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Keys to the City: Ice-Skating Rinks

Keys to the City: Ice-Skating Rinks

Whether on a rooftop, a hilltop, or on the waters of the Danube river, Vienna offers plenty of scenic and convivial spots for one of Austria’s passions: ice-skating. At various places, you may also see hockey games, Bavarian curling (Eisstockschießen), or even dancing. Many rinks offer a few hours of disco skating, as well as special […]

Ice-skating on the Rooftops of Vienna

Ice-skating on the Rooftops of Vienna

The largest ice-skating rink in Vienna opened 17 Nov. in front of Schloss Wilhelminenberg. Spanning 200m², Schloss Wilhelminenberg On Ice is also the highest ice rink in the city, situated on the Eastern slope of the Gallitzinberg in the 16th-District portion of the Wienerwald. With the motto “Ice skating over the roofs of Vienna”, views […]

Excitement… and a Little Fear

An amiable blonde five year old was impatiently waiting for her mother to put on her skates while persistently trying to skate around on the wooden planking that surrounds the ice-rink at Rathausplatz. Friday afternoon seemed like a perfect time for family skating, and most of the people on the square had at least one […]

Skating the Danube

Skating the Danube

We went skating today for the first time this winter and it couldn’t have been more perfect. In spite of the traditional warnings on the wien.at website that skating on the Alte Donau is at one’s own risk, off we went to the Gänsehäufel. There we found what I, as a native New Englander, wait […]

Wiener Eislaufverein: Pirouets and Punsch

Wiener Eislaufverein: Pirouets and Punsch

A brief five-minute walk from the underground station Stadtpark (U4), past the InterContinental’s restaurant brought us to the Wiener Eislaufverein, the Viennese Ice Skating Association Rink. We were already excited, but our haste grew as we peered through the plexi-glass paneling at the skating public twirling, pirouetting and dancing away to the lilting songs floating […]

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