Wonderful Engineering

Would You Like To Walk On The World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge In Swiss Alps?

Walking across bridges are not something the faint hearted can manage, and if they are scary enough to have glass bottoms or be creeping in the skies amidst the clouds, even a brave person would be reluctant to walk across. The previous record was held by the glass bottom bridge in China that was closed soon after opening, and now we have another test for your courage, the world’s longest suspension pedestrian bridge that has just opened up in Switzerland, and it already has many hearts shaking.

The Charles Kuonen suspension bridge in the middle of Swiss Alps is a treat for adrenaline junkies and for anyone who craves the beauty of nature. The 494-meter (1,621 feet) bridge hangs at the height of 85 meters (300 feet) above the floor of the valley, and the structure was erected in only 10 weeks. The bridge links the hiking trail Europaweg between Grächen and Zermatt, which is considered to be the most beautiful hike of the Swiss Alps. The bridge brings the two-day hike of the Europaweg down to a 10-minute walk.

The Charles Kuonen bridge is named after its sponsor, who is a psychologist and winery owner. It is a replacement of the previous one that had been damaged by falling rocks. Running between 1,600 and 2,200 meters height above the sea level, this two-foot wide bridge is definitely not your cup of tea if you have a fear of heights. The walkways are protected with a net to give the tourists a splendid view of the valley from above. A spokesperson for the Swiss travel board says, “People who have problems with fear of heights, they have to close their eyes, or have someone walk behind them.”

A person who can get a hold of his heart shrieking with an adrenaline rush, you will get a breathtaking view of Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps surrounding the valley.