Thursday, 24. April 2014 - 04:04
01. 02. 13. - 15:00
N-ice work if you can get it where every year German artist Karl Neuhaus is asked to spend a month creating a spectacular fantasy world made out of ice even though none of his creations ever last into spring.
The ice fantasy world at Schwarzsee in the Fribourg Region of Switzerland has been fascinating visitors for 27 years and every year it becomes more spectacular than the year before – despite the fact that artist Neuhaus is now 75 years old.
As a schoolboy he was always fascinated with ice and snow and said: "I will never forget as a young boy taking a walk through the Woodlands and discovering how the ice and the snow had transformed everything into a magical landscape. I couldn't get the image out of my mind, and I wanted to be involved in creating something like it. I took my dad's garden hose and set up a sprinkler so that the water would spread and snaked into the middle of the woods where I created my very first ice sculpture.
"I then took the hose away and left it until I then noticed a picture that appeared in the local paper where everybody was puzzled about where the creation had come from. It was 11 metres tall by the time I'd finished with it and people were even coming from nearby villages simply to look at it."
He said that ever since then he had been dabbling with ice sculptures before deciding to create a magical fairytale world which has now been vanishing and reappearing every year now for 27 years.
He said: "My pleasure is the pleasure it gives visitors and it's really good that it seems to appeal to the old just as much as the young. We get people coming from far and wide as well and of course many of those visitors at night where the light effects are really spectacular.
The local tourist board said: "Most of the visitors come after a day's skiing at Schwarzsee and a trip to the ice palace is something everybody seems to want to do at least once.
"The sculptures are all centred around a wooden or metal constructions that are then covered with water when it's freezing to create the ice wonderland. There is a lot of imagination and fantasy involved in the ever more adventurous creations and they have now become a permanent fixture of the winter season every year for tourists. "
Umbrellas are turned upside down to create giant flowers, and simple everyday items like a rotary washing line are fitted with lights and turned into artistic spectacles.
As well as the buildings various fantasy creations such as illuminated giant squid, dogs, penguins and various fish and other fantasy creations have been added.
The main attraction though is the 50 foot-high ice palace at the centre of the ice wonderland in the middle of the wood. To reach it visitors either have to go through an ice tunnel or over a ice bridge – and the restaurant at the site serving hot food does good business.
Policeman Beating Girl, 13, Divides Romania
A Romanian police officer has resigned after a video that has split the country showed him beating a 13-year-old girl in custody who was part of a gang of convicted killers that preyed on the elderly.
Granny Spinner Likely To Escape With 30 GBP Public Order Fine
The Romanian teenager who grabbed a terrified woman and spun her around in the middle of a street for a "joke" is likely to escape with a 30 GBP fine - because his victim is too terrified to file a complaint.
National History Museum shows ancient gold coins returned from UK
The Romanian National History Museum in Bucharest has exhibited a rare collection of ancient gold coins that had vanished and have now been returned from the UK where the customs had held them.
Romanian woman gives a birth for free in Serbian hospital and then leaves a baby
Hospital staff in the northern Serbian town of Pozarevac where shocked when a Romanian woman entered there, gave birth and then secretly left abandoning the baby.
Arctic opens a new fridge production line in Gaesti
Romanian company Arctic has opened a new fridge production line in the town of Gaesti in the south of the country.
Romanian businessmen discuss cooperation with Oman
Businessmen representing Romanian companies will stay in Oman for two days discussing possible ways of cooperation between the two countries.
Serbia is a homeland of vampires, not Romania, claims American journalist
An American journalist has revealed the homeland of vampires is Serbia, not Romania.
Simona Halep wins a tournament in Sofia
Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has won the WTA tournament in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Emil Constantinescu meets president of Azerbaijan
Former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu has met the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku
Architect of Romanian Parliament Palace dies
The Architect of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest has died.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days