The International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex is an event held annually for two weeks at the end of January, the Alpine village of Château-d’Oex in Switzerland accommodates around eighty hot-air balloons from twenty different countries.
Château-d’Oex is a small town known around the world for the International Balloon Festival. It is the ideal spot to take your first breathtaking hot-air balloon flight.
Hot Air Balloon Festival History
This festival is created in 1979 and attracts hundreds of people over two weekends. Hot air balloons in special, unique, and attractive shapes cover the sky above this little village in Switzerland each year.
Traditionally, a Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to children where captive balloon fights are presented. Children of all ages absolutely love this event.
The link between Château-d’Oex and hot-air balloons is a historical one. In 1999 the Breitling Orbiter – piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones is set off for the first tour around the world in a hot air balloon. That balloon is displayed at the hot air balloon museum in this small town.
The Château-d’Oex International Hot Air Balloon Festival brings together pilots from more than twenty different countries, with a hundred hot air balloons taking advantage of the extraordinary climate of the Alps in winter.
This colorful festival includes a night-time show, hot air balloon rides and kids’ day. Once the balloon is inflated it rises into the sky, light as a feather, up to an altitude between 2500 and 3500 meters.
International Hot Air Balloon Festival Admission Fees
- Admission fees for the ween-ends are usually around CHF 15 for adults and you can normally buy a festival package which cost CHF 25 for both weekends,
- Admission fee for the Wednesday is CHF 5,
- The admission fee for the children (less than 15 years) is free.
The Night Glow Show
This festival is extremely popular for taking place in a mostly snowy valley and by presenting and unique “night glow” show, where all the balloons are presented to the public on the mountain and they are lit by their burners in the evening.
Swiss Ski School members together with firework technicians light up the Château-d’Oex night for a performance that deeply impresses the spectators. To fully enjoy this spectacular light show, visitors can position themselves on Temple Hill and at the southern end of the football ground.