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The World's Longest Suspension Bridge Has Opened in the Swiss Alps

The 494-metre-long pedestrian bridge reaches heights of 2200 metres above sea level.
By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2017
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By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2017
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Boasting scenic sights at great heights and snowy peaks aplenty, the Swiss Alps are well covered when it comes to adventure. Making this bucket-list tourist destination even more thrilling is its newest addition, a half-a-kilometre suspension bridge casually slung between two towering mountains.

Opening for pedestrians on July 29, the Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke literally bridges the gap between Grächen and Zermatt — all 494 metres of it. For those keen on some more stomach-churning figures, the 65-metre pathway reaches 85 metres above the ground at its highest point, and 2200 metres above sea level as well. It's part of a six to seven hour hike from either direction, and replaces a previous bridge that closed in 2010 due to unstable terrain.

Needless to say, the world-record breaking crossing isn't recommended for those suffering from acrophobia; however those eager to climb high will always have either the Matterhorn or the Bernese Alps in view, depending on which way they're trekking. As well as soaring into the sky and offering astonishing vistas, the suspension bridge also proves a feat of speedy engineering, with the entire thing erected in just 10 weeks.

Via Zermatt Tourism. Image: Europaweg / Valentin Flauraud via Zermatt Tourism.

Published on August 05, 2017 by Sarah Ward
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