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Engelberg Igloo Hotel. An Igloo world in white !!!
Adrian Günter built his first igloo in 1996, to better enjoy the mountain and first powder snow of the day. Following an avalanche of interest from friends wanting to sample an igloo night, he increased the number of igloos and opened the "small world in white" in 2006, with 7 villages across Andorra, Switzerland and Germany now accepting guests.
Moving three thousand tons of snow every December to build each village, Adrian invites artists from all over the world to craft sculptures inside each village. With only an ice pick, motor saw and shovel, artists produce seals, arctic wolves, polar bears and whales as well as swirling designs and patterns illuminated by candle light to look over the guests from the walls.The villages are open from Christmas day through to the beginning of April each year, snow conditions permitting. With 10,000 visitors in 2010, all ages have enjoyed the cosy hospitality of an expedition sleeping bag and sheepskin rug, from the youngest 19mth old baby to an 83 year old lady guest.
Available in locations in Andorra, the Swiss Alps and at the Zugspitze, villages accommodate up to 52 guests in different igloo options from romantic igloos for 2, to larger family and standard igloos for up to 6 people. Prices are lowest midweek, rising at weekends and during the New Year. They include food, non alcoholic beverages and the use of sauna or whirlpool facilities.
The team has even built a church including an altar and baptismal font for a wedding party. Every village is equipped with a large igloo hotel lobby and bar where the evening meal of Gerber fondue and 'vin chaud' is served.
The top range Romantic igloo suites with a private whirlpool even include their own toilet, although you'll not want to spend too long sitting on the seat!
The Engelberg resort is very easy to reach as it is only 2 1/2 hours airport to cable car by train from Zurich.
While the snowboarding and snowshoe activities available at all the villages are to be expected, your overnight package includes the use of a communal sauna or whirlpool. After spending the day on the piste in the fresh mountain air, there are few things more relaxing than sitting in a whirlpool viewing a sunset over the mountains.