Skating is a Dutch tradition that goes back a long way. In the past when the Dutch winters were much colder, skating on natural ice was possible nearly every winter. When we were young…
So now the Dutch have turned to artificial ice making. The latest invention is now on display at Ice*Amsterdam in front of the Rijksmuseum. Environmentally friendly, it needs less ice, saves more energy than ever and creates less carbon dioxide, that’s what the makers promise and promote. Sustainable ice skating!
Opened on November 18 and open until February 10, the ice rink is laid out on the pond that is part of the regular design of the Museumplein, opposite the I Amsterdam sign. The typical wooden Dutch bridge was introduced to add some typical Dutch scenery. Skates can be hired on the spot (€ 6) and off you go (entrance fee € 6/online € 4.50). Next to the ice rink, you’ll find a cafe and restaurant. I prefer to have a pea soup (€ 4.50) and a beer (€ 3) here and watch the kids from the terrace skating and enjoying themselves. It’s like having an ice rink in your own back garden!
Right after they open in the morning or around dinner time in the evening are the best hours since it can be crowded here. Gin Tonic, wine, beer, bitter balls, french fries, what else can one wish for? We enjoy each other’s company here while the kids are having fun skating. It is money well spent!