In 2022, the City Park was enriched with a spectacular new feature. Thanks to the Liget Budapest Project, an attraction that enjoyed great popularity more than 120 years ago, the Balloon has returned to the park. This centuries-old tradition was revived during the renovation of the part of the park known as Mimosa Hill, where a gas balloon, fixed to the ground, was installed and rises into the air on a regular schedule. With 15 passengers and a pilot on board, it reaches a height of up to 150 metres, offering a spectacular view of the City Park and the capital.

A revived tradition of the City Park

The establishment of the airship as a lookout point was part of a landscape architecture competition for the overall renewal of the park, launched by Garten Studio in 2016, inspired by the concept of the City Park's designer Heinrich Nebbien. The area known today as Mimosa Hill (near the juncktion of Hermina road and Kós Károly promenade) was created by the design genius of Nebbien, who wanted to preserve the natural elevation of the park's eastern boundary, transforming it into a viewing platform from which the beauty of the park could be appreciated. Over the decades, this area has lost its function as a lookout, but now the BalloonFly recalls this vision of Nebbien and commemorates the two centuries-old and extremely popular tradition of the park and its aerial displays and attractions. In the Városliget, where green recreation and a multitude of cultural and recreational institutions have been equally present in the life of the park for more than a century, they together give the character and attraction that have made and continue to make the Liget the most popular park in the capital. The most photographed of the balloons soaring over the City Park, the iconic structure was the Ballon Captif, during the Millennium celebrations at the City Park Millennium Exhibition in 1896. Operated by Parisian balloonist Captain Louis Godard, the balloon was so popular, carrying 12 to 14 passengers at a time, and was launched dozens of times a day. The revival and realisation of this balloon display as part of the Liget Budapest Project fits in perfectly with the programme of the park's modern take on tradition.

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Goodbye, fear of heights!

The BalloonFly is a helium gas-filled balloon fixed to the ground, which will effectively act as an open-air lift, so it will not leave its landing and take-off point, Mimosa Hill. The balloon will reach its maximum altitude of 150 metres in about five minutes, spend the same amount of time in the air and return to the surface in five minutes. From this height, visitors can admire the whole of Budapest and its surroundings from a bird's eye view on a clear day. The deck can carry up to 30 passengers, with an age limit of 6 years and over, and young and old alike can enjoy the thrill of flying. The shape and colour scheme of the balloon, like its little brother on the Main Playground of the City Park, will be reminiscent of Merse Pál Színei's painting The Balloon.

Safety first

The BalloonFly is completely safe to use and has been designed with safety in mind, so that all its components comply with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) standards.The system is equipped with wind speed and direction indicators, an ambient temperature gauge, a dome pressure indicator and a filling gas temperature gauge, and the ship will only ascend in the right weather conditions.Its operation is also ensured from an electrical mains connection, but it also has a separate generator. The air unit to be installed is equipped with lighting and signalling lights in accordance with the aviation safety regulations in force in Hungary. The balloon is based on the Aero30NG system, which is currently one of the most widely used and safest gas balloon launch systems in the world. Several popular foreign theme parks (e.g. Disneyland-Paris; Safari Park-San Diego; Angkor Vat) also operate this type of balloon launch system. The Ballon de Paris Generali in Paris has served as an important model for the Ballon de Paris in the Lille, which since 1999 has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists, especially children. The Paris Gas Balloon, which is environmentally friendly and noiseless, is now considered part of Paris, has lifted millions of passengers into the air since 1999 and has become an important symbol of the city. A spectacle like the Balloon Observatory operates in 28 countries around the world, from the United States to Berlin, from Paris to Singapore.

BalloonFly gift voucher

You can now buy tickets for the ballooning experience online at by purchasing a BalloonFly voucher. 


The voucher can be redeemed at the BalloonFly cash desk during BalloonFly opening hours for 6 months from the date of purchase.You will be invited to the balloon for the trip based on your serial number. As our activities are highly dependent on the weather, please check our website for opening hours!

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