Apart from the sheer size and vastness of the summit, the thing that strikes you most about the place is the scale of development on this peak. The visionary and ambitious project is an engineering marvel and has made the summit accessible to everyone - children, elderly, and those that are differently abled. It is no longer the preserve of skilled climbers and mountaineers and thus attracts many people from different parts of the world, assembled in the same reverie.
The place has the most unobtrusive design, it merges with the background externally, although you can see its sharp and pointed top from the town. The inside is created by hollowing out massive mountains to develop an intricate labyrinth of rooms, corridors, and tunnels that weave their way through the rocky halls to accommodate spaces for multiple exhibitions, displays and viewing platforms. It even has a store for souvenir and a cafeteria that shields you from the scathing -10 degrees when you have spent enough time outside.
If you are travelling with children, you may want them to take them to “The Void”. A glass box, that juts out from one of the tunnels and is suspended from one of the side of the Aiguille, 1000m above the glaciers below, making you feel like you are standing in the epicenter of the Alps encrusted in ice. One of the many tunnels that cut through the sheer ice walls takes you to the famed Ice Steps that allow climbers and skiers to access Vallée Blanche (the white valley) - one of the most pristine routes in the world.
The atmosphere in this café was infectious – friendly tourists chatted aimlessly discussing what we all had just experienced. Some beers and hot chocolates later we dragged ourselves out of the Alpine womb to make our way back to the town again.