International Hot-Air Balloon Festival
Route de Saanen 2, 1660 Château-d’Œx, Switzerland
International Hot-Air Balloon FestivalA well-known name in the ballooning community, Château d'Oex was the launch site for the first world balloon tour in 1999. These days, every year at the end of January, the snow dusting the Swiss Alps in the area glows with the burners of a hundred hot air balloons during the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival. The event is an uncommon one when it comes to hot air balloon festivals, since many take place in warmer weather. Even if you can't make the festival, you can experience the magic yourself with an alpine balloon ride: weaving through those majestic, snow-covered alpine peaks.