Snowlandia, the World’s Biggest Snow Labyrinth – Become a Real Life Maze Runner

Written By Pieter Zilonis

If you Google the term ‘Snowlandia’, from the UK at least, your initial results will relate to a boarding kennels and cattery in York, England. We want to make this clear, whilst they’re probably very nice people, they have not built the world’s largest ice labyrinth. That’d be crazy, it’s a completely different business model and the dogs would inevitably get lost.

No, the claim for building a monstrously huge snow labyrinth, or Śnieżny Labirynt, can be credited to some fine people in Zakopane,  southern Poland.

The Snowlandia ice labyrinth opened in January 2016 and has proven to be a smash hit with thousands of visitors trying to navigate the treacherous snowy maze with it’s 2 metre high walls.

The Snowlandia ice labyrinth has proven to be a popular hit with families. (Photo: Snowlandia)
The Snowlandia ice labyrinth has proven to be a popular hit with families. (Photo: Snowlandia)

The first Snowlandia ice maze covered an area of 2500m² and took 40 workers over a month to build in sub-zero temperatures. A staggering 60,000 ice bricks were hand-cut and used in a construction that featured a 14 metre long entrance tunnel.

Maze architects Darek Pytlik and Artur Haber encountered some serious challenges during construction, with Pytlik stating, “There were many sleepless nights. Then we found a good team to work with. Most of them are professional builders, so they are good in their roles”.

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Artur Haber, came up with the original idea with his friend Jarek Sitarz, who runs the local ski lift. Haber explains, “Some people ask us if we are not crazy when undertaking such a big undertaking, since it is known that this building will not last more than 40 days”. However, the fact that the labyrinth only lasts for 40 days has not deterred Haber and his team from scaling new heights. This season the hardy maze builders have set a new standard and created an even bigger snow maze covering 3000m².

Only two hours away from the city of Kraków, the Snowlandia ice labyrinth is the perfect excuse to get some ‘me time’ on a day out with the family. Just make sure you visit in Winter!

In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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