The ice hotel - Balea lake

Starting 2006, every winter, a special hotel is built at Bâlea Lac, in Romania.

What’s so special about it? It is built entirely from ice: walls, corridors, pillars, decorations, everything is made of ice, including the beds. Yet, the temperature inside is about - 4 degrees Celsius (you can’t expect to get to sleep in your pajamas, but as the beds are covered with sheep furs, it can be quite cozy for one night experience).

The
hotel includes also a bar, where you can have a drink (or more) served in glasses made of ice (of course). From the colored lights playing around, to ambiental music, from marvelous translucent ice sculptures (imitations of the works of Constantin Brancusi, the famous Romanian sculptor) to the bar counter and tables, everything is thought and planned in detail, giving the visitors a strange “North Pole” sensation.

Although there are no toilets inside, all facilities are available from the challets nearby.

In 2006, the price of one night accomodation was about 35$ per person, in double room.

The ice is extracted from the nearby lake, by a team of workers from villages within the area. The construction took about two months, so the hotel opened in February 2006, but, with the already gathered experience, it is expected to be ready much sooner.

The access in Bâlea Lake area can be done by car only from July to October. The
Transfagarasan road is located in the vicinity of Bâlea Lake.

For the rest of the year, the final part of the road is closed . At that altitude – 2034 meters, winter starts in October-November and ends in June – , the access being possible only by cable car from Bâlea Cascade.

Bâlea Lake, one of the glacial lakes in Romania, is situated at an altitude of 2034 meters. It has an aria of 0.46 square kilometers and it has a maximum depth of 11 meters.

The Balea Lake Ice Hotel is situated on the lakeside and it offers a warm atmosphere for the tourists, people working there are extremely nice and helpful and the food is great.

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