Ballooning at Lake Achensee

Ballooning at Lake Achensee

Auf der Suche nach einem geeigneten Landeplatz © Reinhard Holy

Up, up and away!
Summer or winter, a hot-air balloon ride in the Achensee region is always spectacular. In winter, the crystal clear mountain air provides incredible vistas, and in summer passengers get to enjoy magical moments when the first rays of sunshine touch the mountain tops. In both seasons, a balloon ride is an exhilarating experience, whether you go on your own or with friends.

Ballooning – in harmony with nature
Already during the ascent you can discover many things that you might otherwise fail to notice. In the Achental valley, the meadows are covered with morning dew. Chamois can be watched grazing from the air, undisturbed by human presence. Finally, Lake Achensee comes into view you as you take life higher in your airborne adventure.

A hot-air balloon cannot be steered and only travels as fast as the wind blows. This is why you never know where exactly the balloon ride will take you. Pilot Andy Nairz explains this unique feature: “Ballooning is probably the last adventure of our time. Today, people always want to plan everything in advance and in full detail. This is not possible with ballooning. Of course, we plan our approximate destination according to the weather and wind direction. But even during the flight we don’t know where we will end up!”

When nature plays the star role
The hot-air balloon takes you far away from your busy day-to-day routine. As you float towards the Inntal valley or towards Germany you get to soak up the incredible vistas. “The clear blue sky and the fresh air let you discover the beauty of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains. When nature plays the star role and we step away from the stresses of everyday life, we realize that for a short time we are in a different world. Back on the ground you can feel the difference. This difference is what I call freedom”, Nairz concludes.

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