Up, up and away. Where you go, nobody knows. When it comes to hot air ballooning, the journey is as important as the destination. One thing is for sure: the views will take your breath away.
It is an incredible moment when the balloon fills with hot air and the wicker basket slowly begins to lose contact with the ground. Adrenaline and endorphines rush through your body. When the burner falls silent, all you can hear is the sound of silence. The horizon grows larger; one mountain chain appears, then another, then another. Finally, you are surrounded by a panorama unlike any visible from Earth. Hot air balloon rides in Tirol are a truly unforgettable experience. The region's ballooning centres offer everything from a one-hour jaunt to a full transalpine adventure down to Italy. In winter you can enjoy the snowy peaks stretching into the distance, while in summer the lush green meadows give way to craggy rock faces and icy glaciers. Tirol hosts several international hot air balloon festivals each year, when the deep blue sky is dotted with hundreds of brightly coloured balloons slowly rising up towards the sun.