After a few snowy and cold days we are back to more April weather in Prague. However, if you like winter sports there is no need to fret. Prague offers quite a lot of winter activities even without snow: ice skating, cross-country skiing, or freezing in the Ice Pub. The good thing is that you do not really need to pack anything extra. You can rent everything you need and have a fun memory of your winter trip to the city of hundred spires! Here are our recommendations for the best ice skating rinks in Prague and two more winter activities.
This rink is located between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square right behind the Estates Theater. The rink is open every day from 10 am to 9:30 pm. The evening atmosphere here is truly magical. If you are brave, you can dress up and after the skating go directly to see some ballet in the Estates Theater! :)
Outdoor ice skating Rink Na Františku is located directly at Old Town by the river Vltava. The areal is open every day (look for “veřejné bruslení” on the schedule) and you will pay 50 CZK (30 CZK for kids) for approximately 2 hours of skating.
This outdoor ice skating rink is located directly under the Žižkov TV Tower. It is open during the week from 12 pm to 9 pm and on weekdays from 9 am to 9 pm. The cost of skating is 100 CZK. Next to the rink is an outside grill and bar. When you are done skating, you can go up the TV tower to really see Prague in its entirety, or check out a hidden Jewish cemetery below the park.
Do not limit yourself to the city center, hop on metro C and ride to the Českomoravská stop. On the top of the shopping mall Harfa, you will find a skating rink. Open every day from 3 pm to 6:30pm and on Saturday also from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.The entry is 50 CZK. After you finish your last pirouette you can go shopping! J This rink is also the best for ice-skating with children as there are other fun activities in the mall.
This cross-country skiing park is located in the outskirts of Prague by the horse racing stadium Velká Chuchle (horse races start in April). The best way to get there is to take a train from the Prague Main Station. The park is completely free, and you can rent all the skiing equipment for 200 CZK. The areal is still open despite the warm weather, but the track is shortened up to a 200 meter track.
If you are not the sporty type, and you still want to experience some winter in Prague, no problem! You can go to the Ice Pub close to the Charles Bridge. This crazy place is open the whole year long from 12 pm to 5 am and there is constant -7 degrees Celsius. No need to have a fur coat, they will provide you with a thermal jacket and gloves.
Every time of year there are things to do in Prague. Do not let the funny weather spoil your winter visit. There are plenty of ways to add some winter spirit to your trip!
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