Croatia hot air balloon rally

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Get ready for the weekend full of excitement and surprises, because from April 28th to May 1st the sky above Zagorje will be full of hot air balloons.


Croatia Hot Air Balloon Rally, organized by the Zagreb Balloon Club, is a balloon event with the longest tradition in this part of Europe. This year Krapina-Zagorje airport near Zabok will host 15 teams from all over the world, along with unforgettable balloon scenes, balloon races and a great program for all visitors. Among the top teams from the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia and of course Croatia, rally will also feature former world champion, French pilot Francois Messines and United States representative Harold Cliver. Additionally, a Croatian representative of hot air balloon flights and the first female pilot of the solar balloon, Marija Petrić Mikloušić, will also be part of the event and fly with the balloon of the Tourist Board of the Krapina-Zagorje County, the popular "Zagorac". This is the balloon in which Zagreb Balloon Club team, at the beginning of the month, along with 88 balloon crews from all over Europe, participated in the most numerous overflight across La Manche and broke the Guinness World Record.

Balloon riders will try their flying skills over the hills of Zagorje in four days of rally, and all visitors will be witnessing fascinating scenes of massive take-offs, exciting balloon competitions, magic of the night and art performances with balloons that they have never seen before. In addition, there is a full-day program of a small school of ballooning in which you are able to walk the balloon dome, enter the balloon basket and take part in the balloon contest, along with Zagreb Baloon Club volunteers. Afternoon take-offs, competitions, magic nights and performance with balloons will be followed by a music program and gastro offer.

The morning flights start from 7 A.M. and the afternoon program begins at 4:30 P.M. with a small school of ballooning, walk through the balloon, music program and gastronomic offer. Balloons soar and the exciting race starts at 5 P.M. On Saturday and Sunday at 8 P.M. there is also a night spectacle of illumination with the musical background and performance of the Traumatic Arts acrobatic group. Take your blanket and a picnic basket and join us at Krapina-Zagorje airport near Zabok at this fantastic event.

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