German Ambassador in Bucharest Werner Hans Lauk and veteran musician Ovidiu Lipan Tandarica – who serves as Romania’s tourism ambassador worldwide – will open today the only ice tourist complex in the country, located at over 2,000 meters altitude at Balea Lake in the Fagaras Mountains.
The complex includes the Ice Hotel that opened last year, the already consecrated Ice Church and the nearby igloos.
“In all these years I have been living in Germany, that is for half of my life, I promoted Romania. You have to unconventionally love Romania and carry it in your soul,” Ovidiu Lipan declared last year, on the occasion of the opening of the ninth “Ice Hotel” season, according to Agerpres.
The 2013-2014 season was inaugurated in the presence of Chinese Ambassador to Romania, Mrs. Huo Yuzhen, who promised back then that she will promote our country and the Fagaras region in particular; one of TV spots for the international promotion of Romania was translated into Chinese and broadcast in China. For every season, the Balea Lake “Ice Hotel” invites an ambassador to help showcase the image of Romania in the country he or she represents. Attending the event this year will be German Ambassador Werner Hans Lauk.
Francesca Baciu is the image of the “Ice Hotel”
This winter, the image of the Balea Lake “Ice Hotel” is a young hope of Romanian ballet, Francesca Baciu – who already holds a brilliant track record – and who will shoot on the occasion a photo session designed to promote Romania’s image in the world; Francesca will also be the subject of a photo contest organised at Balea Lake.
Another special guest at the season-opening ceremony is Swiss chef Jakob Hausmann, who will feature three special culinary events in February, March and April, at the Balea Lake “Ice Restaurant” inside the “Ice Hotel”. Jakob Hausmann is a celebrity master chef at a restaurant in the historic center of Bucharest.
This season, the Ice Hotel opened to the public on December 23. True to tradition, the Britons were the first guests, booking all the rooms for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.