Ice skating in Belgrade
High temperatures in mid-December almost postponed the beginning of ice skating season in Belgrade, but in the last week of December temperature dropped and all ice rinks experienced a smooth start. This winter will probably the best so far for ice-skating, as several open-air and enclosed rinks are open, including two free rinks, the one on the Republic’s square and the other on Ada Ciganlija.Ice rink on Tasmajdan stadium was first to go online, and will remain open until February 16th. It is open for public in the evening, from 18.00 do 20.30, and on weekends from 12.00 to 20.30. Tickets cost just 200 RSD, which is the case for most other ice rinks too, and 300 RSD on weekends, with free admission for elementary school and high school pupils.
Rinks on Republic’s square, Ada and Tasmajdan
The biggest open ice rink ever build rink in Serbia is now placed on the Republic’s square, replacing the old rink on Nikola Pasic’s square. It has more than 1.500m2 of space, and is opened every day until mid-February, as it is an importan part of Belgrade winter series of events. Animation for kids is almost non-stop, especially on weekends, and during several days before and after the New Year.Another popular ice rink is on the entrance to Ada Cignalnija, surrounding the famous stone sculptures. Working hours are every day from 10.00 to 21.00, with pauses of 30 minutes to even the ice. Admission is also free before 21.00 and will be charged after that. During the days before the New Year and in the first week of January, there are also several events ford kids, mostly between 10.00 and 12.00 o’clock.
Inside ice skating venues
Pionir sports hall is the most popular ice skating venue in Belgrade, mostly for it’s high-quality ice and good shoes. On weekdays, it is open for general public only between 20.00 and 22.00, but is opened all day on weekends, with log pauses to clear the ice, so skating times are 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30 and 20.00-22.00. Ticket prices are 200 RSD on weekdays and 300 RSD on weekend, with free tickets for one child accompanied by parents.
Other ice rinks are also now working in other locations in Belgrade, the biggest one being Pingvin in New Belgrade. The skiing experience is much better if you bring your own skates, so you don’t have to pay for them and you can skip the line for skates. Ice skating is always a refreshing experience and a recommended winter activity in Belgrade. If you are looking for accommodation in Belgrade, there are usual some free apartments at Sky Apartments from mid-January onward, many of them in the very center of the city.