World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in the Swiss Alps
By Andrea Park
July 31, 2017, 3:35:37 PM EDT
Acrophobics, consider closing this tab before reading any further; thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies, and lovers of heights, this one's for you. According to the Zermatt, Switzerland tourism office, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world opened this weekend.
The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, constructed by SWISSROPE in just 10 weeks, spans the Zermatt Valley in the Swiss Alps and is a whopping 1,621 feet long. The bridge, which takes 10 minutes to cross, is part of the Europaweg trail and reaches heights of 7,218 feet above sea level, according to a press release from Zermatt Tourism. Not to mention, hikers on the suspension bridge will have to walk up an incline of 279 feet to reach the other side.
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The release notes that alpine hikers with a fear of heights should consider avoiding the record-setting bridge because through the structure's lower grates, as "it is possible to look into the precipice below one's feet." Those who dare to keep their eyes open, however, will see the Matterhorn looming ahead as they walk toward Zermatt from Grächen, while those passing in the opposite direction will have an unbeatable view of the Bernese Alps that surround the "deepest-cut valley in Switzerland."
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