World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Just Opened in the Swiss Alps

01 August, 2017, 22:58 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • Measuring 1621 feet long the newly opened Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge according to Zermatt Tourism

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in southern Switzerland, stretching 1620 feet as part of a trail in the Alps, NBC News reported.

Known as the "Europabruecke", the bridge hangs more than 275 feet above the Grabengufer ravine and spans almost one-third of a mile. The bridge, which cost 750,000 Swiss Francs (about $775,594), replaces an older suspension bridge that closed in 2010 due to falling rocks.

The highest point of the bridge stands at nearly 300 feet above ground.

At 494m long, the new Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge spans a valley on the two-day Europaweg walking trail in the canton of Valais.

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Not that we weren't already enamoured of this breath-taking destination, but Switzerland has given you another reason to set foot on its land.

"This is one of the most handsome panorama hiking paths in Switzerland", states the local tourism office. The completed Europabruecke cuts travel time through the valley from three to four hours to just 10 minutes. Advice from Zermatt is: "For hikers with no fear of heights".

Walkers will see stunning views of the Bernese Alps and the Matterhorn mountain.

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