A Hot Air Balloon Festival in Međimurje

The north bank of the Drava River near Prelog will host a Hot Air Balloon Festival throughout the first weekend in September. Giant Balloons will fly over the river Drava and the town of Prelog over Međimurje county and claim the skies.

Hot Air Balloon - photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon – photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

Giant hot air balloons are coming to Prelog

“We expect between 10 and 15 balloons and many educational and exciting workshops. We have secured free spots for lifting the public in an anchored flight to 15 height meters. The flight takes a couple of minutes, and we will have around 300 lift-offs over the three days, “said Ljubomir Kolarek, mayor of Prelog.

Hot Air Balloon - photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon – photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

“Hot air balloons are one of the biggest air attractions; as a club for the past 30 years, we’ve been organizing various events and festivals all over Croatia. Having one organized in Prelog is exciting and original, “said Igor Mikloušić, air baron and a representative of the Festival. “The Festival will be international with many pilots and partners coming in from Czechia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Croatia. We also have a team from Brasil that’ll make this Festival intercontinental and even better! “

Hot Air Balloon - photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon – photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

It’s a challenging event, an international aero meeting (under special regulations), expecting several thousand visitors.

” We added a Picnic on the water, many educational, science, and popular workshops, and musical part of the Festival. A scientist, Ante Radonić, will join us and have us look to the skies after dark with his lecture, “said Krešo Biškup, one of the organizers. “Balloons lift off at dawn and around sunset, so we will have brunch and coffee mornings at the river Drava banks. Visitors can enjoy a cup of something hot or cold, set up the picnic blanket and then stay and watch attractive hot air balloons! “

Hot Air Balloon - photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon – photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

Friday and Saturday will feature a night spectacle

Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

“Night – Glow is a beautiful part of the Festival. All balloons are tethered, ready to take off, but we’re staying and starting the light show with balloons lighting up as colossal light bulbs. It’s something you just have to see, “said Igor Mikloušić. “That’s why we’re calling all of you to come to the Festival. Come join us at the Marina for a picnic, walk, relax, enjoy the sights, and have the best time in Prelog! “

The program will be out soon, but everything starts on Friday, September 2nd, with the Festival’s opening, and ends on a Sunday afternoon two days later. 

Hot Air Balloon - photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia
Hot Air Balloon – photo credit by Hot Air Balloon festival in Prelog Croatia

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