Buildings - Castles - Palaces - Churches
Remote - Isolated
Ice & Snow
Floating - Boats
Cabin - Lodge - Huts
Tipee - Tents - Wigwam
Industrial - Factory
Fantasy - Theme
Food - Drink
Décor - Designer - Chic
Other - One Of A Kind
The magnificent alpine panorama offers the perfect ambience for the perfect igloo experience!
Lying in the whirlpool and enjoying the open view of the Matterhorn - that is only possible in the Igloo Village in Zermatt. This winter, the Igloo Village below the Gornergrat ridge offers 34 snow beds, now also including a Romantic Igloo Suite with a private whirlpool.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.
A variety of igloo options are available in the different villages, from Standard and Group igloos, to Romantic-plus igloos. Each category includes usage of the whirlpool or sauna. 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!
Available in locations in Andorra, the Swiss Alps and German 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.
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.
Zermatt lies at the base of the Matterhorn in the Valais Alps of southern Switzerland, at 1600m above sea level.
To reach Zermatt, travel through the Visp Valley all the way to the end, where Zermatt is located. Park your car in Täsch and come to Zermatt by train or taxi. From the car-free town, in which carriages and electromobiles are the main modes of transport, take the Gornergrat railway towards the highest Igloo Village.