The best ice skating in Switzerland

Take a twirl on the ice this winter with our pick of Switzerland's best ice rinks. With stunning natural ice rinks on mountain lakes and outdoor Kunsteisbahn popping up in town squares, it's time to get your skates on!
Kunsteisbahn Bundesplatz, Bern event, Time Out Switzerland
Swiss Tourism
By Time Out contributors and Claire Doble |


Ice skating, Zurich, Dolder Hotel
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Dolder Sports

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During the winter months, Dolder Sports hosts Europe's largest open-air ice rink. It's a popular spot for Zurich locals and visitors alike, and certainly offers a great escape in the weeks before Christmas, when the city is packed with shoppers. 

Katzensee winter ice rink
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In winter when the temperature drops, the Katzensee lake on the outskirts of Zurich becomes a natural ice rink. 

Geneva and Lausanne

Glace de Malley
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Centre Intercommunal de Glace de Malley

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This large sports and events venue is primarily known for its trio of ice-rinks – an external one for recreational skating, a large interior rink which hosts events and spectacles as well as public skating sessions, and a stadium-like rink hosting the hockey matches and large-scale entertainment events such as Art on Ice.

Vevey sur Glace
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Vevey Sur Glace

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A popular spot, Vevey's ice rink delivers 600sq m of icy fun during the winter months. The rink's open-sided cover offers the opportunity for "sunset skates".

Flon ice rink, Lausanne
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Flon Ice Rink

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This may not be the largest or fanciest ice rink around, but it's smack in the middle of Lausanne's cool Flon district and promises a packed programme of cool events. 

Bern and Basel

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Kunsteisbahn Margarethen

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Located in Basel's pretty Margarethenpark at the corner of the Gundeldingen und Bruderholz districts, this large ice skating complex features two ice rinks - outdoor and indoor. 

Best of Switzerland

Valliant Arena, Davos
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Valliant Arena

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Home of Davos Hockey Club, this ice rink hosts matches and public skating sessions, along with the annual Spengler Cup invitational ice hockey tournament and ice-dancing spectacles including the popular Art on Ice.

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The town of St-Luc in the Val d'Anniviers offers good access to the Chandolin ski slope and ski school, and there's natural ice skating on the lake. 

St Moritz
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St. Moritz

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The original Swiss ski resort, St. Moritz has welcomed winter tourists for over 150 years. Visitors can try skating and curling on the resort’s many ice rinks, give themselves a fright on a toboggan run or try snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. 

Lac de Joux
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Lac de Joux

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The huge Lac de Joux in the Jura valley of the same name is a draw for outdoor enthusiasts at any time of year. In winter its relatively high altitude (1,004m) means the lake often freezes over, becoming the largest natural outdoor ice skating rink in Europe. 

Ice Magic Interlaken
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Ice Magic Interlaken

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This enormous ice rink is open for the second year in Interlaken. It comprises a whopping five skate rinks of various sizes.

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