Winter in Amsterdam
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Skating on Keizersgracht
Skating over Amsterdam's frozen canals is not possible every year. The temperature needs to drop to -5°C or below for 1 or 2 weeks to get natural ice (natuurijs) thick enough to skate on.
During periods of cold, boat traffic is blocked from certain canals (usually Keizersgracht en Prinsengracht) to allow the water to freeze.