Launched for the second time this winter and promised to be opened until March 18, 2018, this ice rink is definitely the most cozy and romantic one to enjoy this season.
It is located on New Holland island which is supposed to be a new recreational and entertainment centre all year round in a historic atmosphere of the XVI century, with sturdier stone structures to store the lumber for ship-building close to Admiralty. The nick name of the island “New Holland” was given thanks to the distinctly Dutch look of its barracks and was first used during construction. The pond in the middle appeared to be used for the entertainment of Peter the Great himself, though I don’t think the Russian tsar ever thought of turning it into an ice rink in the winter.
The ice is of perfect quality and renewed every hour (check the timetable on the site not to waste your time waiting), there’s rent service, warm cloakroom and toilets available for visitors. It was nice to enjoy a glass of mulled wine after the skating and some of the snacks that are sold in 2 stalls on the island. At the small entrance building there is a model of the island with all the future infrastructure still in the process of construction.