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Largest Viennese Ice Rink of All Times on Two Floors

Published: December 19, 2018; 14:40 · (Vindobona)

A total of 9,000 square meters of ice, spread over two levels. The Vienna Ice Dream (Wiener Eistraum) is growing and will offer for the first time in the coming season the "Sky Rink", an opportunity to race across the ice on two levels.

The 24th Vienna Ice Dream (Wiener Eistraum) starts on 18 January and is open until 3 March 2019. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Jakob Reiter [CC BY-SA 3.0 at (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/at/deed.en)]

For the "Sky Rink", a 120 meter long ramp will be built and the natural gradient on the Rathausplatz will be used.

"The ice dream is already a success story, but the new Sky Rink is a nice sign that the ice dream is evolving. With its size and the ambience between the Burgtheater and the town hall, it is certainly the most attractive ice skating rink in the world and thus incomparable," said Mayor Ludwig.

Not only ice-skaters profit from the huge ice rink in the middle of the city. According to Ludwig, the ice-skating dream is also important for the Viennese economy: with the ice skating rink, "an impulse was already set in motion in the 1990s during the quiet tourist months of January and February".

Last but not least, the Viennese ice skating dream spreads beyond Austria's borders. In San Francisco, you can also race across the ice. Just a few steps away from the City Hall, an ice rink based on the Viennese model was built, the Winter Park at Civic Center in San Francisco.

Rink, a Scottish word meaning 'course', was used as the name of a place where curling was played. The name has been retained for the construction of ice areas for other sports and uses.

In 2019 there will also be curling on eight lanes as well as a free promotion for Viennese schools, after-schools and kindergartens.

The gastronomy offer and the shoe and helmet rental service will also be retained.

The next Vienna ice skating dream starts on 18 January and is open until 3 March 2019.

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