Longest hanging bridge in the world - Zermatt hike

Longest hanging bridge in the world - Zermatt hike

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maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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Jul 31, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Zermatt: 'Longest' hanging pedestrian bridge opens in Switzerland

A nearly 500m (1,640ft) bridge for hikers billed as the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world has opened near the Swiss town of Zermatt.

The 494m bridge, named the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge), hangs up to 85m above the Grabengufer ravine.

The Zermatt Tourist Board says it is the world's longest, although a 405m bridge in Reutte in Austria hangs 110m higher above the ground.

It replaces a previous bridge that had been damaged by rock falls.

The new bridge, whose cables weigh about eight tonnes, is equipped with a system to prevent it from swinging, the Zermatt Tourist Board said.

It forms part of a two-day hiking route between Zermatt and Grächen in southern Switzerland with views of the Matterhorn mountain.

Last modified on Jul 31, 2017 - 1:25 PM by maggiehorswell
Lucas
Lucas
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Jul 31, 2017 - 4:02 PM in reply to maggiehorswell

Thanks Maggie!

Good tip, sounds like a fun time! :) I was on the bridge at Reutte Austria last year. It was...an experience. haha.

Lucas

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
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Jul 31, 2017 - 10:18 PM

No swinging? But that's half the fun!

Arno
Arno
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Aug 4, 2017 - 7:23 AM

Here's a video of the bridge to get a feel for how long it is. And narrow, only 65 cm wide!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8iuwWHduKQ

Last modified on Aug 4, 2017 - 7:23 AM by Arno
Kattkkym
Kattkkym
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Aug 8, 2017 - 1:48 AM

I saw a newspaper article on FB last night!! Wish I'd heard about ut earlier and can include the hike :)

m.facebook.com/story.p hp?story_fbid=10155806310 631264&id=104598631263

Looks freaky too cos its sooo high !!!

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