Ice skating Amsterdam

Ice Skating in Amsterdam

As soon as the temperature in the Netherlands drops, the Dutch start to dream of the prospect of being able to skate on the canals in Amsterdam. Even if the canals don’t freeze this year, there are plenty of places in Amsterdam to practice your skating skills during the Winter Festival Amsterdam.

Corona / COVID19 update

As of 25 February 2022, most of the corona / COVID19 measures in the Netherlands have expired.

  • Restaurants, attractions, museums and nightlife can open again according to regular opening hours.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres no longer needs to be kept
  • Mouth masks are no longer compulsory.
  • The corona admission ticket (QR code) is no longer needed to go to a restaurant, attraction or museum.
  • Most travel restrictions are lifted. Visit the official website of rijksoverheid.nl for more information

The ice rink on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam will be open this winter after all! From March 3 to March 31, 2022, you can skate on the ice again at this unique location in the centre of Amsterdam.

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About ice skating in Amsterdam

Skating on the Amsterdam canals
Skating on the Amsterdam canals

Although ice skating on the frozen canals of Amsterdam is a magical winter experience, it unfortunately does not occur every year. The temperature must remain well below 0 degrees for 4 consecutive days to make the ice thick enough to skate over it. When conditions look good, boat traffic from certain channels is blocked. Fingers crossed that this is happening this year.

However, every winter visit to Amsterdam includes a visit to a skating rink. The experience is unique and you have a choice of different ice rinks. Below you will find the best spots for ice skating in Amsterdam during the Winter Festival.

Ice Skating on the Jaap Eden Ice Rink

The most known ice rink in Amsterdam is the Jaap Eden Ice Rink. It’s very populair with locals and tourists. When the ice rink opened in 1961 it was the third ice rink in the world that had a 400-meter track. If you like ice skating you should definitely visit the Jaap Eden Ice Rink.

  • Location: Radioweg 64 – 1098 NJ Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (>16) € 8,50 | Kids (4-15 years) € 5,10 | Kids (0-3 years) Free
  • Rental: Skates can be rented from €7.00 per day
  • Opening days and times: From 16 October 2021 to 27 March 2022

Ice skating on Museumplein (Rijksmuseum) – Cancelled

Ice Skating on Museumplein at ICE Amsterdam.
Ice Skating on Museumplein at ICE Amsterdam.

Are you ready for a winter experience at one of the best locations in the centre of Amsterdam? Ice*Amsterdam is located on the Museumplein just in front of the famous Rijksmuseum. This temporary ice rink is fully decorated in winter theme with Christmas trees, a winter market, special lights and even a replica of the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam. If you are not into ice skating you should definitely go for some drinks or food. From 15 december till 25 December there is also a Christmas market at the Museumplein.

  • Location: Museumplein Amsterdam
  • Price: 2 hours skating including skate rental € 12.50
  • Opening days and times: From 13 November 2021 to 30 January 2022
    • Sunday till Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • From Monday 20 December to Sunday 9 January, Ice*Amsterdam is open between 8 am and 5 pm.

Het Amsterdamse Glijfestijn – Cancelled

Amsterdamse Glijfestijn Olympisch stadion Amsterdam
Amsterdamse Glijfestijn Olympisch stadion Amsterdam

From 24 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, experience winter in Amsterdam at one of the city’s most beautiful locations: the Olympic Stadium. In the open air and with plenty of space, you can enjoy the winter cosiness. Skate hand in hand on the centre spot of the stadium, slide down the tube-slide with jitters in your stomach, find the way out in the maze and cover metres on the cross-country track. Get all your friends and family together to go curling and end the day with a nice cup of hot chocolate or a cold beer. Together, we will quickly slide out of 2021 to start 2022 with a bang and a positive attitude!

  • Location: Olympisch Stadion 2 – 1076 DE Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (>1) € 16,50 | Baby (0 years) Free
  • Opening days and times: From 24 December 2021 to 9 January 2022. Every day from 9 am till 5 pm.

Ice Skating in Amsterdam RAI – Cancelled

This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to the corona measures.

You will get the ultimate winter experience when you visit the Winter Paradise in the Amsterdam RAI. It’s basically a winter theme park for young and old. There are many activities like ice skating, snow slides, apres-ski, ferris wheel, cinema, Dutch foods and drink, Christmas shopping and much more. It is definitely a unique winter experience.

  • Location: RAI Amsterdam – Europaplein 24 – Amsterdam
  • Price: Day ticket € 23.50 | Evening ticket € 14.50 | Kids (0-1) Free
  • Opening days and times: From 19 December 2021 to 3 January 2022

Ice Skating on Rembrandtplein – Cancelled

This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to the corona measures.

Ice rink Rembrandtplein Amsterdam( Ijsbaan Amsterdam) is located at the famous square Rembrandtplein in the centre of Amsterdam. Together with Ice*Amsterdam this Ice rink is decorated in the winter theme.

  • Location: Rembrandtplein – Amsterdam
  • Price: Skating rink entrance € 2.50 | Skate hire € 5.00
  • Opening days and times: From 3 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 | Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

See all locations on the Winter Festival Map