Why You Should Add Paragliding to Your Bucket List

A few weeks before I left for my Austria trip, I was searching for activities to do in the Salzburg area online. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a company called Fly Tandem, a paragliding company. I had never considered paragliding before, but the pictures and videos on their website had me convinced I should try it. After all, I had to make sure I had something neat to blog about, right?

Fly Tandem has more than one location that you can paraglide from in Austria, but since we were staying in Salzburg, we stayed local and went to Mount Gaisberg. You will get excellent views of Salzburg and beautiful mountain scenery from this location. There is also a restaurant up there, you can dine before your paragliding adventure or just eat there for a nice view!

My paragliding pilot was named Mani and he was awesome! He made sure I was comfortable, safe, and that all my questions were answered before we took off. As we walked up to the edge of the cliff that we were about to jump off of with the glider, I thought to myself, “Wow, is this really about to happen? Am I really doing this? Why am I doing this?”. Luckily, Mani eased all of my fears, and assured me that I was about to have the time of my life. And, boy, was he right!

The funny thing about paragliding is that once you’re attached to the glider, you have to run off the cliff! Basically, you have to fight the survival instinct in your brain telling you NOT to do this. It does feel weird while you’re doing it, but then…. BOOM!…. before you know it…. you are soaring in the sky like an eagle. What a feeling! My fear of heights was suddenly gone and everything in my life that I was worried about disappeared. You will get wrapped up in the joy and excitement of the experience. Mani even did a glider move called a “roller coaster”, which is exactly what the name implies. Truly, this is one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it. I’m hoping that one day, I’ll have the opportunity to go paragliding again!

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If you are visiting the Salzburg area, I would definitely recommend Fly Tandem to anyone (who isn’t too terrified of heights). Give paragliding a try, you won’t regret it! It is a once in a lifetime experience. We booked the Classic Tandem package which lasts around 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the winds. I would also suggest that you get the photo and video package, like I did! I’ve watched my video about twenty times since. It is so nice to be able to re-live my time in the sky! Check it out:

When you book with Fly Tandem, they offer information about a bus that you can take from Mirabellplatz (an area in Salzburg where there are a few bus stops, right near an entrance to Mirabell Gardens). The bus that will take you up to the top of the mountain where you’ll be taking your flight and it also stops near the area where you land. We decided to take a taxi from the Holiday Inn in Salzburg, which took us about 30 or 40 minutes and cost us around 30 euros.

If you are interested in this experience, here is the link to their website:

https://www.flytandem.at/en

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