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Design. Architecture. Art.

ice Q on the Gaislachkogl
A masterpiece of contemporary architecture

A dream of glass facades and pure steel meets rock and ice. A symbiosis created by human hand at 3,048 metres altitude. Nestling in a realm of majestic mountain peaks, the ice Q restaurant sparkles like a gem. Perfect shapes which fit in with the silhouette of the Gaislachkogl. The interior of this alpine gourmet restaurant in Sölden is stylish. With uninterrupted views to the breathtaking backdrop of the Ötztal Alps visible via the 900 m² all-encompassing glass facade. Nothing detracts from the magical moments of freedom you enjoy above the clouds. Renowned architects’ office, Obermoser, who were involved in the construction of the Gaislachkoglbahn in 2010, have, with ice Q, created a 4.5 million Euro monument which is worthy of note. Energy-efficient thanks to its triple-glazing and heat recovery system. Completely built on Permafrost, which was no easy task. To counter the settling and movement of the ice base, Bergbahnen Sölden had to construct adjustable and movable foundations. The entire construction area of ice Q spans an impressive 4500 cubic metres.

How it all began …

It was in 1966 that bold pioneers made the mighty Gaislachkogl accessible via cable car. In the same year tourism visionaries recognised the potential of this unique summit – and without further ado constructed the first restaurant on it. Some 50 years were then to pass until the old restaurant building was to experience the unique sunrise on the Gaislachkogl for the last time in late summer 2012. It was then torn down. Shortly afterwards building work began on a new, ambitious project with a catchy name – ice Q. In December of the same year the exclusive gourmet restaurant at 3,048 metres opened its doors – and since that time has been providing delicious food, sophisticated wines from around the world and a breathtaking view across the valley of three-thousand metre mountains. The restaurant ice Q has 130 seats inside, 82 seats on the terrace and a roof-top terrace which enjoys panoramic views.

Restaurant Sonnengarten - Tre Milla
Restaurant Sonnengarten - Tre Milla

Legendary right from the outset

The Gaislachkogl cable car

Gaislachkogl gondola mountain station in Sölden
Comfort to the fore
Up to 3,000 metres in 12 minutes

What had successfully begun in 1966 with the Gaislachkogl being made accessible via ski lift, was then enhanced in December 2010. The new Gaislachkoglbahn on the number one skiing mountain has since that very day been setting new trends in the global transport sector. It impresses with its transport capacity of 3,600 passengers per hour and in terms of design and technology. It is also one of the highest located 3S cable cars in the world.

Tyrol architecture office, Obermoser, who were also responsible for the planning of ice Q restaurant, gave the building for the futuristic looking cable car a very special finishing touch with its harmonious curved shape and bright, welcoming colours. The highlight after an exciting panoramic ride on the Gaislachkoglbahn however is ice Q restaurant on the summit – a pleasure-filled gem which provides the best views. It is all about cuisine, yet stylish too.

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