World’s Largest Ice Rink in Lipno Sets another Record

Thanks to freezing temps this winter, the 15-kilometer-long expanse has set a seasonal record for longest opening time

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 13.02.2017 10:42:38 (updated on 13.02.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 13.02.2017 10:42:38 (updated on 13.02.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

At 15 kilometers long and 8 meters wide, the Lipno Dam, an expanse of the Vltava River connecting Lipno nad Vltavou to Frymburk, made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the “world’s largest ice skating rink,” ousting a track in Ottawa Canada, that measured 7.8 kilometers. 

(This Twitter pic truly captures the majesty of the rink.)

Volunteers clear snow from the dam each year creating a wintry pathway for all manner of skaters and vehicles—sled, prams, and even cars—to traverse the solid ice.

(According to a Czech proverb, if the ice is more than 15 centimeters thick it will support the weight of a knight in armor and his horse!)

The rink at Lipno has well surpassed the 15-centimeter mark this year: most recently it was measured at 30-centimeters-thick which has allowed the rink to stay open for a record three consecutive weeks; milder winters of years past have interrupted access and limited skating time due to safety reasons.

The reservoir has already attracted some 10,000 visitors this year from the Czech Republic and neighboring countries.

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