12 Places For Hot Air Balloon Ride in Europe For A Scenic View
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Best Hot Air Ballooning Experiences
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Places for Hot Air Balloon Rides in Europe

1. Cappadocia
2. Spain
3. Lithuania
4. Italy
5. Hungary
6. Switzerland
7. Netherlands
8. Sweden
9. Copenhagen
10. Ukraine
11. Austria
12. Stockholm

Europe is filled with stunning landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to azure blue lakes that put colors to shame. Embark on a breathtaking journey with customized Europe holiday packages. The architecture in Europe contributes to its tourism industry to such a massive extent that tourists flock to this continent 365 days of the year. On a trip to Turkey, an aerial view of the best places for a hot air balloon ride in Europe from Cappadocia’s fairy-chimney rock formations to Sweden’s Northern Lights, anything in just one ride. Here’s a list of the best places to hot air balloon in Europe.

Here is the list of best places for hot air ballooning rides in Europe:

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Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is considered one of the best places for hot air balloon ride in Europe with this town running an average of about 200-300 rides a year. Its fairy-chimney-like rock formations or upside down ice-cream cones structures make it look like a fairytale come true experience.

The view of orchards, rocks and valleys from up in the sky is phenomenal and shouldn’t be missed at all. Moreover, the balloons here are allowed to descend at any given point during the ride which makes it all the more exciting for the ride-takers.


Spain with its Gothic style architecture is reputed as one of the best places to hot air balloon in Europe as it goes over the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia covering landscapes from sandy beaches to majestic buildings

There is also a UNESCO world heritage site located in Segovia from where you can take a bird’s eye-view of stunning vineyards. This ride also lets you enjoy some snacks and wine on the ride which is not possible on various other rides.


Fly from the center of the city, right in the old town called Vilnius and soar above buildings that have a baroque architectural style making it a memorable memory.

This experience of flying in the middle of the city makes it one of the best places for a hot air balloon ride in Europe. It also lets visitors choose an option of where they would like to fly towards which lets them plan their itinerary accordingly. You can admire the beauty of Lake Galve’s Islands and the lush greenery that surrounds it. Or delve into the shorelines of Vilnius that make for breathtaking views.

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It’s one of the best places for a hot air balloon ride in Europe that offers delicious food, while letting you enjoy pleasant weather and the views of  majestic landscapes.

The hot air balloon ride lets you take trips over cities like Tuscany, Milan, Lazio, Barolo and even Rome. The most famous views are that of San Casciano in Val Di Pesa from so many meters above in the air are considered spectacular.This mix of modern rides and old architecture makes for a lovely experience that people remember for a lifetime.


Fly over Lake Balaton which is an incredibly famous wine growing region as well as the National Park of Kis-Balaton and immerse yourself in this wonderful experience of flying over distinct landscapes.

The extinct volcanoes of North Balaton and the gently rolling hills of Zala will make you forget all about your worries and transcend you to a space of quietness and solitude that you wouldn’t have experienced before.


This land is home to many balloon companies and thus would arrange for a fantastic ride. The most famous one being is a balloon ride in Gstaad where you get to fly above the Swiss Plateau, the Jura Mountains and even the scaling Alps.

Gstaad is also the host venue of the International Balloon Festival in Swiss Alps which is marvelous to witness as the land is covered by snow and flying above the clouds makes you feel immersed with them.


The Netherlands is one of the Best places to Hot air balloon in Europe. Situated half an hour’s distance away from the hustle bustle of Amsterdam where the departure timing is late afternoon so that you can see the diverse landscape in clarity. It’s filled with a wide range of natural beauty with calm and wide open spaces for heather fields and dense forests. During this 3 hour ride, as you cross a forest, you might even spot some wild animals like deers and bears.


Northern Lights and Sweden go hand-in-hand and this ride offers you that. Situated in the Swedish Lapland and floating in the Arctic Night Sky at 130 feet with a plan that lands about 4 days and a 3 night skies itinerary.

 The purple sky looks like wallpaper with the stars looking like glitter on that backdrop. One is anchored to 40 meters in the air while simultaneously being anchored to the Arctic Ice on the ground making a memory that lasts a lifetime.


This Denmark city offers you the opportunity of floating quietly through the sky and lets you immerse yourself in the experience of flying over breweries making it one of the best places to hot air balloon in Europe.

The rides here only run until the end of autumn season and thus, soaring over canals, food and gardens makes for one of the best places to hot air balloon in Europe.


With a rich history in cultural and architectural monuments, this unique landscape with an ancient medieval fortress makes for one of the best places to hot air balloon in Europe.

It also provides a very unique opportunity of riding in Canyon under a bridge called ‘Running Fallow deer’ over the Smotrycz river. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to leave you mesmerized for eons to come.


This ride is available only in the city of Salzburg with such a diverse landscape that you get the views of mountains, valleys, rivers and even lakes. This ride takes place during the Winter Season, in the middle of the mountain range, the Alps.

At a height of about  3000 m above the sea-level, some people make this ride memorable by proposing to their partners in the air and celebrating it with wine. All of this is what makes it one of the best places to go hot air balloons in Europe.


This archipelago of islands takes you over Lake Malaren and also offers varieties of hot air balloons. From 2 people to 22 people can go in a single basket with an average being that of 6-12 people.

You fly over treetops and rooftops making this entire experience of a hot air balloon ride in Europe very quiet, peaceful, romantic, uplifting and safe.

People Also Ask About Cappadocia

  1. What is the best time to go by Hot air balloon in Europe?

    The months from April to October are considered the best time to opt for hot air ballooning in Europe with blue skies, light winds and little to no rain.

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  2. How long does it take to go around the world in a hot air balloon?

    A record that has been set by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones is covering a distance of 46,759 kilometers in a span of 19 days, 21 hours and 51 minutes and that's how long it would take to go around the world in a hot air balloon.
  3. What are the passenger limits for hot air ballooning in Europe?

    It’s said that in a standard average sized balloon around 6-8 people can be seated along with the pilot. Moreover, one of the best places for Hot air balloon ride in Europe is wherever you decide as it’s filled with destinations for the same.
  4. How to Dress for Hot air ballooning?

    There are innumerable best places for a hot air balloon in Europe and when going for the best, it only makes sense to dress up for the same too. For starters, wear layers, sport sturdy shoes, carry your sunscreen, moisturizers and sunglasses without fail.
  5. What are the things to keep in mind while going for a hot air balloon?

    1. Timings: Keep in mind the timings that you have been allotted and whether it’s a sunrise ride or a sunset ride. Check the A.M. or P.M. written on your tickets and make sure to be ready, preferably before time and leave accordingly.
    2. Bookings: Don’t make the mistake of not booking your tickets in advance and procrastinating till the last minute to do the same. Due to the weather conditions, you might or might not get the tickets and thus, it’s pretty dicey. But, in case of an advance booking, you usually get a refund or it gets postponed to a later date.
    3. Pack accordingly: Check the weather forecast, download an application for the same and pack accordingly. If you’re going in the summer season, then carry sunglasses, a hat and even a shrug or something. Whereas, in winters, carry tactile gloves and wear boots and coats.

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