St. Nicholas Hot Air Balloon Festival 2022

Miklavžev balonarski festival 2022

The Roto balloon club organized the traditional, this time the eleventh St. Nicholas Hot Air Balloon festival, which was attended by ten balloons with crews from Slovenia and Austria.

St. Nicholas Hot Air Balloon Festival 2022

After the successful organization of 24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in September, the sky over Murska Sobota was once again decorated with colorful balloons. Credit goes to the Roto Balloon Club, which has been the organizer of the annual St. Nicholas Hot Air Balloon Festival since 2011 and carefully preserves this tradition.

The balloonists gathered in Polana at Lovenjakov dvor, from where they went to Expano. Favorable weather conditions allowed to fly in the direction of Murska Sobota, over the traditional St. Nicholas fair, where they suprised visitors. A long-standing tradition of hot air balloon flights on St. Nicholas day continues in Murska Sobota and provides a unique way to spice up the events in the festive December. The beginnings of flights over the fair date back to 1997, when Štefan Bertalanič started organizing the St. Nicholas flights.

Murska Sobota will host Hot Air Balloon Open National Championship 2023

Next year, we will be able to admire the colorful balloons over the Pomurje sky again, as the open national championship in hot-air balloon flying will be held in the region along the Murska Sobota. Hot Air Balloon Open National Championship 2023 will be organized by the Roto Balloon Club.

The championship will take place as part of the festival “Soboški dnevi”, between June 22 and 25, 2023. The president of the Roto Balloon Club, Matjaž Pavlinjek, wants Pomurje to be promoted through ballooning. “This was shown at this year’s world championship, where we received only positive responses,” says Pavlinjek, adding that the successful organization of the world championship put Slovenia on the world map of top sports events and ensured the promotion of hot air ballooning. “We have enriched the tourist offer of Murska Sobota and the whole of Pomurje region, and with it the recognition of Slovenia in the world,” concludes Pavlinjek.

Hot Air Balloons in Murska Sobota open season 2022

Novoletni balonarski polet 2022

On January 2, 2022, the pilots of hot air balloons gathered in Murska Sobota and opened the 2022 season with a traditional new year flight.

This year is very important for Slovenian balloonists, as the 24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2022 will take place between 16 and 23 September 2022 in Murska Sobota. Over 150 best balloons will gather at the World Championships, which will cover the beautiful sky over Pomurje Region with colorful balloons.

Photo: Melita Marič

22nd FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship 2021 Szeged Hungary

22. FAI Evropsko prvenstvo v poletih s toplozračnimi baloni Szeged Madžarska

From 12 to 18 September 2021 the 22nd FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship took place in Szeged, Hungary. The European Championship was attended by 81 competing pilots and 19 Fiesta pilots.

The competition was attended by Slovenian pilots Vito Rome, who finished in an excellent 13th place, Jernej Bojanovič, who took 40th place, and Dejan Buzeti, who took 61st place. Radoš Švagelj flew for Slovenia in a special shape hot air balloon “ROTO WWTP”. Congratulations to all participants of the 22nd FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship Szeged 2021.

St. Nicholas Hot Air Balloon Festival

Miklavžev balonarski festival 2019

A number of balloons yet again added some colour to the skies of Murska Sobota on 6th December 2019! They took off in front of Murska Sobota castle and greeted the visitors of the St. Nicholas fair in Murska Sobota – Miklošovo senje v Soboti 2019.

Among the numerous balloons of local clubs and one Austrian club, you could see our Slovenian competitive balloon, Štrkec, which represented our colours and reminded us of what we’re looking forward to next year.