Don’t let the winter pass you by without trying outdoor ice-skating. This particular rink is located very close to the banks of the Vltava River and is actually a part of a larger public playground (Verejne Hriste). It’s just a stone’s throw away from Hospital Na Frantisku (Nemocnice Na Frantisku) and has special equipment for hire to help children learn to skate. At the end of the article we also give you a few further ice rink recommendations.
The location is very central and as you skate, you can also observe the lovely buildings all around you. It is quite atmospheric. Each time that I come here, I see lots of parents with young children. I think that this is a really good place for beginners, as the rink is relatively small and user-friendly, plus there are special holding bars for hire called ‘hrazda’. It’s like an iron bar which sits on the ice and both kids and adults can hold onto it as they slide along the ice so that they won’t fall down - perfect for beginners! (see photo below)
One thing which I really like about this place is that there are lovely white benches all around the premises, which are nice to sit on, should you decide to just watch your off-spring without skating yourself. The benches are also handy for when you need to put on or take of your skates (not always so readily availabe at other ice skating locations).
The rink is open 7-days-a-week but is closed at various intervals during the day for resurfacing purposes, so it’s always worthwhile to check the actual skating times before you come. Skates are available for hire but you can also bring your own. You can also have your skates sharpened and polished on the premises as well. As you enter the grounds, you will see a small row of houses directly on your right. This is where you need to pay your skating fee and hire your skates, if need be. Please note, that each payment is only valid until the end of each skating session time (i.e. one payment will not entitle you to a full day’s skating, but only to the period until the ice has to be resurfaced).
OPEN: Mon-Thu: 8am-3.45pm & 4pm-5.30pm. Fri: 8am-3.45pm & 4pm-7pm. Sat & Sun: 10am-12pm & 1230pm-3.30pm & 4pm-6.30pm. Saturday only: also 7pm-9pm
DIRECTIONS: By Tram: No:17 to Pravnicka Fakulta (Law Faculty of Prague). Then walk straight ahead along the Vltava, away from the castle for about 5-10 mins max and take the first street right after the Na Frantisku Hospital. Ohterwise, if you arrive from the other direction with Tram no: 8, 14 or 26 getting off at Dlouha Trida, you then need to walk towards the castle for about 5-10 mins with the Vltava River on your right until you reach Kozi Street on your left. By Bus: No 133, getting of at Dlouha Trida. By Car: Limited parking is availabe next to the sports ground. Paid parking is available next to the Vltava River at Revolucni Street.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.hristenafrantisku.cz (Czech only)