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We go up 150 metres above the city
with the Paris Balloon!

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We never miss an occasion to get a high up view of Paris and see the city in a different way.

In the André-Citroën park, on the Left Bank not far from our hotels, it’s possible to take a ride on the Ballon de Paris and enjoy views unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Here’s all the info.

Le ballon de Paris

photos: JasonW

If you think Paris is a beautiful city (we agree, of course) wait until you see it from above. The capital has plenty of places where you can get a good view across the city, revealing the rooftops and green spaces (for example, the Montparnasse Tower, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower of course, the Arc de Triomphe, the Tour Saint-Jacques

However, if you don’t fancy walking up hundreds of stairs, or get claustrophobic in lifts, the Ballon de Paris (Paris Balloon) is perhaps for you.

We saw it from afar last summer while exploring the Petite Ceinture (the old railway that went round Paris) and this time we were really looking forward to taking a trip up in it (the balloon is tethered and goes up and down, not across Paris!). Also, the weather was glorious the day of our visit.

You’ll find the balloon here in the André-Citroën park, and you’ll first need to go to the little wooden house nearby to by your ticket. Here, there’s also a short explanation (translated into English) about how the balloon works, and the ecological side f the project – it samples the air pollution daily and informs the population.
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The time had come to get in the balloon, or rather under it, protected by a net, and very soon we were rising into the air.

The view starts to stretch out. We’re not far from the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne. Even the business district of La Défense seems close by. These are views of Paris that it’s impossible to get from anywhere else, and soon the graphic layout of the André-Citroën park itself becomes clear.

And again – what a great day for a balloon ride!

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The Ballon de Paris (here) is open every day from 9am until 30 minutes before the park closes (check out the opening hours here)

Can be closed if the weather is inclement

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To check out all our photos of the Ballon de Paris, click here.

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