TETHERED HELIUM BALLOON INTERLAKEN 2017

The new attraction in Interlaken: A captivating balloon ride in the centre of Interlaken - unique in Switzerland.

With the tethered balloon, Interlaken will be richer with a new attraction. The "Soft Adventure" product not only extends Interlaken's diverse leisure and tourism offer, but also broadens Outdoor Interlaken^s portfolio.

The captivating balloon, which is unique in Switzerland, offers visitors a breath-taking view of lakes Thun and Brienz, some of the landmarks of Interlaken, the Höhenmatte and Harder Kulm, as well as the backbone of the Alps with the Jungfrau mountain panorama. The balloon is filled with non-flammable, non-explosive helium, rises to a height of 150 meters on a steel cable and is brought back to the ground by an electric winch. The duration of the flight is approximately 20-25 minutes and operates all year. The passenger gondola can accommodate up to 30 passengers and also caters for wheelchair access. Depending on the weather, the balloon will operate about 200 days per year and is manned with a pilot and special trained personnel.

The vision of the site is to create an oasis of tranquillity embedded within nature. Accordingly, the entire balloon area is designed with lots of green and wood.


PLANNING AND REALIZATION

The operation of the tethered balloon is scheduled in late Autumn 2017 and will depend on the release of construction permission by the authorities.  The site is based at the Des Alpes Area, which is one of the prime locations in Interlaken and is in walking distance to the main shopping mile, the ‘famous’ Höheweg.


FACTS ABOUT THE TETHERED BALLOON AND ITS INSTALLATION

  • No noise emissions
  • Helium filled, non-combustible, non-explosive, non-toxic
  • Use of environmentally friendly materials such as wood and pebbles and preservation of the large green areas 
  • The gondola can accommodate up to 30 people per trip
  • Duration per flight about 20-25 minutes
  • The tethered balloon will operate around 200 flight days per annum over a 5-year period, which corresponds to an operational capacity of 50-60% over 365 days
  • Located in the middle of the city and in the immediate vicinity of the main shopping street Höhenweg
  • Planned launch: Autumn 2017
  • Manufacturer of the balloon: Aerophile, international market leader for gas-filled balloons since 1993 with customers such as Petit Prince Parc in France etc.
  • Investment: approx. CHF 1.2 million

SAFETY

Outdoor Interlaken has made extensive preliminary clarifications together with the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). The tethered balloon is a registered aircraft with an HB number and must meet the strict safety requirements of the authorities.

The Pilot is certified and the ground personal are specially trained to meet with all safety requirements.

Furthermore, Outdoor Interlaken AG is certified by the "Safety in Adventures" label and risk management is reviewed annually by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SGS).


Contact

Communications & Sponsoring: Vivienne Heering |phone: +41 (0) 33 826 77 19 | email: vivienne.heering@outdoor-interlaken.ch