Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex

Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d'Oex
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25 Jan 20202 Feb 2020Traditional Festival
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The International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex is an event held for two weeks at the end of January, the Alpine village of Château-d’Oex in Switzerland accommodates around 80 hot air balloons from 20 different countries.

International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex 2020

The International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex 2020 starts on Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 and ends on Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

In the heart of the Vaudois Alps, Château-d’Oex offers almost perfect climate for hot air ballooning – earning the title of ballooning capital.

Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d'Oex
This event is famous for taking place in a snowy valley and the unique “night-glow” show, where all the balloons are exposed on the mountain, during the evening of the last day of the festival.

During the visit, you can view hundreds of amazing colors and shapes when hot air balloons are in the air. If the weather conditions allow you, it is certainly a unique experience not to be missed.

Hot Air Balloon Festival
The International hot air balloon was created in 1979 which makes this year’s festival the 42nd edition. The Château-d’Oex festival is held each winter usually during the last week of January.

The best view of the hot air balloons and the surrounding area is definitely from the hot air balloon itself, however, this is a bit expensive adventure (costs around 400 CHF). The second best place is to climb up to the church of Château-d’Oex as well.

Balloon Festival in Alps
The first event in Château-d’Oex was organized with only 12 hot air balloons from only four countries back in 1979. Over the years, it grew to one of the largest balloon festivals in Europe.

The International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex gathers regularly over 10.000 visitors from many countries. All of them come from all over the world to see dozens of ballons of all shapes and colors.

Hot Air Balloon
Last night of The International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex is usually reserved for the famous “Night Glow” show with hot air balloons, para-gliders, fireworks, and music performances as well.

The Night Glow happens during the night, of course, and it is a show of both lights and sound. It is a breathtaking experience for spectators and it is definitely a highlight of the festival.

Air Balloon Festival in Switzerland
In order to fully enjoy this light show, visitors can position themselves on Temple Hill and at the southern end of the football ground.

Video: Air Baloon Festival 2019 Footage

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