The roof of the Gurgl Carat is currently covered by a white blanket. Europe’s highest-located conference centre blends seamlessly into the enchanting winter landscape of the village of Obergurgl in the Ötztal. While the snow is quietly falling outside, inside of the building it is bustling with activity. After all, there are plenty of meetings, conferences and other events to be prepared for the coming year.
“We have many enquiries and already some fixed bookings for 2022”, reports Felix Kupfer. The manager of the house has every reason to look into the future with optimism. He does so with full awareness that the long months of the pandemic have not always been easy for the Gurgl Carat. Opened in early 2020 with a congress of paediatricians, the gates had to be closed again immediately with the lockdown that followed. Since then, the development of the ultra-modern conference centre with its top location in the alpine region has been marked by ups and downs.
Now, after almost two years of Corona-related emotional rollercoaster rides, one thing is becoming clear: The summer is the absolutely safest time to hold events. On the one hand, the number of cases decreases during the warm months, on the other hand it is precisely at that time of the year that the outdoor opportunities offered by Obergurgl can be optimally used. Obergurgl is located at an altitude of 1,900m and forests and pastures are at our doorstep.