Photo/Bild: Château-d'Oex

Hot-air Balloon Festival

The 42nd hot-air balloon festival started in Château-d’Oex on 25 January. The annual event lasts until 2 February. More than sixty balloonists from fifteen countries take part in various activities. The traditional Night Glow takes place on 31 January.

The program offers conferences, active participation of participants (children and adults), flights in the valley, formation flights and other aerial shows. Besides, two flights commemorate the historic 1909 balloon flight of Albert Gockel and Viktor Franz Hess and the twentieth anniversary of the balloon flight festivals of St. Niklaas (Belgium), Romorantin (France), Bristol (UK) and Château-d’Oex (Switzerland). (More information: (