Ice skating is a fun winter activity on its own, and it’s even better with a gorgeous view.
On top of the Hotel President in Budapest, Hungary, visitors can find one of the best views in Europe while also taking a skate around a custom-built ice rink on the terrace.
The rink has a 360-degree view of the main monuments of Budapest, including Parliament, the Royal Postal Savings Bank (which has a distinct, colorful, tiled roof), the Royal Palace and the dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The idea is reminiscent of fall pop-up at Montparnasse Tower, which offered rollerblading with a view of Paris this fall.
The ice rink in Budapest, which opened on December 1, will remain open until February. Hours of operation are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends, which is perfect for seeing Budapest’s beautiful city lights as well.
Hotel guests can skate for no additional charge, and the public can also purchase tickets for 990Ft, or about $3.71 USD, and rent skates for 490Ft, or about $1.86 USD.
The kiosk for renting skates also serves mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and beigli (a Hungarian pastry filled with chestnut paste, plum jam or poppy seeds) for when you get a little tired. And there’s plenty of tables and chairs around the rink so you can continue to enjoy the view.
The rink has limited space, so only 20 people can enjoy the view at a time. However, the 1,185-square-foot rink is made with synthetic ice, which is great for first-time skaters.