Ice skaters glide over Amsterdam’s frozen canals during Europe’s big freeze; Olivia Heath; House Beautiful

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Netherlands – Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

It’s a sight that hasn’t been seen for around six years, but the beautiful canals in Amsterdam have frozen, giving locals the rare opportunity to ice skate on the waterways.

The has caused havoc this week across across the UK and western Europe with heavy snowfall, deadly blizzards and sub-zero temperatures causing major delays and disruptions across travel networks and leaving thousands of homes with power cuts.

But for Amsterdam, as temperatures plummeted, part of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals were closed to boats and froze solid enough to give sightseers and residents the chance to skate on the city’s canals.In photos taken on Friday (2 March), daredevils enjoyed impromptu ice skating on the canals, whilst others just walked across what would normally be flowing water and taking in the views.

According to , two skaters fell through the ice on Thursday because it was too thin, but both were reportedly rescued to safety.

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