For the seventh time, Bernau, in the Black Forest region of Germany, becomes a meeting place for lovers of imaginative snow sculptures. Eight artist teams from the United States, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Germany will transform a small plateau in the middle of the Bernau ski area into an extraordinary open-air gallery. An Egyptian sphinx, a baby dragon just hatching out of the egg, the Bernauer Witch, or Masha and the Bear—anything is possible at the Black Forest Snow Sculpture Festival. Be amazed as 3 x 3 x 3-meter snow cubes are transformed into into truly magical works of art within four days. While the artists are busily working away in their outdoor workshops, there will be a wide range of family-friendly activities in the ski resort and tent on the festival grounds.
The artists will begin sculpting their magical works starting at 14:30 on Thursday, working through the day-time hours on Friday and Saturday. Saturday evening will be filled with extraordinary events, including an impressive ski show, a snowcat parade, torchlight downhill skiing, and fireworks. The artists will put the finishing touches on their masterpieces on Sunday morning, which will be followed by the haunting sounds of an alphorn ensemble at 11:30 and a historical ski group at noon that will show skiing like in the old days. The sculptures will remain on site for viewing after the festival is over, as long as weather permits.
The open-air gallery for the festival is located above the village Innerlehen. Bernau is located about 1 hour from Basel by car; free parking is available at the Kurhaus car park.
Admission to the open-air gallery is free, but the ski show on Saturday evening costs € 6 for adults; tickets are available at the entrance. If you plan to ski, consider booking at least two nights in a participating hotel to receive your lift rides and trail use with the inclusive guest card for free.
79872 Bernau im Schwarzwald