GENEVA’S BEST ICE SKATING RINKS
Updated by Alexandra Osváth from the original article by Camilla Camponovo
Ice skating is a great way to get through the cold winter months – and it’s not just for kids, either! Geneva offers a vast choice of ice skating rinks in almost every neighbourhood, from large and indoor to charming and outdoor, from family-oriented to the pros. Ice skating is a great way to get some exercise while having fun with family and friends. Grab your gloves, beanie and scarf, and let’s skate our way through the season!
Please note that most ice skating rinks require that all ice skaters wear gloves. Masks are usually not required on the ice.
BASTIONS – Ice skating in Geneva’s city centre
The ice skating rink at Bastions is in a beautiful setting in the heart of Geneva. The 400-square-metre rink is right next to the Reformation monument inside the park. The entrance to the rink is free, and renting ice skates is CHF 2.
This ice skating rink also has weekly special events: every Wednesday, from 3pm to 5pm (except during school holidays), the association Roller Slalom Geneva will display their incredible ice skating talent and invite visitors to join in exciting games.
The ice skating rink is open from now until Sunday, 20 February 2022 from Tuesday to Sunday. You can find more information about opening days and times here.
Parc des Bastions
Promenade des Bastions 1
Entrance to this popular outdoor patinoire and renting skates on-site is free for children up to six years old; for those aged six and above, renting skates costs CHF 2 (an ID is required to rent skates). They have reserved time slots for ice hockey, too – check out the schedule.
And this is the only ice rink we’ve seen in Geneva that advertises adapted ice skating for people using wheelchairs!
They’ve scheduled several children’s discos on ice, too:
Friday, 17 Dec, 6pm-8pm
Friday, 14 Jan, 6pm-8pm
Friday, 28 Jan, 6pm-8pm
Friday, 11 Feb, 6pm-8pm
For those who came just to enjoy the scenery, there’s a little bar offering fondue, crêpes and soups.
The ice rink is open from now until Sunday, 20 February 2022, from Tues-Sun (closed Mondays). Visit their website for more information about opening times.
Patinoire saisonnière – Ville de Carouge
Place de Sardaigne
The entrance to this charming patinoire is free! You can bring your own skates, or rent them onsite for CHF 2 (which is the going rate in Geneva). If you wish, you can also rent them in advance for 12 visits, for just CHF 20. If ice skating is not your cup of tea, you can enjoy some fondue and raclette in one of two yurts next to the rink. The ice skating rink is covered this year, too.
Parc du Château-Pictet, place de Fête
Le Grand Saconnex
Bus stop: Le Pommier
Parking: Pommier underground parking garage, rue Sonnex
Open from now until 6 March 2022
- Fête de l’Escalade on Friday, 10 December starting at 6:30pm!
- Disco on Ice on Saturday, 22 January starting at 7pm
- Disco on Ice for Valentine’s Day: Monday, 14 February from 6pm
- Closing celebration on Sunday, 6 March from 4pm
FREE BEGINNER ICE HOCKEY CLASSES:
Sundays from 11am to 12 noon and from 12 noon to 1pm
Ice rink opening times:
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am to 7pm
Fri: 10am to 8pm
Sat: 11am to 8pm
Sun: 11am to 7pm
SOUS MOULIN, THÔNEX
Sous Moulin is one of three indoor ice-skating rinks in Geneva (the others are Meyrin and Vernets – read on to find out more!). Entrance for children and students is CHF 3, and CHF 6 for adults. Sous Moulin rents skates to visitors for CHF 2. Because the rink hosts events and competitions, access to the public is more limited than elsewhere – make sure to check the schedule carefully before you go. Credit cards are accepted for purchases of CHF 50 and above.
Centre Sportif Sous Moulin
Route de Sous Moulin 39
Ice rink opening times*:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wed: Reserved for clubs
Sat: 2:30pm-4pm, 4pm-5:15pm
Sun: 12:45pm-1:45pm, 1:45pm-4:30pm
*Please note all opening times may vary; please contact the administrative office for more information concerning availability.
PATINOIRE DES VERNETS
Patinoire des Vernets is an ice skating rink in Acacias. The Centre Sportif de Vernets complex offers two ice-skating rinks: a big one inside and a second one outside. For added convenience, the centre also has a restaurant and parking.
Patinoire des Vernets
Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4
1227 Les Acacias
Please visit their website for more detailed information on opening times.
PLAN LES OUATES
The entrance to this rink is free, and so is renting their skates! The ice-skating rink in Plan les Ouates can also be hired for special events, such as birthday parties, corporate year-end parties, and more.
The ice rink is open from now until Sunday, 27 February 2022. However, please check their website for all updates on opening times and occasional closings.
Ecole du Pré-du-Camp
Route des Chevaliers-de-Malte 15
The entrance to the rink is free, and renting ice skates on-site costs CHF 2 for one person, or CHF 5 for a whole family. There are fun events scheduled for ice hockey, too, from events for beginners to competitions. Take a look at their website to learn more.
The ice rink is open from now until 27 February 2022 from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays). You can reserve it for private events, as well. Check out the opening times on their website.
Patinoire de Bernex
Chemin du Signal 29 (behind the football pavilion)
Parking at the mairie is available to the public.
Patinoire des Vergers has two ice rinks, one large indoor rink and one outdoor rink – and weather dependent. They also have time slots for ice hockey. The ice rinks are open every day of the week – check out the full schedule of opening times.
Entrance costs CHF 2.50 for children, and CHF 6 for adults. You can also buy packs of 10 entries for a discounted price, or even season passes (at very reasonable rates if you live in Meyrin).
Patinoire des Vergers
Centre sportif des Vergers
Find out more on their website.