Published on : Friday, August 4, 2017
Stretching for about 494 metres between the valley of Grächen and Zermatt, the world’s longest suspension bridge is not for the acrophobic.
Inaugurating the bridge, which features the majestic Alpine views, a Swiss tourism official said that this bridge could reduce the hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least 3 hours between the south-western towns of Graechen and Zermatt.
Only 65 centimetres wide, the bridge soars as high as 85 metres above the ground, traversing over the deepest-cut valley in Switzerland.
Before this bridge, the Alpine adventure tourists had to descend into the town of Randa and scale another ascent since a shorter foot bridge was closed in 2010 due to unstable terrain.
This bridge is made up of steel and runs for about 1,600m and 2,200m above sea level. What compliments the walk is the majestic view of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps in the distance.
The entire engineering and setting up of the bridge took just 10 weeks. It breaks a record previously set by a glass-bottomed suspension bridge completed last year in China which is 430 metre-long.