Location and Overview
Iglu Dorf, or ‘igloo village’, is a collection of interconnected igloos sitting on the mountainside just off the Riffelhorn piste, in the attractive Swiss resort of Zermatt. The views are amazing. You can see every star in the sky crystal clear. Sometimes the views even beat the skiing.
In other words, Igloo Village stands for hotels made of snow for young and old. With muscle power, snow sloughs, balloons and plenty of passion in around 3,000 hours every winter, they create new hotel complexes of snow and ice every winter. A tunnel system connects the igloos to each other.
History of the Hotel
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. There are 7 villages across Andorra, Switzerland and Germany now accepting guests.
Building the Rooms
Every year in December builders move three thousand tons of snow to build each village. Adrian invites artists from all over the world to craft sculptures inside each village. Only they use an ice pick, motor saw and shovel. Furthermore, 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.
Best time to go
The Villages are open from Christmas day through to the beginning of April each year. It might be best to go a little later in the winter when it is slightly warmer.
What More Makes it special
A variety of igloo options are available in the different villages, from Standard and Group igloos, to Romantic-plus igloos. Moreover, there is a church including an altar and baptismal font for a wedding party. Also, there are a small indoor bar, a dining area and a dance floor. Not only that, but also There is a Romantic Suite with private Jacuzzi, perfect for honeymooners.