Are you ready for a “dizzyingly” high hike?

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The Swiss are known for their chocolate, cheese, watches and their mountains – the world famous Alps. Many people travel to Switzerland to ski or hike in the beautiful snow capped Alps. Now hikers will have a new way to view the beautiful mountain range.

The Swiss have recently inaugurated the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Randa, Switzerland. It is called the “Europe bridge” and spans the valley between the towns of Zermatt and Grächen.

The bridge offers hikers views of the Dom (Switzerland’s highest peak), the Matterhorn and other soaring peaks. But most importantly, it cuts the three to four hour journey across the valley to a mere 10 minutes. Visitors can look between their feet to see amazing views of the valley below –  as long as they aren’t afraid of heights!

This new bridge is special because –

  • It is the longest suspension bridge for hikers or pedestrians. It is 1620 feet long and is suspended at 278 feet over the valley
  • It took just 10 weeks to build and can hold up to 17,000 pounds
  • It is equipped with a system to prevent it from swinging

This is just another marvellous example of world renowned Swiss engineering. Did you know the Swiss invented the zip?

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