockefeller Center, New York, USA

Fans of Home Alone 2 will know that if you want to see a huge Christmas tree in New York, you head to the Rockefeller Center.

You can also go for a festive-themed skate on one of the most breath-taking ice rinks the city that never sleeps has to offer.

3. Vienna Ice World, Austria

From January to March, Vienna’s city hall makes for a magnificent backdrop to a huge ice skating rink.

You can practise a Viennese waltz on ice under starlight here as the rink is open until 9pm most nights.

4. Tower of London, London, UK

While crowds flock to skate at Somerset House, we recommend opting for the Tower of London’s ice rink instead.

Take in a magical moment skating between the historic castle and London’s lifeblood, the Thames.

5. Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK

You’ll struggle to find a more romantic ice rink than the one at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.

Inspired by Indian architecture, the Pavilion makes for a beautiful spot to get your skates on.

6. ICE*Amsterdam, Netherlands

There’s not just ice skating on offer here, as you can test your ice hockey and curling skills too.

Amsterdam’s Museumplein has plenty of seasonal sparkle.

7. Warsaw Old Town Ice Rink, Warsaw, Poland

Channel your inner Ariel on ice as you skate around Warsaw’s mermaid statue.

There are plenty of spots to try local street food too.

8. Budapest City Park Ice Rink, Budapest, Hungary

In summer, this rink is a boating lake, but come winter it is transformed into Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink.

What could be more magical than skating at the foot of a castle?

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