A temporary igloo village is being constructed this winter high up Germany's loftiest mountain, the Zugspitze, for paying guests willing to enjoy the big chill.
Construction of the 50-bed holiday village began Friday, as high winds buffeted the 2 962m Alpine peak, and was to be completed by December 25.
Honeymoon suites are available for couples seeking low-temperature romance at the,700-metre-altitude site, which will include a bar, catering and a "garden" of ice sculptures.
Swiss promoter Adrian Guenter, who has built four similar villages in the Swiss Alps, said the structures should hold until the April thaw.
Some 3 000 tons of snow will be needed. One classic igloo will be made from blocks of snow cut modern-Eskimo-style with power saws, but the rest will be made using a technique like that for paper lanterns.
A room sized balloon will be put on the mountainside as a form and covered with snow by a snow-blower. The balloon will then be deflated, leaving the snow walls and roof standing.