WATCH: Switzerland Opens World’s Longest Suspension Footbridge

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

World’s longest suspension footbridge opens in Switzerland

The longest suspension footbridge in the world recently opened in Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt Matterhorn. Named Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, this pedestrian footbridge in South Switzerland is made of steel and it measures 494 meters long. The bridge was named after its chief sponsor, a psychologist, and co-owner of a Swiss winery.

This new suspension bridge replaces a previous bridge that had been damaged by rock falls.

Before its opening, the “Titan-RT” bridge in Germany holds the record of being the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge.

According to a press release from Zermatt Matterhorn, it took just 10 weeks to construct the bridge which was unveiled last July 29, 2017.

Longest Suspension Footbridge
Switzerland Opens World’s Longest Suspension Footbridge (PHOTOVF/Valentin Flauraud via Zermatt Tourism)

The suspended stretch is part of Europaweg hiking trail connecting Grächen and Zermatt. Brave hikers will see fantastic views of the Bernese Alps and the Matterhorn mountain.

Suspended 85 meters above the ground, the said trail is considered by many hikers and adventurers as one of the most beautiful two-day hikes in the Alps. The bridge is suspended between 1,600 meters and 2,200 meters above sea level. And at a narrow 65 centimeters wide, the bridge stretches like a thin wire across the steep valley floor.

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“The stunning views along this mountain panorama including the Matterhorn have made it famous around the world,” said the release.

Hikers can cross from one point to another in about 10 minutes and without the footbridge, the hike previously took up to four hours.

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