Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival Photo: © Chateau-d’Oex Tourisme


Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

26th January – 3rd February 2019


Chateau d'lex Balloon Festival 2017

Photo © Carmen Sirboiu

Did you know that the first balloon to fly round the world without stopping began its journey from Château-d’Oex back in 1999? It was known as the Breitling Orbiter and on board was Betrand Piccard and Brian Jones and they managed to complete their record-breaking journey in just twenty days.

Chateau-d'Oex International Hot Air Balloon Festival Switzerland

Every year in January Château-d’Oex in Switzerland attracts balloonists and balloon enthusiasts from all over the world. Located between Gstaad and Gruyère, the town is invaded with huge colourful balloons as everyone gathers for the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival.

Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

This year the festival starts on 26th January and continues until 3rd February 2019. To give you a feel for what it’s like take a look at some of the photos here.

Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

It’s a stunning spectacle to behold. Against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks the sky is filled with colour. Approximately 100 balloons take part in the festival which dates back to 1979 when the first balloon festival took place and which was organized by Hans Bücker and Charles-André Ramseier.

Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

To really experience the Festival you need to book a flight and you can do this on site. We had an amazing balloon experience flying in the Chaplin’s World balloon.

Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

Not only did we get fabulous views of the snow capped mountains all around, but it was a fabulous vantage point from which to see all the other balloons taking part in the festival.Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

Please note, however, that balloon flights are highly dependant on weather conditions! Sometimes there are great climatic conditions one day and terrible ones the next but every morning from 8am they have a hotline number available (026 924 25 24) so that you can check for the latest news and information.

Chateau d'Oex balloon festivall

Photo © Festival International de Ballons – D. Schreckling

Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival

When: 26th January – 3rd February 2019

Where: Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland

Website: Click for the Website here.

Telephone Hotline to find out the conditions for flights: +41 26 924 25 24

Tickets for the 2019 International Balloon Festival which allows you access to the area right next to where the balloons take off cost CHF 15 for adults. Parking is available on site and costs CHF 5.

Château-d’Oex is a municipality situated in Canton Vaud in Switzerland located in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut.

See the Google coordinates here.

Balloon Festival Chateau d'Oex Switzerland


For more information please visit the website to see the program of activities.

Flying High in Chaplin’s World Balloon at Chateau d’Oex


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