Ballooning

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Ever since the first balloon went up over Basel in 1788, ballooning has been a very special experience. You float almost silently over the mountains, lakes or cities. You'll enjoy views that you can't get from an airplane.

Ballooning

FAQ Ballooning

Ballooning is done with free balloons. The balloons are either hot air balloons or are filled with gas, which is lighter than air.

During takeoff and landing the balloon has a maximum speed of 20 km/h and in between around 40 km/h. For alpine crossings speeds up to 100 km/h are possible.

Ballooning is possible all year round in good weather. Floating above snowy peaks and getting a clear view of the scenery is uniquely beautiful. In summer you can admire not only the mountain peaks but also the glaciers in their full size.

It's best to wear comfortable walking shoes. The clothing is adapted to the respective temperatures and resembles hiking clothes. You do not need to dress too warmly. Inside the basket there is no wind and additionally you feel the waste heat of the burner. Having headgear is an advantage and sunglasses should not be forgotten. For trips in the summer, a T-shirt is often sufficient, but a thick sweater must be mandatory. Don't forget sunscreen!

Thunderstorms are very dangerous for the balloon. Since a balloon reaches only low speeds, it is at the mercy of a thunderstorm. So as soon as thunderclouds build up, the balloon flight is canceled. Strong high altitude winds do not bother a balloon, but strong ground winds can prevent a launch or make a landing very difficult. In the event of heavy fog (especially in lake areas), an attempt will be made to divert to another route. Cloudy weather would not be a problem for the balloon flight, but it takes away from the enjoyment of the view. Therefore, even in the case of heavy cloud cover, a planned balloon flight will be postponed.

There are short balloon flights lasting about 90 minutes and balloon flights lasting twelve hours