Colour and Snow at the Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival
25th January – 2nd February 2020
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.
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.
This year the festival starts on 25th January and continues until 2nd February 2020. To give you a feel for what it’s like take a look at some of the photos here.
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.
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.
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.
Photo © Festival International de Ballons – D. Schreckling
Chateau d’Oex Balloon Festival
When: 25th January – 2nd February 2020
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 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.
Balloon flights can also be booked (subject to availability) at the following prices:
Children CHF 195 (up to 16 years old, special price during the festival)
Adults CHF 390
Château-d’Oex is a municipality situated in Canton Vaud in Switzerland located in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut.
For more information please visit the website to see the program of activities.
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