It’s that time of year again, and if you’re looking for a little winter celebration, there’s nothing quite like spending the day ice skating and the evening drinking hot glühwein at the markets.
So here’s a little inspiration to get you out ice skating in Dusseldorf this winter (plus a little surprise at the end).
If you have any idea about ice skating in Dusseldorf, you’re probably already aware that there is an awesome ice rink that opens up every year next to the Kö-Bogen during the Christmas markets.
You can book the rink for your own fun, perhaps a game of ice hockey or curling?
There are also weekly ice skating courses for children and of course the skating rink that is open to the public. This year the ice rink will be open from November 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017.
More information is available on the Winterwelt website (in German).
The Eisstadion Brehmstraße is also commonly called the Ice Temple for skaters in the city and was the former home of the DEG (Düsseldorfer Eislauf-Gemeinschaft) ice hockey team. While the games are now played over at the ISS dome, you can often still get a peak at the team playing at this rink during training.
If you’re interested in going for a public skate, the rink is already open (since October 15, 2016) and ready to go. Admission price is 2.80 Euro for adults and 1.30 Euro for children (subject to change). Be sure to check the schedule as the public skates are open during fixed hours throughout the winter.
For more information call 0211 – 8995320.
Düsseldorfer Eissporthalle in Benrath
The Düsserldorfer Eissporthalle in Benrath was completely renovated back in 2015 and has been a popular place to celebrate Christmas during the winter. The stadium is sponsored by Sparkasse (so you won’t get lost trying to find the place – just look for the banners).
There are open skate times for the Benrath arena, but what’s even more exciting is their upcoming events to celebrate the holidays.
- Saturday, December 3, 2016: From 2pm – 10pm there will be a special day with St. Nicholas that is followed by a XXXL Disco from 4:00pm onwards
- Thursday, December 23, 2016: From 2pm – 7pm there is a School’s Out Disco-Party and it’s free admission
- December 23, 2016 – January 8th, 2017: The rink is open every day (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day) from 10am until 1pm and then again from 2pm until 7pm
Admission on normal days is 4 Euro, there is an 8 Euro admission fee for those interested in curling and a 3.50 Euro fee for ice skate rentals (prices are subject to change).
More information is available on the Düsseldorfer Eissporthalle website (in German).
Where to buy ice skates?
If you don’t have skates, there are a few places around the city where you can purchase skates (for example, Akisports). However, to be perfectly honest, unless you’re registering for a sports club or interested in skating every single day, you might be better off purchasing them second hand from websites like Ebay Kleinanzeigen or Kalaydo (if you click on the links it will take you straight to skates in Düsseldorf, you’re welcome).
Looking for an extra adventure? One of the coolest ice rinks in North Rhein-Westphalia is the Eisbahn Kokerei Zollverein in Essen.
This skating rink is open for 4 weeks of the year at the UNESCO Heritage Site Kokerei Zollverein in Essen. It is built right into the 1,800 square meter industrial warehouse lit up and surrounds you in a magical atmosphere. There is also a little village where skaters can enjoy some warm Christmas snacks. They host an Ice Disco from 8pm until midnight as well.
Prices and opening times are always subject to change, so for more information check out the Zollverein website.
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