The Charlemagne ice rink provides ice skating, professionnal ice hockey and spectacles on ice in Lyon.
The Patinoire Charlemagne is the major sporting venue in Lyon that combines all the activities on ice.
It involves going ice skating with friends or family for an afternoon, attending a professional hockey game with the Lyon Hockey Club or enjoying different kinds of spectacles and galas on ice.
Designed for Olympic Games, the Charlemagne ice rink is used for recretional purposes
Patinoire Charlemagne, one of the biggest ice rinks in France
The Patinoire Charlemagne is located in the southern tip of the Presqu’île, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon along the Cours Charlemagne, which gives its name to the ice rink, in the new neighborhood of Confluence.
It was inaugurated in 1969 and is one of the biggest ice rinks in France with 4,200 seats.
It is however the largest ice rink in the Ligue Magnus, the French elite ice hockey league, tied with Grenoble’s Patinoire Polesud.
The Lyon Hockey Club happens to be the resident team of the Charlemagne ice rink since its inauguration.
Spectacles, theme nights and competitions
The Charlemagne ice rink was constructed as part of Lyon’s candidacy to host the 1968 Summer’s Olympic Games, which ultimately was rejected in favor of Mexico City. It did not stop the city from building the ice rink, thanks to the wish of former Lyon’s mayor, Louis Pradel.
Spectacles on ice, theme nights in addition to national and international competitions of ice hockey and ice skating occur regularly.
Ice skating in Charlemagne on a daily basis
The recreational use of the ice rink prevails on a daily basis with multiple sessions, during the day or at night, for the public to enjoy ice skating in the city center of Lyon.
The Charlemagne ice rink is a perfect place to take the kids out, especially considering an introduction to ice skating is provided for kids between 4 and 7 thanks to the « Jardin des Glaces ».
The main figures of the Charlemagne ice rink
An ice rink built during the era of reinforced concrete
Robert Roustit and Christian Batton, architects of the Charlemagne ice rink, designed the building during the era of reinforced concrete architecure.
It is equiped with a 72 meter-long metallic roof and the front wall is covered in floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking majestically the Cours Charlemagne.
The two architects also worked in 1969 on the Vaise and Mermoz swimming pools, respectively in the 9th arrondissement and the 8th arrondissement, which show many architectural similarities with the Charlemagne ice rink.
The city of Lyon, owner of the Charlemagne ice rink
The city of Lyon owns the Charlemagne ice rink and recently performed a wave of three renovations, in 2001, 2007 and 2017.
The last renovation was done in order to replace the original concrete slab along with the cooling system, which were both used since the opening of the ice rink in 1969.
Along with the Patinoire Charlemagne, Lyon offers a second ice rink in the 3rd arrondissement, close to the Part-Dieu train station, the Patinoire Baraban.
Also opened in 1969, the Baraban ice rink is smaller compared to its older sister (200 seats) but still provides a great atmosphere to practice ice skating in family, with the same opening hours and rates as in Charlemagne.
Lyon Hockey Club, resident team of the ice rink
The enhancement over the years were made to benefit the Lyon Hockey Club with the installation of new locker rooms and the construction of V.I.P. suites.
The Lyon Hockey Club is indeed the resident team of the Charlemagne ice rink.
It highlights the sporting venue with 20 games a year for the account of the Ligue Magnus, the elite ice hockey league in France.
Where is the Charlemagne ice rink?
15 minutes away from Place Bellecour
Do not worry, it is only 25 minutes away from Place Bellecour by walk, 15 minutes by public transportation and approximately 1 kilometer by car from the closest highway exit.
How to get to the Charlemagne ice rink by car?
You can get to the ice rink by car, using the highway and exiting it at the interchange “Musée des Confluences“, but do not rely on public parking in the streets.
Private stuctures can be found around the Confluence mall and the Perrache train station, however, for roughly 2€ an hour.
How to get to the Charlemagne ice rink by public transportation?
The easiest way to reach and leave the Charlemagne ice rink might be public transportation.
The tramway line T1 stops at Ste-Blandine, which is less than 100 meters from the main entry of the building.
Moreover, the tramway line is directly connected to the metro line B in Debourg and the metro line A in Perrache, which facilitates long-distance travels in Lyon.