World's Longest Pedestrian Bridge Opens in the Swiss Alps
The Swiss seem to have a knack for constructing massive structures — having built the world's longest stairway and the world's longest rail tunnel — and this time they're at it again. According to Zermatt Tourism, the newly opened Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland spans an awesome 1,621 feet and rises as high as 279 feet — and is officially the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge.
Replacing an older suspension bridge that closed due to falling rocks, this one reportedly cost 750,000 Swiss Francs (~$776,000) and was named after its main sponsor, a psychologist and co-owner of a Swiss winery. It offers visitors breathtaking views of Switzerland's picturesque Grabengufer Valley and the surrounding Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps. It also cuts what used to be a three- or four-hour trek across the valley to a mere 10 minutes.
Be advised, though: the new suspension bridge is definitely not for the fainthearted nor for anyone with a fear of heights. The entire distance of the bridge is grated, allowing hikers to look down at the precipice, which at its lowest point is 28 stories down.
Images courtesy of Zermatt Tourism.