Europe by air: Hot air balloon excursions

Europe by air: Hot air balloon excursions

by Nadia Saar
Stripes Europe

What better way to enjoy Europe than with a hot air balloon ride? From the air, you can encounter a whole new world you never thought you’d see on foot and travel great distances in minutes, not worrying about the hustle and bustle below you. If you’ve always wanted to get another point of view or enjoy a romantic getaway in the skies, now is your chance to fly over the Alps and float above beautiful cities.

Tours over Europe

The medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber offers an exceptional hot air balloon experience to see the city at its best. You’ll receive a team of hot air balloon specialists, a glass of sekt, a 90-minute ride over the city and a certificate documenting your adventure. During your excursion, a member of the team will point out Rothenburg’s sites and discuss some of the area’s history. If you are hoping to enjoy a romantic ride, the team will simply provide support, allowing you to glide over the city in peace.

Head to England for a highly coveted hot air balloon experience. Virgin Balloon Flights offers an opportunity to explore a region or take on the whole of England with a national flight. You can explore locally in England, Scotland, Wales and other areas. National flights take you anywhere in the U.K. and come with free chocolate, champagne and certificates signed by Sir Richard Branson. Expect to see the most exquisite sites and float through the beautiful terrain that the U.K. has to offer, an experience you’ll never forget. Itineraries and costs vary, and can be tailored to your schedule and budget. 

It doesn’t get more scenic than France, where several gorgeous sites are available for lift-off, starting your 60 minutes of sailing through the French countryside. France Montgolfières offers hour-long flights and has tailored rides for special occasions. You and your guests will receive first-class treatment and a tour of the areas you are gliding across. Various flights can be booked for individuals or group outings, and packages can be made to your exact specifications. 

Festivals & rallies celebrating flight

If floating more than 70 meters above ground isn’t your thing, but you would like to indulge in some hot air balloon culture, plan a visit to one of Europe’s festivals and rallies. 

In France, L’Art de l’Envol, The Art of Flight festival, commemorates the first hot air balloon flight on June 4, 1783. See a palette of color as more than 60 balloons fly overhead, and enjoy some fun French history at this memorable event. And mark your calendar for the Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons festival

The Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta takes place in Leipzig, Germany in the summer. Hundreds of balloons loom in the sky for hours, and you can eat, drink and enjoy the view at the fest tents below. 

These are but a few of the festivals in Europe that celebrate hot air balloon flight. To find more of these exciting events throughout the year, visit The sky is the limit!

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