The Ballon de Paris is a 32-meter-tall helium-filled balloon you can see from south of Paris and open to the public for children’s greatest joy and adults’ amazement.
Forget about the hot-air balloon or detached airship flying over Paris from A to B, the Ballon de Paris stays connected to the ground by a cable. This balloon, entirely closed and non-polluting, is filled with 6,000 cubic meters of helium and does not consume more than a lift does.
Able to take up to 30 adults or 60 children, it is connected to the ground by a 150-meter (492ft) cable and works as a silent lift, propelled by the helium lightness. Watching the balloon going up and down from the land is already a show in itself for kids.
The ascent is impressive: the balloon quickly rises in the sky, without any noise. The relatively stable basket lightly swings. Very fast, one is surrounded by the void and feels like flying. The 150-meter altitude serves unobstructed views on Paris, and especially on the Eiffel Tower, this is the occasion to discover or rediscover the main monuments of the city. The flight lasts about 10 minutes.
Then, it is time to take your camera out and take beautiful pictures from these incredible views on the city. For more safety, think about getting a strap, one never knows what will happen.
Transformed into an air quality indicator in 2008 and in 2013 again when renamed “Observatoire atmosphérique Generali” or “Generali’s Atmospheric Observatory”; in 2018, the balloon changes again and gets all white and now enjoys a self-cleaning system. Today the Ballon Generali enables to assess the rate of fine particles in the Parisian skies.
Once the flight over, you can enjoy the 14 hectares of the Parc André Citroën to take a walk. Built over former Citroën factories and achieved in 1990, this is a very modern park. Very geometrical, very structured, it involves several gardens. Do not forget to visit the greenhouse and plants from Australia and New Zealand.
In the event of very hot weather, the keepers sometime allow children to enjoy the many water splashes to cool off.
And the good deal is riding the Ballon de Paris is free of charge for Parisians under the age of 12 upon presentation of proof of address and age. Note it requires one adult for two non-paying children at maximum.
The Ballon is open to rides every day of the year, from 9 a.m. up to 30 minutes before the park closes. The balloon capacity being limited to 30 people every 15 minutes, you may have to wait a little. Furthermore, the balloon ride depends on the weather. Please check Ballon de Paris official website or call +33 (0)1 44 26 20 00 to check if flights are maintained.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 24 May 2022
Parc André Citroën
Rue de la Montagne de la Fage
75015 Paris 15
Moins de 3 ans: Free
Pour les enfants parisiens de - 12 ans sur justificatif : Free
Personnes en situation de Handicap: €6 - €11.5
3/11 ans: €8
Tous les jours à partir de 9H jusqu'à 30 minutes avant la fermeture du parc.