Looking for some ice time in Budapest?
If you feel like hitting the ice on a brisk winter evening Budapest has several options, including Europe's largest outdoor skating rink.
City Park Ice Rink (Városligeti Műjégpálya)
The lake in front of Vajdahunyad Castle is used for boating in the summer and is transformed into Europe's largest outdoor ice-skating rink in the winter. Imagine skating at the foot of a Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque castle - all at once. It's an impressive venue where all of Budapest skates. Being an open-air facility, the ice rink is open from mid-November until the end of February. Skates can be rented.
In 2014, the Műjégpálya ice-skating rink opens on November 22nd. Admission is HUF 1,000 on Mondays & Tuesdays, HUF 1,500 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings and HUF 2,000 on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: Olof Palme sétány 5, City Park
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday: 9 am to 1 pm & 5 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
Ice Terrace (Jégterasz)
This outdoor ice skating rink is located on a former race track next to the Arena Plaza Shopping Center. It's the perfect place to shop and skate. Admission is HUF 1,200 on weekdays (HUF 900 for children) and HUF 1,500 on weekends (HUF 1,200 for children). Skates can be rented.
Address: Kerepesi út 9, District 8
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 2 pm & 3 pm to 9 pm, Friday & Saturday: 9 am to noon, 1 pm to 5 pm & 6 pm to 11 pm, Sunday: 9 am to noon, 1 pm to 5 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm
Eiffel Ice Rink
The impressive romantic-style building of the Western Railway Station gives this outdoor ice rink an imposing backdrop. Open till late, Eiffel Ice Rink provides a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Boulevard. Admission is HUF 800 (HUF 700 for kids). Skates can be rented.
Address: Teréz körút 55-57, District 6
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: noon to midnight, Friday: noon to 1 am, Saturday: 10 am to 1 am, and Sunday: 10 am to midnight
Ice Rink by the Basilica
This small ice-rink is open from Advent to New Year during the 'Christmas Fair by the Basilica'.
Address: Szent István tér, District 5
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30 am to 8 pm, Friday 10:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm and Sunday 10 am to 8 pm
Budai Ice Rink (Budai Jégpálya)
This small, indoor ice rink, located opposite the Mammut II Shopping Mall, is open to the general public on weekends only. During the week it's used by sports teams for training.
Address: Széna tér, District 1
Opening hours: 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm on Sundays
Marczibányi Sport Centrum
This sport center, located next to the Millenáris, has an indoor ice rink that is open daily.
Address: Marczibányi tér 16, District 2
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 2 pm to 7 pm, Friday 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 8 pm
Budapest’s other outdoor ice-rinks to visit in the 2014/15 season are Kiosk (at Március 15. tér), Rombusz (at Ráday utca 10-12), Müpa Ice Rink (at Komor Marcell utca 1, in front of the Palace of Arts) and Bálna Ice Rink (at Fővám tér 11-12, next to CET).