As soon as the weather gets warmer, Vilnius begins its hot air balloon season. Over the years, hot air balloons have become a real Vilnius signature trait. Here’s where you can go to see the balloons take off, or book a ride on one.
Vilnius is unique among European capitals because hot air balloons can drift right over central town. Typically, their journey starts in one of the spots close to the Old Town so that, depending on the wind direction that day, they’d float over the historic centre and off towards the horizon.
Three spots make for excellent starting points:
Take-off times and places are no secret – you’ll find them listed on Facebook by companies that operate the hot air balloons (see next chapter).
If you’re interested in taking a ride on a hot air balloon, there’s no special preparation needed, other than charging your camera. The crews are knowledgeable and will guide you through the entire preparation process, as well as give you precise directions on finding the take-off spot, or even take you there by car.
Several companies offer hot air balloon rides in Vilnius and you’ll find them all listed here.
Typically, the price per person hovers around EUR 100, but there are occasional special offers and last-minute deals. For more information, simply contact one of the hot air balloon operators, who all have English-speaking staff.