A Cool Date

ice skating at Museumplein, Amsterdam

Ice Skating outside the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

There’s a skating rink set up on Museumplein, in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum, it’s open from 10am to 8pm, and it’s free to skate there. There are also skates available for hire in a splendid bright orange.

skaters - Avercamp

Detail from "Winter Landscape with Skaters" by Hendrick Avercamp (c1608)

It matches the theme of the current exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Hendrick Avercamp’s paintings of “The Little Ice Age“, showing skaters in classic 17 century dress. It’s the detail in these paintings that makes them so appealing, families having a day out, fallen skaters, children throwing snowballs. The exhibition is on until 15 February, entry is 11 euro for adults – but half price if you have an ING bank pass. You can order tickets online and skip the queue if you want to – here’s the link.

It makes a great day out – a wander through the exhibition and an evening skate!

If you’re looking for open air skating in other parts of the country then Buienradar has a great tool for finding skating locations in the Netherlands.

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