Sleeping in an ice hotel at 2600 m? Sceptical, yet curious looks. How will it be up there. Cold? Uncomfortable?
After our stay we can give you some insights and tips for sleeping in an igloo.
From Eibsee in Germany we take the gondola up to Germany´s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.
Looking down we see our destination for tonight. The Iglu-Dorf / ice hotel.
In the afternoon we met the guides at the Sonn Alpin. They tell us about the stay at the ice hotel, the activities for tonight and tips for staying warm.
After taking a sleeping bag we follow the two guides to the igloo village. Accompanied by other 9 guests we walk past Germany´s highest chapel and reach after a couple of minutes an impressive, white construction.
Behind a wooden door are 14 igloos. Connected with an aisle. We pass a cameleer in white with his camels and other African animals.
Next to the entrance is an impressive igloo with wooden tables and benches. The place to have dinner and a drink at the illuminated bar.
Our igloo is the romantic igloo. A flamingo couple carved out of the snow watches our sleep. We have electricity and two USB-slots inside our igloo.
This year´s theme Africa is present in every igloo and corner.
After a walk inside the igloo we have some cheese, (bacon), jam, olives and break. We drink tea. As often and much as we want. Tea is included during the stay at the hotel. Drinking enough liquid at this height is important.
Later we take our headlamps for a walk on the Zugspitzplatt. -11.5 degrees Celsius. A cold night, but while having fun sledging down the hill our bodies warm up, until we are hungry.
A Swiss cheese fondue and a mediterranean variation is waiting for us at the igloo. Inside it has about 0 degrees Celsius. Not too bad.
Before we crawl into our sleeping bags we enjoy the warm jacuzzi outside. Surrounded by the mountains and stars our bodies warm up again.
We stuff our clothes and cameras into the long sleeping bag to keep them warm and say “Good Night!” to the two flamingos above us.
The next morning at 7 o´clock the guides wake us with a hot Ricola-tea.
We leave the igloo and have breakfast at the warm Sonn Alpin restaurant.
Our tips for a comfortable stay at the ice hotel:
- bring enough warm clothes (skiwear), warm woolen socks and winter boots
- warm gloves
- 2 beanies (one of them for the jacuzzi)
- flip-flops and towel for the jacuzzi
- drink enough liquid like tea (there is a toilet in the ice hotel)
- go to the jacuzzi before you go to bed (it warms your body up for the night)
It gets cold at night but with the activities (taking a walk, sledging, jacuzzi) your body will be kept warm.
Staying at the ice hotel at the Zuspitze is a unique experience. Don´t expect a lobby or a warm toilet. But the guides will do everything to make you feel comfortable.
The view from the Zugspitze especially at night and during sunrise is one of a kind. You might see the fog down in the valleys and the Austrian Alps.
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Thanks to Iglu-Dorf GmbH and Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn. The opinions are ours.