Xpat Opinion: 7 Reasons To Skate In Budapest

  • 14 Feb 2013 8:02 AM
Xpat Opinion: 7 Reasons To Skate In Budapest
By<a href=" http://welovebudapest.com/en " target="blank"> We Love Budapest </a>: Those who love cold and get excited about snowstorms are either crazy or just simply love skating. As winter slowly turns Budapest into a freezer, some people decide to go out and find joy while everyone else hides under thick layers of blankets. Hot chocholate, romance and a triple Rittberger; we have collected the best skating rinks for you.

Városligeti Műjégpálya

Since it’s an old tradition, the recently renovated Városligeti Műjégpálya opened its gates as winter arrived. Fortunately only the facade changed leaving the skating rink’s much-adored mood intact, however the ticket prices have been modified: on weekdays those who want to skate have to pay 1200 HUF, and from Friday afternoon during the weekend it costs 1400 HUF. If you know that we will be here all the time you can buy a pass for 12 000HUF and 14 000HUF. In the main buliding you can rent ice skates if you don’t have your own and get professional medical help in case of an accident.

The skating rink of Óbuda

During advent another square freezes over to welcome those who feel like sweep through the cold winter air. Fő tér’s (Main Square) 18 x 24 meter ice course became available on the 1st of December and hopefully it will stay open until February; everything depends on the weather though. As long as things go according to plan, the skating rink will be completely free of charge.

The Ice at Eiffel Square

The pretty park at Nyugati Pályaudvar is a perfect place for friendly get-togethers, family weekends and first or second dates. It’s open on weekdays and Sundays from 10 AM until midnight and on Friday and Saturday from 10 Am untill 2 AM. It’s not only a great spot for outdoor activities but also very cheap; tickets for adults are 500 HUF and for students they are only 400 HUF.

Marczibányi Sportcentrum

Marczibányi Sportcentrum located in the 2nd district offers many different sport opportunites in every season and of course when winter comes they can’t ignore skaters either. The prices on the sport center’s 722-sqaure meter ice are the following: the student ticket is 1200HUF, the adult ticket 1650HUF, the student pass: 8400HUF and the adult pass is 11 500HUF.

Aréna Plaza Ice Terrace

If we want to mix good things with other good things than Arena Plaza is the way to go where after shopping you can just slip on your skates and relax. The 1200-square meter skating rink is open every day from 8AM to 10PM, with a short luch break between 2PM and 3PM. The place offers great services like practice for little kids in the mornings. Those who are more experienced or professional should arrive a little bit later in the afternoon. The tickets for students are 800 HUF on weekdays and 1100 HUF on the weekends, and for adults the price is 900 HUF and 1300 HUF.

Skating rink at Széna tér

Right at the bus station and the old city wall you can find Széna tér skating rink where winter started in October. The 15-meter wide and 30-meter long ice can be reserved for company parties, family gatherings or playing hockey. The rest of the time the sakting rink can be visited by children under 14 for 800 HUF and for the older ones for 1250 HUF. According to the local rules, there can’t be more than 50 people on the ice.

Naplás tó

Address: Budapest, XVI. district, Simongát utca, Cinkotai út, Naplás út

We don’t know when Naplás tó opens, we have no ide when it closes and unfortunately everybody has to bring their own skates along if you want to have fun here. It’s also strongly adviced to keep some sandwiches and some hot tea in the backpack if you decide to come out here, because mother nature didn’t set up any tents around the lake. But be careful! The ice here is not as reliable as in the city.

Published on XpatLoop.com with the permission of We Love Budapest

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