Sky-high ice rink opens in Moscow

MOSCOW, Dec 16 (Reuters) - An ice rink billed as the highest in Europe has opened for business atop a 354-meter (1,160 feet) building in downtown Moscow, providing skaters with panoramic views of the Russian capital.

The rink, surrounded with bars and restaurants, cost 15 million roubles ($243,000) to build, according to BMW Group Russia, which opened it on Thursday.

"It's located at such a height that one can see the whole of Moscow," said Maria, one of the first skaters to try out the ice.

However, the views from the OKO Tower in Moscow's commercial district don't come cheap, with a ticket to skate costing 3,000 roubles ($49).

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People skate during the opening of an ice rink on the roof of the skyscraper OKO, one of the towers of the Moscow International Business Centre, in Moscow, Russia, December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: Visitors of the BMW Ice Rink 354 enjoy a view from the 86th storey of the Moscow City OKO Tower. Stretching along its perimeter, the highest rink in Europe takes up an area of 420 sqm [~4,500 sq ft] and measures 150 m [492 ft] in length. Artyom Korotayev/TASS (Photo by Artyom Korotayev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: Visitors skate on the BMW Ice Rink 354 located on the 86th storey of the Moscow City OKO Tower. Stretching along its perimeter, the highest rink in Europe takes up an area of 420 sqm [~4,500 sq ft] and measures 150 m [492 ft] in length. Artyom Korotayev/TASS (Photo by Artyom Korotayev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 15: Visitors ride on the highest skating rink in the world 'BMW Ice rink 354' located at an altitude of 354 meters on the roof the tower 'The Eye' in the business center 'Moscow City' in Moscow, Russia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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