Let’s go skating in Brussels!

Frédéric Solvel.

05 Jul 2012, 05:07 Last Updated: 27 May 2014, 12:05

Whether you’re wearing skates for ice or for concrete, you're a beginner or an expert, there's a rink for you in Brussels. We encourage you to check out the slick ice or the smooth asphalt available around the capital.

To the Cambre Woods!

Lace up your skates, and head to the woods. The Bois de la Cambre (Cambre Woods) has long been the best place for roller skating experts. Quad-skating and in-line skating peacefully coexist all throughout the wide paths surrounding the lake. When you approach the Carrefour des Attelages, get ready to witness a number of athletic demonstrations… During the warmer months you can even rent out equipment. It’s even better when the cars disappear from the Bois de la Cambre on the weekends.

Right next to the Théâtre de Poche and the famous Jeux d’Hiver is an open air skating rink. This rink, managed by Ganzaroller, is open at 12:30 pm and only when the weather is good on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Group and individual lessons are available too. More information via [email protected].

The most daring will hit up the Ursulines skate park, located just a little bit past the Sablon area next to Recyclart. Roller-skates, skateboards and BMX are welcome. Who will fly the highest up the pike? Who can skate the ledges for the longest?

The girlish sport, Roller Derby, is practiced mainly near the Vanderputten stadium at Pixies.

We must mention the Roller Parade that takes place every Friday from June to the end of September. The pack starts from the Place Poelaert and winds through the prettiest streets in the city. If this isn’t enough, take a look at Get going guys and girls!

On ice

The ice skating rink in Woluwé, Poseidon, has been a Brussels institution for generations. The impressive surface, the parties on Friday night, the detachable roof under clear blue skies – all of this is part of their success. Little kids can be taken care of at “Kindergarten on Ice” sessions every Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The rink is open from the end of September to mid April. You can skate at night on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and you can dance on ice on Fridays from 7 pm to 10 pm!

Just outside of Brussels, Liedekerke was the famous figure skater Kevin Van Der Perren’s stomping ground for a long time. Now it is the official rink for the Liedekerke Lions, the closest ice hockey club to the capital. We have to say, though, that the stronger club is located in Leuven.

Plaisir d'hiver

The month of December means a ton of market stalls and an ice rink in downtown Brussels. It’s always fun to lace up your ice skates and hit the rink surrounded by the admiring eyes of the surrounding crowds. The Winter Wonders ice skating rinkis a fun and popular activity, and even includes a space just for children. After getting some good exercise, there are plenty of ways to refuel at the Christmas market too!

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