Mobile ice-skating rink opens today

***image1***Kaiserslautern’s “Ice Age” will start today not far from the center of town. As in previous years, the mobile ice-skating rink is set up in a tent on the parking lot between Lauterstrasse and Burgstrasse, next to the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair entrance. Visitors will be able to reach it within a three-minute walk from the center of town. The winter wonderland for ice skaters is open to Jan. 29, 2008.

Deputy Mayor Günter Remler and Miss Kaiserslautern, Mariola Shabanaj, will officially open the rink at 6 p.m. today to be followed by dancing, acrobatics and a “fashion on ice” show.

Skaters can turn their rounds on a 600-square meter artificial ice surface. 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 will offer games for children, special activities and skating exercises. Every Friday, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. inexperienced skaters can make their first steps on the ice with a licensed instructor. Santa Claus will make his appearance Dec. 6 and pass out gifts to the children.  The skating rink offers Penguins and other training aids for beginners.

“We want visitors to experience ice-skating as a special event and put the sports aspect in the foreground,” said Alexander Hess from the project office for city events. “For years we are holding on to the unchanged skating times and prices, and get a good feedback form our core audience.”

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. Friday and Saturday night, the rink stays open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays is family day.

School classes who want to spend their field trip or their sports lesson on the mobile ice-skating rink, can register with the city sports department and agree on different skating times. Also offered is the possibility to use the rink for special events such as children’s birthday parties. For details and registration, call the sports department at 0631-365-1522.

Admission is €2 for children and €3 for adults. School classes pay €1.50 per person. The rental of skates is €3 and the sharpening costs €6.

For those who like skating a lot, a ticket for 12 times at a reduced price is available. “This ticket would also be a nice Christmas gift or an Advent calendar surprise,” said Mr. Hess. “When schools will start their Christmas break Dec. 24, we will offer a special price. Skating will then cost only €1.50 for students,” he added.

For more information, get the “Kaiserslautern on Ice” flyer from the Tourist Information office in the city hall, local stores and restaurants, or visit

(Information provided by City of Kaiserslautern)