The sky’s the limit for capital’s latest tourist attraction

J’lem municipality approves ‘Earth observation balloon’ to provide spectacular views of city.

By
July 14, 2013 17:51
1 minute read.
ARTIST’S RENDERING of the helium-powered balloon scheduled to provide visitors with bird’s eye view

air balloon in jerusalem 370. (photo credit: Courtesy of GPO)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Jerusalem Municipality approved the acquisition and operation of an “Earth observation balloon,” that would provide up to 30 people of all ages with 360-degree views of the capital 150 meters in the air.

Operation of the balloon – powered by helium gas, which is environmentally friendly and not explosive or flammable – will comply with the strictest international standards, according to the municipality.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat noted Sunday that such attractions are held in numerous cities across the world, adding that all people, including children, will be invited to ride in the family-friendly balloon, to be set up next to Railroad Park.

“When the balloon is in the air it will be possible to see the beauty of Jerusalem not only from below, but also from above,” said Barkat in a statement.

Jeremy Marks, who initiated the project, said he has high hopes for the balloon, scheduled to go up every 15 minutes.

“Visitors will be able to fulfill a 2,000-year-old dream and see Jerusalem’s spectacular landscape with a heavenly bird’s eye view,” he said.

In addition to a site being constructed to operate the balloon, the municipality approved an expansion plan for the surrounding area to encourage cultural activities, commerce and recreation.



Two buildings situated along the rail park once used for railway kiosks and commercial activity will be transformed into a visitor’s center, and a historic locomotive shed will be restored, the municipality said.

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF