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July 28-31: hot air balloons festival in Leipzig

This summer 2011 Leipzig renews its annual appointment with Heißluftballone, hot air balloons, at the Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta. For four days the sky around the beautiful Saxonian city will fill up with over 60 balloons from all over Europe. The more daring visitors can also book a tour of the city’s rooftops.


As every year, in late July, the sky around Leipzig will be filled up with the colors of balloons raised by the heat of a fire placed in the engines. Not just hot air balloons, but also airships, all for a unique attraction in Europe.

The Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta is a magical moment for the city, but also great fun. In the takeoff and landing site of the balloons, will be held a great party, with food and wine stands and stages with performing bands and artists. On the ground, the festival starts in the evening and continues until late at night.

In the days of the event you can book a hot air balloon ride over the city. To enjoy this experience, children must be at least 13 years old and they must be higher than 1 meter and 30 cm; pregnant women or people under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not permitted to take balloon rides. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, long pants and a sweater.

One of the most stunning moments of the celebration is the evening, when the engine flashes light the big balloons, which look like giant light bulbs repetitively turned on and off for a few seconds. Of course, the last day, at the end of party, do not miss the traditional appointment with the fireworks show.

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