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Comments (8)

vanda lagarto on March 13, 2009

It's a nice foto

Ania Alonso on April 14, 2009

What it is? An observation balloon? Hot-air?

Mingo on April 25, 2009

Yes! Than you can have a look over Brussels...

Hans Sterkendries on December 2, 2009

Hi Ania, Hi Mingo

It's actually not a hot-air balloon; it's a so-called "cable balloon".

Cable balloons are filled with ultralight gas and attached to a cable that allows the ballon to be pulled to the ground.

This was indeed an observation balloon, offering visitors the rare opportunity to see Brussels from above. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 2005 by heavy snowfall...

Best regards - Hans

Mingo on December 30, 2009

C'est dommage, mais voilà... A cette date, c'était bien un ballon pour voir BXL d'en haut! Merci pour ton com, Hans!

Clauzi on November 19, 2011

This balloon was a very nice experience! Some people liked it very much, other were completely scared being in the sky attached to earth with only a thiny cable! It was very disapointing at the end of the commercial contract, when they decided not to renew it! I couldn't understand it as it was quite expensive to enjoy that balloon in the air! Crazy commercial world!

Hans Sterkendries on November 19, 2011

Hi Clauzi, thank your for your visit and your comment. I also enjoyed the balloon but it fact it was not (only) a commercial decision to stop this attraction: the balloon was damaged by snow and launching a new one would have cost too much...

Best regards from Belgium - Hans

Clauzi on May 23, 2013

Thank you too for this precision Hans. Clauzi

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