What a lovely offer of sleeping in the Mountain Hut If You’re willing to climb 8,300ft. This mountain-top hut with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Julian Alps in Italy is free to stay for anyone who knocks on its door. You’ll have to hike 8,300ft up Foronon del Buinz Mountain to get to it. This is commissioned by the family of the late mountain climber “Luca Vuerich”, who died in an avalanche in 2010, this strange prefab wood cabin by architect Giovanni Pesamosca is situated on the Ceria-Merlone trail and has been offering a safe refuge for hiking nature lovers since it is opened for public in September 2012. The clever chapel-like design prevents snow from piling up on it, and its south-facing opening lets the sun melt any snow that builds up during winter. It is really interesting due to the high altitude; the building materials for the hut were flown in by helicopter more than 18 trips. A team of 12 professional workers, mountain rescue volunteers and Luca’s friends then put the 16-sqm structure together in a one day. For the less adventurous, there is a vast network of same huts scattered throughout the Alps at much lower altitudes, though you may have to pay to stay. Some even come with staff on duty in the summer that can cook and clean the place for hikers.

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