In the Pays-d'Enhaut, in the heart of the Vaud Alps, Château-d'Oex enjoys a favourable climate, earning it the title of hot air balloon capital. The station organizes the International Balloon Festival and tells the story of the balloonists at the Espace Ballon, a fun place located in the centre of the village.
The Espace Ballon was built in the former Town Hall, a historic building located in the heart of the village. There is a reception area entirely dedicated to friendly activities, services and practical issues related to the balloon. A shop is also available for visitors.
On the upper floor, an exhibition, with a high-quality multimedia support, presents the hot-air balloon from every angle: history, invention, technology, adventure, nothing has been neglected to restore the wonderful world of balloonists.
A stone's throw from the hot air balloon take-off site, visitors can admire the capsule of the first test flight of the Breitling Orbiter's round-the-world flight. In 1999, the third attempt at a round-the-world trip was the right one for Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, both well known in the resort.
Museum member of the Association des Musées en Gruyère
From May 21, 2020 To Jun 30, 2020
COVID-19: Reopening of the Espace Ballon on Thursday, May 21th
Annual closing: from 1st to 30th November