Ice skating on the canals of Amsterdam isn’t possible every winter, but with temperatures dropping to around -4 degrees Celsius during a few nights in a row, Amsterdam’s canals become natural ice-skating venues. Dutch authorities even block the canals for boat traffic to quicken the freeze.
When the canals are frozen, Amsterdam is even more picturesque and ice skating or walking on the canals is a different way to experience the city. But even if the canals don’t freeze, there are plenty of spots for skating. In the centre of the city, a number of smaller ice skating rinks pop up during the winter, you’ll find one on the Museumplein, Leidseplein and Dam Square.