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Scared of Russian winter? Go skating!


01.12.2012 – 10.03.2013
Winter in Moscow sounds scary for you?! It is not at all. There are so many outdoor activities you may enjoy in winter, one of which is definitely skating. Below I would like to list the most popular skating venues which might be pleasant part of your Moscow tour.

Skating rink on Red Sauare
Skating rink on Red Sauare
GUM skating rink
Have you ever imaged skating on Red Square.  Since 2006 the artificial ice-skating rick has been set up for the whole winter season. So you can enjoy fabulous views at day time or night, no matter what the weather is like.


Open: Mon-Sun 10:00 - 24:00
Metro: Okhotnuy Ryad, Teatralnaya, Ploschad Revolyutsii
Address: Krasnaya Ploschad
Entrance fee: 250 RUB on weekdays and 500 Rub over weekends and public holidays.
 Skates rental: 250 RUB +   2000 RUB deposit and driving license or passport.
Web-site:  www.gum.ru/katok

Ice rink on Petrovka
This is one of the oldest outdoor skating rinks in Moscow known since the middle of the 19th century. You can come here even if you can not skate. There is a skating school where you can take a few classes.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-24:00
Address: Petrovka ul., 269 (entrance through the arch)
Metro: Chekhovskaya
Entrance fee: 150-250 RUB
Rental: 150 RUB
Web-site:  www.katoknapetrovke.ru

Hermitage Garden Skating rink

Thousands of light garlands, ice heart, illuminated trees and benches as well as romantic music are all the attributes of the skating ring in Hermitage garden. Since 1984 this skating rink has been a popular site for romantic dates.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-23:00
Address: Karetny Ryad ul., 3
Metro: Chekhovskaya
Entrance fee: 150-250 RUB
 Rental: 100-200 RUB
Web-site:  www.katokermitaj.ru

Gorky Park skating rink
Moscow best-known skating rink is at Gorky park. Dating back to the time before World War II, it gained popularity over the time, especially over the last year, when it underwent a complete renovation. Now in winter skaters can experience a huge territory of ice laid out in avenues, squares all around the park. To make facilities more accessible for skater, a lot of cafes might be visited without taking skates off. It is the place to come with a big company of friends after the working day or at the weekend.
Open: Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00.
Entrance fee: 200-300 RUB
Rental: free without time limit but 1500 Rub money deposit
Address: Krymsky Val ul., 9
Metro: Oktyabrskaya
Web-site: www.park-gorkogo.com/katok/

Sokolniki park ice rink

Another rink which is worth trying is at Sokolniki park. There are actually two rinks, one is called "Ice", another  is "Big Rink" which looks like a ring with radial allays going off it.  Lovely music, colorful night lighting and entertainment will add some more flavor to your leisure time.
Entrance fee for "Big Rink": free
Entrance fee for "Ice": 300 Rub
Rental: 150 RUB+ 1000 RUB deposit + driving license or passport
Address: Sokolnicheskiy val
Metro: Sokolniki

Art skating rink at VDNKh
Do you like parties? How about a party on ice? Then you should go to skating rink at Peoples' Friendship Fountain at VDNKh to enjoy an entertainment program Golden Disco  with music hits of 70-80s on Tuesday or Romantic party on Friday. At weekends the ice rink turns into a tiny Disneyland when clowns and animators make mini-performances for the whole family.
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-24:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-24:00.
Entrance fee: 240-450 RUB
Rental: 150 RUB
Address: Prospect Mira, 19
Metro: VDNKh
Web:  www.artkatok.ru

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