Kaiserslautern’s ‘Ice Age’ starts today

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

This year’s ice skating season in Kaiserslautern starts today in a mobile ice skating rink on the parking lot between Lauterstrasse and Burgstrasse, next to the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair entrance. The tent keeps its doors open until Jan. 28. Visitors will be able to reach it within three minutes from the center of town.

Lord Mayor Bernhard Deubig officially opens the rink at 6 p.m. today, accompanied by the “Firedancers” from Frankfurt presenting a light and fire dance show.  The “Eiswittchen” ice-skating group from Worms also demonstrates its skills to music during the opening.

After the show, all skaters can take their rounds on an artificial ice surface of 20 by 30 meters. Those who don’t have their own ice skates can get some from the rental place, which also offers the sharpening of skates.

To warm up cold fingers and take a break, visitors can sit down in the bistro tent and watch the happenings on the surface through transparent walls.

The entertaining program offers games for children, special activities and sports highlights throughout the season. For example, Santa Claus makes an appearance and passes out gifts the afternoon of Dec. 6. And every Friday, from 3:30 to 4 p.m., inexperienced ice skaters can take a training lesson with an instructor.

***image1***“Those who took lessons, will be able to demonstrate what they learned for the remaining ice skating season at a reduced price,” said Alexander Hess from the project office for city events.
A novelty is family day every Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. (except during German school winter break, which is Dec. 22 to Jan. 5).

The daily skating hours are 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. The rink stays open until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

School classes who want to spend their field trip on the mobile ice skating rink, can register with the city sports department at 0631-365-1520 and agree on different skating times.

Admission is €2 for children and €3 for adults. On family day, children and students pay €1.50 and adults €2. 

Children who skate 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays pay the reduced price of €1.50 per person.

The rental of skates and sharpening ranges from €3 to €6.
“Ice enthusiasts should buy the special ticket for 12 times, which is cheaper than 12 single tickets. It also makes a nice Christmas present,” said Mr. Hess.

For details, get the “Kaiserslautern on Ice” flyer from the Tourist Information office next to Fruchthalle, local stores and restaurants, or visit www.kaiserslautern.de.