6 outdoor ice rinks to skate on before you die

Get your skates on this Christmas.

Whether your ice skating skills are sick or a bit basic, you'll still find Europe’s ice rinks as magical as ever this Christmas. Also, it’s not just during the festive period that you can get your skates on, as there will be plenty of opportunities in January and February as well. Here's a round-up of the best ice skating rinks to twirl around in 2017 and beyond.

Somerset House, London

Skate London

Image from Somerset House

Dates: 15 Nov 2017 – 14 Jan 2018

Ticket prices: £7.50 - 8.90

Tube station: Temple

Get your skates on at Somerset House this Christmas. Day or night, solo or with friends, this is one of London’s coolest outdoor ice rinks. New for 2017 is 'Skate Lates' - a designer music programme where DJs and artists perform live as you glide for the cameras.

Rathausplatz, Vienna

Vienna Ice Skating

Image by Christoph Sammer (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Dates: 15 Nov 2017 – 3 Mar 2018

Daily from 10:00 am to 22:00 pm on the 24.12.2017 until 16:00 pm

Closed on 31.12.2017 and from 5.01.2018 until 19.01.2018.

Metro: U2 U-Bahn Station Rathaus

Ticket prices: 7.50 Euro

Price for skate rental: 7.00 Euro

Vienna’s Rathausplatz is magically transformed into an enormous ice skating rink this November. Anyone skating here doesn't have to stay in one ice rink as you can go down several routes towards two smaller arenas. Beers and snacks are available at the main ice rink.

Budget tip: Beginners can skate free of charge in a small area from mid-January, weekdays till 16:00 pm and on weekends all day.

Muenchner Eiszauber, Munich

Ice rink kids

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Dates: 24 Nov 2017 – 21 Jan 2018

Daily from 10:30 am to 22:00 pm

Metro: Karlsplatz (Stachus)

Ticket prices: 4.50 - 8.00 Euros

‘Munich’s Magic Ice’ is set-up every November in the city's fashionable shopping district at Karlsplatz Square. Bring your friends during the day or invite your Tinder date to glide under the stars at night. For those not massively keen on skating you can treat yourself to some mulled wine at the main rink or watch from the side.

Museumplein, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ice Skating

Image by Roman Boed (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Dates: 18 Nov 2017 – 4 Feb 2018

Times: Sunday through Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm

Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

Ticket prices: 4.50 - 10.00 Euros

Get your skates on and hit the incredible ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Skate along to Christmas party tunes and drink mulled wine to keep warm in the cold.

Kungsträdgården, Stockholm

Sweden ice skating

Image by Jamie McCaffrey (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Dates: 17 Nov 2017 - Mar 4 2018

Times: Weekdays 9am-9pm, weekends 10am-9pm.

Ticket prices: 30 - 70 SEK

Grab your warmest coat and get on the ice this Christmas. During the winter months, the Swedish capital comes into its own. Expect a wholesome atmosphere with stands selling street food and hot drinks, and this being Sweden, the chance of some real snow!

Weihnachtszeit, Berlin

Berlin Christmas Ice

Image © visitBerlin/Scholvien

Dates: 27 Nov 2017 - 29 Dec 2017

Times: Mon-Fri: 12 pm - 10pm

Sat and Sun: 11 am - 10 pm

Christmas Eve (24 Dec): closed

Christmas holidays (25 and 26 Dec): 11am - 9 pm

29 Dec: 12 pm - 9pm

Ticket prices: Admission is free - skates are available for €4.00.

U-Bahn: Alexanderplatz

Situated directly behind Alexanderplatz, this 600m squared ice rink is the showpiece of the Berliner Weihnachtzeit complex. If you would prefer to drink beer and eat pretzels then have no fear, this wholesome Christmas market is surrounded by some of the best pubs in Berlin – very handy when you feel the need to warm up.