Walking Across the World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Boasting more than 1,600 feet in length, Switzerland has opened the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. A superb destination for any height-loving daredevil, not only will this bridge reduce the multi-hour hike across the Zermatt Valley to 10 minutes, but it also gives you stunning views of the Bernese Alps and the iconic Matterhorn mountain in the distance.
The bridge was built in just 10 weeks by Swissrope, a company with significant experience building suspension bridges in the area. The nearly nine tons of cable carry visitors above the deepest cut valley in Switzerland. The two-way pedestrian bridge is only 25 inches wide, which means some squeezing is in order as you pass fellow adventure hikers on the bridge.
The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge surpassed Germany’s Titan-RT, a 1,500-foot suspension bridge that was completed only weeks before. With a thrilling view of the Rappbode Dam—the highest dam in Germany—either of these gripping walks will be a great addition to your next grand tour of Switzerland or hike through the Harz Mountains in Germany.
- Nat Geo Expeditions