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Ice-skating started on a regular basis in the first half of the 19th century on Lake Balaton. 1869. November 12 marked the formation of the Pest Ice-skating Association (Pesti Korcsolyázó Egylet) in the Korona Coffee House while at the same time the city's first rink opened on the lake in City Park (Városliget). Initially there was only a tiny wooden structure next to the rink for warming and for changing. The rink was a huge success: the association organized various events, one after the other; such was the first ice-skating competition held on February 2nd, 1870. After the city's two parts (Buda and Pest) joined, the organization renamed itself to Budapest Ice-skating Association (Budapesti Korcsolyázó Egylet) and they appointed their first president, Earl Manó Andrássy. Due to the fantastic popularity of the new rink, the association commissioned Ödön Lechner to design a new pavilion structure for rink visitors. The new wooden structure, Lechner's first work, had two wings for separate men and women dressing rooms and a common resting area. But soon this also proved to be too small and as such it was again redesigned: the new, much larger hall was Imre Francsek's work and it was built in 1895.

Without a doubt, the Ice Rink played a huge role in the advancement of Hungarian ice sports. The open-air rink, Europe's largest and one of its oldest, was reopened on November 26th, 1926 - this time for a 105 day season of exercise and competition.

The bombing in 1944 destroyed much of the structure, so it had to be closed for a while. After the war, Ferenc Paulheim's design was implemented to reconstruct the damaged sports venue and by the autumn of 1945 it was again in use.

Today, the lake at Városliget awaits visitors year-round: as a skating-rink in the winter and as a boating lake in the summer.

Városligeti Mujégpálya is located in Budapest's XIV. district in City Park (Városliget) on Olof Pálme sétány 5. (Olof Pálme walkway 5). It is easily accessible via mass transit by taking the millennium underground (M1), trolley buses 72, 75, and 79, or buses 4, 20, and 30. | Contact us

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