During 9 days, many balloonists from all around the world and their balloons with special shapes fly above the village and colour the wintry landscape of Pays-d’Enhaut. Thanks to its exceptional microclimate, Château-d’Oex has become the capital of hot-air ballooning in an Alpine environment. Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to children’s activities.
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