Friday, 18. April 2014 - 20:04
14. 11. 12. - 16:00
This year ice skaters in Salzburg will skate on plastic in a bid to cut energy usage and costs.
The annual construction of an ice skating rink is traditional in most cities at this time of year, but in the birthplace of Mozart and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Salzburg's old city this year's rink is causing quite a stir.
Ice skating on Mozartplatz in the old city has taken place every Advent for the last eleven years and runs from the middle of November up until New Year. This year visitors to the Peter Treml winter lounge will be greeted by artificial ice for the first time.
The artificial ice will save a great deal of energy as it is made from plastic and doesn't require cooling.
Managing director of plastics company "Mertl" Stefan Hernitz said: "By using artificial ice this rink will not have to consider energy costs and noise from the generators is now water under the bridge. Instead of ice machines, all we need is high-pressure cleaners and brushes to clean the surface."
Ice skaters from Salzburg's Skating Club were present last Saturday for the launch of the skating season to test the new rink and give their opinions. 15-year-old skating fan Sophie said: "The surface is slower to move across so this will take a bit of getting used to." Jumps and pirouettes can be executed on the ice just as well as in previous years. "If you fall over you no longer get wet!" added Nadja.
The rink and winter lounge are now open daily from 10am to 10pm and those without skates are able to hire them on site.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Former footballers charged over match-fixing
Austrian prosecutors have charged former footballer Dominique Taboga over allegations of match-fixing, nearly five months after his connection to the scandal was exposed.
Salzburg cheetahs great escape
For the third time in two years a cheetah has broken out from Salzburg Zoo this week.
NGOs calls for Salzburg to act against nitrogen oxide
A consortium of environmental NGOs angry at the excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide polluting the air in the Austrian state of Salzburg have said they will launch legal action against the state unless a change is made.
Nazi Gurlitt family may be hoarding more artwork
The trove of artworks stolen by the Nazis and allegedly hoarded away by art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt could be larger than previously thought after Austrian officials confirmed the discovery of a third house in Austria belonging to the family.
Further 180 Gurlitt paintings found in Salzburg
A further 180 paintings have been found in the Salzburg home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who made headlines in 2012 when a hoard of artwork was discovered by tax inspectors in his Munich flat.
Swedish woman fighting for life after being run over by snowmobile
A young Swedish waitress is fighting for her life after being run over by a 6.5 tonne snowmobile after deciding to ski down a closed off piste while it was being prepared at the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort in Salzburg.
Salzburg win the Bundesliga with eight games still to go
Red Bull Salzburg have secured the top title in Austria' football league Bundesliga, the earliest point in the season the winner has ever been decided.
Austrian duped by fake Prince Harry on Facebook
An Austrian tradesman who thought Britain's Prince Harry had contracted him to provide parquet floors at Buckingham Palace is unlikely to have the 27,000 EUR he transfered to a conman returned, according to police.
Salzburg FC look to continue winning streak tonight
Red Bull Salzburg will be hoping to continue their impressive winning streak in the UEFA Europa League with a win tonight against Swiss side Basel.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Salzburg cheetahs great escape|
|Property price rise continues|
|Former footballers charged over match-fixing|