The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex is a meeting place of aerostiers from over twenty countries. Nearly a hundred hot-air balloons take advantage of the exceptional winter climate in the Alps. Skiers can hear the slow breathing of the balloons in the multicoloured sky above them.
The hot-air balloon festival was initiated by aerostier Hans Bücker and Charles-André Ramseier, the former director of the Château-d’Oex tourist office. Bücker initially proposed balloon flights to winter guests.
The first international meeting was organised in 1979.
The festival draws large crowds who come to see the flights and the “son et lumière” night show.
The first balloon that flew around the globe without stopping left from Château-d’Oex in 1999. The Breitling Orbiter steered by Betrand Piccard and Brian Jones accomplished this feat in twenty days.
For hot-air balloon fans, Espace Ballons in Château-d’Oex exhibits the aerostiers’ achievements.
Place du Village 6
CHF 15.- per day during the weekends CHF 20.- for the pin's Free during the week
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