To take for an Inuit during
the winter. Head for the summit of the
Zugspitze Glacier, 2600 meters above sea level, in Germany, in one of
the ice and snow igloos of the Igloo-Dorf Hotel. Installed each winter in
the Bavarian Alps, the view is looming towards three other countries:
Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
Fifty people can stay each
night in this seasonal place, open until 8 April. The igloo village is
arranged in a set of half-balls of snow connected to each other by a
corridor and all independent. There are six room
categories, in which the temperature is around ... zero degrees. The "Standard Igloo",
accommodating up to six people, as well as "The Romantic Igloo Family"
or "The Igloo Family Plus", with four adventurers and private restrooms.
For couples, the choice is
"the romantic igloo" or for more comfort, "the romantic igloo", which
has private bathrooms. To find the services of a
luxury establishment, "the romantic igloo suite" offers a private
Finally, for those who are
tempted by the concept but fear the atmosphere close to that of a
freezer, "hot igloo" is a compromise. Composed of tent canvas,
the space retains the shape of the dome but with the benefits of an
ordinary hotel, with first, the heating (a stove) and a double bed. After a moment in the arms
of Morpheus and head in the stars, tea will be served without having to
go out of his sleeping bag as soon as the sun comes.
2000 tons of snow needed
All "rooms" are equipped
with expedition sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures of up to
-40 degrees, in a decoration by artists and whose theme changes each
year. This year it is baroque.
The price, which starts at
119 € per person depending on the ephemeral dwelling chosen, includes a
visit to the igloos, dinner (a cheese fondue), tea after dark, a night
walk, and the use The sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi, as well as the
breathtaking view of the mountains.
These igloo villages, which
are also located in Switzerland and Andorra, are defined as "100-day
hotels" because they melt with the arrival of good weather and are
rebuilt every winter. They each require more than
2000 tons of snow and 3000 hours of work.
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