By Bill Harby
Whether you usually pirouette on figure skates, or shave ice on hockey skates — or use the “third skate” (your butt), Canton Zürich has great rinks to put glide in your stride. Check out the list below, and if you have another favorite ice skating spot in Zürich Canton to recommend, let us know!
“Live on Ice”
This fairytale setting in the courtyard at the National Museum by the main train station features festive lighting, heated tents, bars and, yes, fondue.
Dates: Nov. 26 – Jan. 02
Location: Landesmuseum Zürich – Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich, 044 918 72 27
In District 4, this is another small outdoor rink near the main train station. Besides food stands, there’s a fondue chalet, and of course, hot mulled wine.
Dates: Dec. 2 – 31
Cost: Adults: CHF 5, Children: CHF 2.50
Location: Europaallee, Gustav-Gull Platz, 8004 Zürich
Christmas Village Ice Rink
The small rink is part of the city’s glowing Christmas market on Sechseläutenplatz by the opera house, so skaters can warm up with good food and drink from the nearby huts, where they can also buy more warm gloves, scarves and hats.
Dates: Nov. 24 – Dec. 23
Cost: Adults CHF 6, Children CHF 4, Skates for rent
Location: Zürcher Wienachtsdorf, Weihnachtsmarkt, Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zürich
All Winter Skating
Built in 1930, this outdoor rink is said to be the largest of its kind in Europe, offering hockey and open skating hours.
Dates: Oct 7 – Feb 26
Cost: Adults CHF 8, Adolescents CHF 6, Children CHF 4, Spectators CHF 2, Families CHF 40, Season tickets available, Skates for rent
Location: Adlisbergstrasse 36, 8044 Zürich
Live on Ice Küsnacht
Just outside Zürich, right on the lake. The small outdoor rink at the Romantik Seehotel Sonne is lit with festive fairy lights in the trees. Skaters can warm up with hot mulled wine, or indulge in elegant dining at the hotel’s restaurants.
Dates: Nov. 6 – Feb. 5
Cost: Adults: CHF 7, Children under 5: free, Skates for rent
Location: Romantik Seehotel Sonne, Seestrasse 120, 8700 Küsnacht ZH
Ice Rink Rapperswil
Indoor hockey rink with public skating and hours for private hockey matches. An outdoor rink with more hours open to the public. Special lighting on Friday nights.
Dates: Oct. 3 – March 26
Cost: Adults CHF 6, Children CHF 3, Students CHF 5, Skates for rent
Location: Walter-Denzler-Strasse 4, 8640 Rapperswil
This 900-sq-m. outdoor rink is geared for families, and can even be divided up into separate areas for free skating, hockey or curling.
Dates: Nov 12 – Feb 19
Cost: Adults: CHF 5, Children: CHF 3, Skates for rent
Location: Eispark Erlenmoos, Sihleggstrasse, 8832 Wollerau
Ice Rink Wädi
Another small outdoor rink right on the shore of Lake Zürich. Great for kids.
Dates: Nov. 5 – March 4
Cost: Adults CHF 7, Children CHF 4
Location: Eisbahn Wädi, Postfach 662, 8820 Wädenswil