AROUND SLOVAKIA: BRATISLAVA

Capital holds first hot-air balloon fiesta

THE SKY over Bratislava Castle lit up with 11 hot-air balloons during the capital's first international balloon fiesta on May 3, the Aktualne.sk website reported.

Balloons filled the night sky over Bratislava on May 3.Balloons filled the night sky over Bratislava on May 3. (Source: ČTK)

THE SKY over Bratislava Castle lit up with 11 hot-air balloons during the capital's first international balloon fiesta on May 3, the Aktualne.sk website reported.

A ride in one of the balloons, which ranged in capacity from 2,000-6,000 cubic metres, cost Sk5,000.
The fiesta was originally supposed to begin on the evening of April 30, but unfavourable weather conditions caused pilots to put it off.

The path was changed from a take-off near the Bratislava crematorium to the Danube embankment.
"Pilots took off in Lamač, flew over Bratislava Castle, and most of them landed in Borinka," Ingrid Blichová from ADS Ballooning said.

The fiesta included teams from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Russia, and Ukraine.

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