Winter days in Prague might and might not get dreary, depending on how you spend them. An exciting and healthy way to spend your free time in the winter is taking up ice skating. There are a bunch of outdoor rinks all over the capital. And as ice skating (and hockey) are incredibly popular in the country, this is a great way to get to know more about the culture (in Hawaii they surf, in the Czech Republic they ice skate). Great news is you can borrow ice skates at a number of venues. So even if you don’t possess any (or they didn’t fit in your luggage), there’s no need to despair.
A farmers market in the summer, an ice rink in the winter. Prague 6 has lots of faces
Remember Kulaťák? This is where the ice rink nearest to Břetislavka is situated. Officially called Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square), Kulaťák in Prague-Dejvice is the place for ice skaters to go until the end of February. The artificial rink, which measures 18 by 25 metres, is found where farmers market takes place in the summer (i.e. by Šolínova Street) and is open daily 9am – 9pm. There is no entrance fee here and you can also borrow skates. Should you get thirsty or hungry, a refreshments stall is just off the rink.
Šestka shopping mall now has an ice rink too
If Šestka in Prague 6 is where you usually do your shopping, there’s a delightful opportunity for you to kill two proverbial birds with one equally proverbial stone. You can get your groceries here as usual. But since an ice rink has recently cropped up right next to the mall, what you can also do here is work on your skating skills as well as figure. The rink opens daily 9am – 9pm (i.e. when the mall is open). A day ticket is CZK 50. If the Atlantic Ocean (or any other ocean or sea, for that matter) separates you and your skates, you can also borrow skates here for CZK 80.
Ovocný trh ice rink
How about ice skating in the very historical heart of Prague? If that sounds like a must, there is an ice rink next to Stavovské divadlo (Estates Theatre). Measuring 14 by 30 metres, the rink is here for you to enjoy until the end of January 2019. You won’t be charged anything to polish your pirouettes and triple tulups. And the venue opens 10am – 9pm. Not having your own skates is a problem that a few coins will solve, so the only thing you mustn’t forget is enthusiasm.
Go for a spin right under the Žižkov Tower
Yes, we are talking about the place where you had a picnic in the summer. On cold winter days Žižkov is not exactly popular with picnic and outdoor barbecue lovers. But that doesn’t mean all you can do here is wait for the spring to come. Quite on the contrary. 2019 marks the fourth year the grass covered area is turned into an ice kingdom of sorts. Weather permitting, there is a generously dimensioned ice rink (30 by 14 metres) open until March. The rink welcomes skaters 12-2pm, 3-5pm and 6-9pm on working days. And morning opening hours (9-11am) are added to the standard opening hours at weekends. Morning/afternoon ticket costs CZK 100, evening skating will cost you CZK 120. Great news is you can also rent skates for CZK 50. There is no way for you to get thirsty or hungry here as home-made punch, hot wine, grilled specialties and lots more will be available for purchase right at the venue.
Grab your skates and head for Letná
Some say size matters; others disagree. Whatever camp you belong to, please, be informed that the largest outdoor ice rink in Prague (40 by 15 metres) is to be found in the Letná park opposite the Sparta Prague Football Stadium. The venue is open daily (9am – 9pm) through February 24. Skating won’t cost you a bit as no entrance fee is charged.
Bruslení Na Františku
Na Františku in Prague 1 boasts yet another outdoor ice rink for you to make the most of. The rink is open to the public daily till mid-March. A ticket costs CZK 70 and the opening hours are as follows:
- Mon, Wed, Thur: 8am-3pm; 3:30-5:30pm
- Tue: 11:30am-3pm; 3:30-5:30pm
- Fri: 8am-1pm; 4-5pm
- Sat: 10:30am-12; 12:30-2:30pm; 3-5pm; 5:30-7:00pm
- Sun: 10am-12; 12:30-2:30pm; 3-5pm
Wherever you choose to go and whatever you choose to do in 2019, the Břetislavka Residence staff wish you happiness and the best of luck in all of your endeavours.