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Switzerland opens World's longest suspension footbridge

01 August, 2017, 22:11 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Switzerland opens World's longest suspension footbridge

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in Randa, Switzerland, over the weekend, according to Zermatt Tourism.

Built 28 stories above the ground, the bridge is 1,620 feet long.

The 494m bridge, named the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge), hangs up to 85m above the Grabengufer ravine.

Not that we weren't already enamoured of this breath-taking destination, but Switzerland has given you another reason to set foot on its land.

The swissrope / Lauber Seilbahnen AG, Frutigen, erected the hikers' suspension bridge near Randa in only 10 weeks. swissrope has already built countless suspension bridges in Switzerland and overseas and thus installed sensational connection bridges with Swiss quality work.

The bridge is situated on the Europaweg that connects the villages of Zermatt and Graechen. Still, "people who have problems with a fear of heights, they have to close their eyes", travel board spokesperson Edith Zweifel told CNN.

The original bridge was closed in 2010 due to unstable terrain, forcing hikers to detour into the valley before climbing back up to reach the trail.

It also offers those fearless enough to traverse the open air crossover views of the imposing 4,478-meter tall Matterhorn mountain.