Ice-skating is one of the most popular things to do in Prague, and the whole of the Czech Republic (which figures, since ice hockey is the national sport). Some of the hockey rinks are open to the public for few hours during the day in between hockey practices. In the winter, outdoor rinks are set up in the centre (check the local papers for details).
Skaters may also to be found on the reservoirs at Divoká Sárka and Hostivar in the winter months, with stalls selling alcohol around the edge. If you want to skate in these areas, check the ice conditions first and hire skates in town before heading out.
HC Slavia Praha, Vladivostocká 10, Vrsovice
Tel: 267 311 417 www.hc-slavia.cz
Private trainers are available, but only for groups. Call the rink for more information on ice times, or trainer Oldrich Helmich directly, on 602 325 484.
HC Sparta Praha, T-Mobile Arena, Za Elektrárnou 419, P7
Tel: 266 727 443 www.hcsparta.cz
Skating has been cancelled in past years due to flooding, so it’s definitely worth calling ahead to see if you will be able to get ice time.
Stvanice, Ostrov Stvanice 1125, P7
Tel: 602 623 449 www.stvanice.cz
This structure, housing two rinks on Vltava island, is a bit worse for wear, but is open long hours. Check the website for details (follow the section called ‘Verejne brusleni’). You can hire skates at the rink but might have to settle for a size up or down, since selection is limited.
University Sport Club, Zimni Stadion Hasa Samova 1, P10
Tel: 271 747 128
Connected to the Hotel Hasa, this rink is generally open from 9 to 11am. It’s best to call before heading out, however, since there is talk of closure in the future.
Image: by Patrick Mayon
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