Teetering over the Ötztal Alps in Sölden, and merging seamlessly with its dramatic natural surroundings, the ice Q Restaurant is one of Austria’s most majestic buildings. Designed by architects at Innsbruck-based Obermoser, the structure sits at 3048 metres (1.9 miles) above sea level, with a 900-square-metre (9700-square-foot), all-encompassing glass façade, offering visitors completely uninterrupted panoramic views of the mountainous landscape. So impressive is its beauty, that the structure was selected as a set location for 007, appearing in the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre.
A true gem of modern architecture, ice Q Restaurant is a staggering monument to admire. The mountain on which ice Q resides, Gaislachkogl, first became accessible in 1966, with a cable car that went to the summit. More than 50 years later, and after realising the potential of the dazzling views, construction began on ice Q, for a restaurant with the greatest views in all of Austria. The building features 130 seats inside and 82 seats on a rooftop terrace that enjoys staggering panoramic views.
Aside from the incredible views, the ice Q is also worth a visit for the delicious gourmet food and local wines. Summit dining is available every Wednesday evening, and costs around €122 per head. You’ll also be dining in the same spot where Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, conducted his evil plot in Spectre.