Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Switzerland
Famous for watches, chocolates and awesome tennis players, Switzerland is also home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. Traversing between Grächen and Zermatt, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge rounds off the Europaweg – by many considered to be the most beautiful two day hike through the Alps.
At its highest point, this stunning suspension bridge reaches 85 metres above the valley below and its entire length is almost 500 metres. If you’re looking for a pedestrian bridge that evokes fear and awe, then you’ve found it here. Because this bridge is made with slats that you can see through, down to the sheer drops of the Alps below. In fact, the possibility of slips and falls is so high, this bridge doesn’t even open during the winter months, opening from spring to the end of the autumn.
It’s super narrow, and walkers are advised to cross this bridge in single file. It looks quite literally, like a suspended walkway. Many can’t look down and clutch the ropes in fear. Many others stop to look down, without even holding on and their only sharp intake of breath is caused by the stunning scenery from this daunting viewing platform in the sky. Which one will you be?