Château-d’Oex is famous the world over for its International Balloon Festival. Weather permitting, why not take advantage? Then it would be your turn to soar, weightless and free and to marvel at the spectacular landscape from a spectacular perspective.
Take to the air in a hot-air balloon. The experience begins in Château-d’Oex with the inflating of the balloon, and already you’re caught up in something magical. No sooner have you clambered into the basket than you’re soaring to an altitude of 2,500 to 3,500 metres. As the ground shrinks, a vast, 360° panorama spreads across the valley and surrounding peaks. Your adventure bumps to an end an hour later, followed by the award of your flight certificate and a restorative glass of white wine. Château-d’Oex earned a place in history thanks to Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones who, in 1999, set off from there on the first successful non-stop balloon flight around the world — a fitting consecration for the village that has hosted its International Balloon Festival since 1979.