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    Switzerland is a magnificent yet a mountainous Central European country and it has earned its great reputation owing to its numerous lakes, villages and some of the highest peaks of the Alps. It is home to some fascinating attractions such as Capital Bern’s Zytglogge Clock Tower and Lucerne’s wooden Chapel Bridge. Besides being the pioneer and home to Swiss watches and the hub of banking and finance industries, it is also recognised for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Well, in this article, we would be specifically speaking of hang gliding and by the end of the article, you would be well aware of the hang gliding’s pros and cons, costs and some of the relevant features. To make a note of, hang gliding is to fly using an unpowered flying apparatus consisting of a frame which may be made up of a fabric aerofoil well stretched over it. One of its own kind activity, there are many spots where hang gliding in Switzerland is done and tourists must definitely add them in their list.

    3 Best Spots For Hang Gliding In Switzerland

    Here is a list of the best places to go for hang gliding in Switzerland which one cannot miss. These places are definitely an add on for the people who have a soft corner for adventure.

    1. Interlaken District
    2. Ebenalp
    3. Oberland

    1. Interlaken District

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    Nothing seems to be more perfect than going hang gliding in Interlaken with a professional pilot. You can certainly witness the very fascinating rugged peaks and Alpine lakes from the air which is well resting of the Jungfrau region. It is usually a 1.5-hour hang gliding tour which includes the pickup/drop-off facility to-from your hotel in Interlaken. Let alone, it also includes a pre-flight training session and offers a voucher for a post-flight drink.

    Once you have picked up from your very Interlaken hotel, you would be travelling into the countryside heading towards the launch spot. Once you reach your destination, you need to walk towards the take-off area where the instructor will be waiting for you to feed you with the required safety briefing and instructions and you may learn some basic hang-gliding skills before you take off. It does include how to soar and spin and learn about wing-overs and stalling. Once the learning session is over, in no time you will find yourselves strap into the hang glider right along your instructor who shall take you to the skies. Once you are up there, cast your eyes down and witness the sweeping views of the Alps with its meadows, lakes and the mighty mountains. For you to cherish these heart-warming memories shortly, all the current actions are being captured on camera which you can buy as a souvenir video or photo after landing. Once you land, receive your Certificate of Insanity and a drink voucher hence you may celebrate your adventurous victory than after. Once all of this is completed, you will be dropped off at your Interlaken hotel.

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    Things To Remember:

    Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking followed by subject to availability. Make sure to mention your preferred departure time and remember that this specific experience has a crucial requirement of good weather. Unfortunately, if it is cancelled due to poor weather then you will be offered a different date or a full refund depending on the terms and conditions and the precise reason for the cancellation. If you are cancelling it for any given reasons then make sure you do it 24 hours in advance of the start date of the said experience to avail a full refund.

    Price: INR 17,500/- and above

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    2. Ebenalp

     scenic and picturesque views ‘Ebenalp’

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    Owing to its optimal location and amazing thermal, the queen of scenic and picturesque views ‘Ebenalp’ has now become a highly popular and widely visited spot for hang gliders. It is without a doubt simply perfect and utmost suitable for flying however only a short flight is said to be required for reaching an altitude which is known to be ideal for individual training or to enjoy the unpowered flight.

    Hang gliding here would be a dream come true for extreme enthusiasts as it is certainly a great way to experience an enthralling world in quite a different dimension. Flying above such heart-warming location offering such scenic views and those panoramic scenes of the mighty mountain landscape below are truly worth beholding. Anyone and everyone is welcome here to experience hang gliding in a very unique manner and besides experienced individuals, several newbies are spotted here who are in their pursuit to gain some thrilling experience to cherish later.

    Things To Remember:

    North East to East winds is extremely dangerous and for experienced pilots, there is an opportunity to spot a great gliding zone with a maximum height of 4600 m above sea level.

    Price: INR 14,000/- and above

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    3. Oberland

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    This is an unsaid truth that nowhere in the world offers the views of the mountains and lakes as beautiful as Oberland. For those seeking to try and experience hang gliding then several experienced hang glider pilots would be helping and instructing you during your flights. It takes a good hour or two to complete the hang-gliding trip and while you are flying up in the sky, there are so many things to witness which you didn’t have ever seen before. The views from above will make you believe that how beautiful and heavenly our mother nature could be and its beauty in diversity is worth viewing and beholding those sight for a lifetime.

    Things To Remember:

    Make sure to book your pass accordingly as the bookings are completely subject to availability. If for any given reasons you need to cancel your trip then it’s very important to follow the cancellation norms and procedure and make sure to do the needful within or before the cancellation cut off-limit to avail full or any given refund as per the company’s terms and conditions and the set policies. Be careful and cautious during the briefing session which will be conducted by the instructors as it will inform and pass on the awareness about dos and don’ts while you are flying up in the air using the flying unpowered apparatus.

    Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking followed by subject to availability. Make sure to mention your preferred departure time and remember that this specific experience has a crucial requirement of good weather. Unfortunately, if it is cancelled due to poor weather then you will be offered a different date or a full refund depending on the terms and conditions and the precise reason for the cancellation. If you are cancelling it for any given reasons then make sure you do it 24 hours in advance of the start date of the said experience to avail a full refund.

    Price: INR 12000/- and above

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    Isn’t this exciting? Hang gliding is one of the adventure activities which cannot be seen usually. So if you’re willing to enjoy a great time in Switzerland, then don’t miss the chance to experience this extraordinary this activity which will definitely give an adrenaline rush. Now when you plan a vacation in Switzerland, trying out this activity should definitely be on the list.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Hang Gliding In Switzerland 

    Q) What is hang gliding?

    A) Hang gliding is basically a sports adventure to fly using an unpowered flying apparatus and it is mostly accompanied by well-trained trainers or instructors.

    Q) Which are the famous places known for hang gliding?

    A) Out of several places, Interlaken District and Ebenalp have certainly earned their recognition in the field of hang gliding owing to its amazing and distinguishing features and some remarkable services let alone the fascinating scenic views witness from above.

    Q) What is the famous yet affordable spot for hang gliding?

    A) Oberland is well known to offer a great experience for hang gliding junkies however it is decently affordable comparatively.

    Q) What is the average cost incurred in hang gliding?

    A) An average cost incurred to go for hang gliding would be about $5,500 and the mentioned amount also includes some of the important accessories which are well known to be required for hang gliding

    Q) Is hang gliding safe for beginners?

    A) Hang gliding is known to be safe compared to many other flying sports provided you are well aware of the minimal risks which may come along with this thrilling adventure but with appropriate pre-flight training and by following your instructor’s advice and suggestions, you should be all good and ready to have the best experience of your life.


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