7 Snow And Ice Houses You’ve Got To See To Believe

Check out some of the world’s craziest frozen creations, from a massive snow castle to a functional bedroom made completely of ice

1. 1. Snow Castle

You have a castle, but is it made of snow?! This replica of the real-deal Nagoya Castle located in Nagoya, Japan, stands 45 feet high, including the base (also made of snow). Read our essential homeowner survival skills to keep your own castle pristine. -Elizabeth Lilly

2. 2. Sea Water Snow Fort

If merely gazing upon the SnowCastle of Kemi in Finland, (which has been built annually since 1996 and covers over 150,000 square feet), gives you the chills, maybe it’s time to check out our little ways to save big on your heating bill.

3. 3. Ice Bedroom in an Ice Hotel

You’re supposd to try new things on vacation, right? Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada, gives guests the full frigid treatment with ice rooms. If an icy bedroom sounds like your nightmare, see our top picks for space heaters.

4. 4. Illuminated Ice Mansion

The lit-up abode from the Harbin Ice Festival gives a whole new meaning to exterior lighting. Before you create a spark indoors, make sure you follow our fireplace safety prep tips.

5. 5. Pretty Ice Dam Nightmare

Ice castles are huge in Midway, Utah, where builders spray water on wooden frames to create this effect. If you’d prefer to keep icicles off your castle, follow our guide for how to get rid of ice dams.

6. 6. Sprawling Snow House

This four-story house—featured in the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan in 2010—was made entirely of snow and even featured a working clock. If you’d prefer for the exterior of you home to not look like this, stock up on blizzard essentials.

7. 7. Ice Palace from The History Books

History buffs may recognize this as a representation of the Forbidden City in Beijing, a Chinese imperial palace that housed emperors until 1912. Avoid walking on ice steps at your own place with our smart storm and snow cleanup tips.

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