Château-d'Oex Things to Do

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    Breitling Orbiter

    by travelfrosch Updated Nov 13, 2013

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    In the center of town, you will find the gondola for the Breitling Orbiter, the first hot air balloon Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones used in an attempt to circumnavigate the earth in 1997. The 3rd generation of the Breitling Orbiter launched from Chateau d'Oex in 1999, successfully completing their task over Egypt nearly 20 days later. The gondola of the Breitling Orbiter 3 is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. But it is quite fascinating to take a look at the original cabin sitting only a few meters from where it originally launched. You can also visit the Hot Air Balloon Museum for more information (admission CHF 6 per adult, CHF 4 per child over 9, CHF 15 per family. Entrance free with Swiss Pass)

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    Pont Turrian

    by travelfrosch Written Sep 7, 2012

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    On the lower end of town, there's a path that goes past the youth hostel and bends left across a stream. If you continue to follow it, you will come to a small footbridge called Pont Turrian. The area is flat and scenic, and a fine choice for a short walk. Minifrosch enjoyed taking his naps along the trail. There is also a path that winds uphill and ends up by the horse riding school, should you wish to make the walk into a loop

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    Town Stroll

    by travelfrosch Written Aug 5, 2012

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    It can be worth your time just to walk down the main street and take in the surroundings. Enjoy the architecture, surrounding scenery, and peek in at the various specialty shops. We continued until the main street met with the highway, then let Minifrosch do some walking back toward the town center.

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    David Niven's gravestone.

    by angiebabe Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Theres a small cemetary just on the outskirts of town that not only is interesting for the famous actor David Niven who is buried here but also for seeing the styles that the gravestones here range in from really old elaborate or interesting ones to contemporary modern ones.

    There are also plaques and gravestones that refer to those who died because of World War 2 and the Nazi persecution.

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    Hot air balloon museum

    by angiebabe Written Oct 22, 2008

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    This museum is rather excellent! Of course it was particularly fitting to visit while the Hot Air Balloon festival was on but it is open for tourists all the year round.

    Theres loads of info on all sorts of flight records around the world - with names that you might excitedly recognise such as Richard Branson's intrepid journeys and record breaking feats, and failures.

    Up on the hill just below the church on the hill even higher up but in the centre of town.

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    see the sky full of balloons!

    by angiebabe Written Feb 12, 2007

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    Every year in January Chateau D'oex hosts its International Hot Air Balloon Festival which usually runs for a week.
    A programme is available of the schedule - advising of 100 hot air balloons being present for lift off into the skies, who is who of the balloon world present, hot air balloon rides.

    I stayed in the youth hostel and found that theres a group of people who actually return each year to the youth hostel for the balloon week!

    Excellent views were had from the windows of my room in the youth hostel, and then excellent views from the church which sits on a hill in the centre , but above, the town.
    It was an excellent visit - even though bad weather halted the flying of the balloons over the Saturday that i was there for, many of them lifted off on the extra day i had used in Chateau Doex instead in the chance that they would lift off in the morning.

    It turned out the trains back to Basel where i was flying back from Switzerland from to London, are quick and frequent so it was an enjoyable half day photographing the skies adorned with the array of hot air balloons!

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