Salzburg Photos: Skating at the Ice Rink

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An ice rink is built at the heart of Salzburg's city centre every year

Every year in winter, the Mozartplatz Square in Salzburg's Altstadt is transformed into a winter wonderland with market stands selling punch and mulled wine and a massive ice rink. It must be one of the most charming ice rinks in all of Europe - allowing to skate in the middle of Baroque churches and palaces at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the weeks before Christmas, the attractions of the Mozartplatz are rivalled by the nearby Christmas Market, but they last longer: Whilst the "Christkindlmarkt" closes on the 24th, the market stands next to the Ice Rink on the Mozartplatz stay there for much of the winter.

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