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Glacial happiness

Eternal love in the eternal ice

A romantic gondola ride, a panoramic view on the sun terrace, a marriage proposal at the summit – for a “Yes!” on the Hintertux Glacier.

Hermann Hesse wrote: “Happiness is love, nothing else. A man who is capable of love is happy.” In this sense, the image of happiness deserves a setting that is fitting to this priceless value. Thought Simon ready for the unforgettable, the crazy, but also the romantic. He was determined that Regina should become his wife for the rest of his life.

So a marriage proposal. Just two questions preoccupied him: Where? And how? And since they are both enthusiastic skiers and have been spending their winter holidays in Zillertal for years, he had a brilliant idea: a proposal high up the mountain. At the peak of emotions … on the Hintertux Glacier. The thought of standing up there and swearing his eternal love to Regina in the eternal ice made him beam. What he did not suspect, but now knows: we were just waiting for him and his longing for an extraordinary experience. A marriage proposal on the glacier? Please go ahead! And would you like a few more ideas that will actually make the day even more extraordinary? We have some, or in fact plenty of them.

“Happiness is
love, nothing else. A man who is capable
of love is happy.”

Hermann Hesse

This starts with the place where the magical words “Will you marry me?” will be spoken: on the Hintertux Glacier panorama terrace, at 3,250 metres – surrounded by an imposing mountain backdrop and with the legendary Olperer as a mighty witness. For the Hintertux Glacier team, this also goes without saying. Motto: No wish is left unfulfilled. From rose bouquets to heart balloons and the fabulous view as a gift from nature, everything should be so picturesque that a “Yes” is as certain as the sun in the sky. And what better symbol to commemorate the vow of eternal love than a love lock engraved with names, which has found its perfect spot on the panorama terrace forever? So Simon can be sure that Regina and he will be able to relive the specialness of the moment on each of their ski holidays in future.

But if there’s going to be a proposal, then it has to be with all the trimmings. Like the unique offer of a gondola breakfast. So he will enjoy the ride to happiness with Regina in a romantic atmosphere – laid table, beautiful tableware, champagne to set the mood. And with the certainty that Regina has no idea what this emotional journey has in store. The door could open at the middle station, for example, and a man from the glacier lift could hand a ring box into the gondola with a wink – if Simon doesn’t want to pull it out of his pocket as a surprise at the summit.

Professional photo shoot

In any case, the journey continues to a lofty height, symbolic of love. With another vision: the happy couple can enter the nearby Nature’s Ice Palace in their wedding outfits – for a professional photo shoot that couldn’t be more stunning. In his mind, Simon can already see himself kneeling on the terrace – where he lovingly puts the ring on Regina’s finger. Now he just needs the right words. How about: “Happiness is love, nothing else. A man who is capable of love is happy.”

Image: Max Draeger and text: Michael Hufnagl
Zillertal magazine winter 2022/23

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