Featured Image | Credit: James Bryant for Somerset House
Ice-skating is one a wonderfully intimate activity you can do with your significant other. Even if you’re not a pro on the ice you’ll be able to revel in the company of someone you adore spending time with- hopefully they can help to keep you on your feet. Glide around Europe, hand in hand exploring some of the most romantic ice rinks Europe has to offer this winter. Here at H&L we recommend visiting before Christmas to bask in the magical atmosphere; there is something incredibly charming about wrapping up warm and getting into the festive spirit on the ice with your partner. Whether you’re going on your first date, or on your 100th, we’ve selected only the most romantic outdoor ice-skating rinks in Europe to visit this winter.
Somerset House, London
Somerset House is probably the most familiar to us, a neo-classical building in the heart of London. In the summertime, the house plays host to open-air concerts and film screenings whilst over 50 fountains dazzle in the eighteenth century courtyard. However during the winter, Somerset house is transformed into a magical, icy wonderland as hundreds of people flock to the rink to try their luck at skating. For those who are seeking art, culture and creativity, Somerset house is a truly inspiring place. It transforms into a deeply romantic setting when the doors are opened to the ice rink in November each year.
020 7845 4600
Hotel de Ville, Paris
Paris may seem like a stereotypical European option for a romantic winter skate, but there are good reasons as to why it is a consistent choice for luxury lovers. The city exudes romance from almost every corner and crevice and for a picture-perfect romantic experience in Paris it cant get more spectacular than the outdoor ice rink. The ice rink is located right outside the auroral 19th century Hôtel de Ville, otherwise known as The City Hall. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time as many of the worlds culture driven couples descend upon this grand location.
Place de l’Hôtel de ville,
Wiener Eistraum ‘Ice Dream’ Skating Rink
Our next icy wonderland is located in the stunning city of Vienna. Every year a mobile ice rink is placed just outside the town hall, overlooking the Burgtheater; one of the most important European stages. Wiener Eistraum, also known as the ‘Ice Dream’ arena is predominantly characterized by the beautifully coloured, twinkling lights and vast amount of ice. During the winter months when the rink is constructed the Viennese market is also open for business, specialising in cakes as well as traditional food and drink. Our advice is to order the hot glühwien (known more commonly as mulled wine). The perfect treat for a chilling winter’s day or night.
Rathaus Square 1,
+43 1 4090040
Spikersuppa Skating Rink
Positioned in between the National Theatre and Parliament in Oslo, Spikersuppa skating rink is guaranteed to provide you with a day or night of joy. In the daytime the sun will shine on the glistening ice but the evenings show the arena’s true beauty. The lights twinkle from in between the trees and classical music pours out of the speakers making it a truly magical experience for everyone around. The rink is open between December and March and customers have the choice of bringing their own skates or renting a pair for NOK 100 per day (roughly £8). Go on, admire the beauty of Norway whilst wooing your other half in this remarkable location.
+47 41 55 86 78
City Park Ice Rink
Embrace your inner King or Queen at this regal skate rink. Situated just outside the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, the City Park Outdoor Ice Rink is the largest and one of the oldest European ice rinks having opened in 1870. As well as having the most romantic backdrop (I mean, it’s a castle!) there are Christmas markets selling the most authentic items. Once you’ve had enough of the cold and being on your feet, why not venture to the Budapest baths for a romantic soak? Perfect!
Olaf Palme sétány 5,
+36 30 869 1426