Switzerland just inaugurated world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Javier Stokes
August 1, 2017

At 494m long, the new suspension bridge that opened near Randa in the canton of Valais on Saturday is the longest in the world.

The super thin bridge - 25.6 inches wide, to be exact - spans almost a third of a mile long that challenges hikers to proceed in places at almost 28 stories above ground.

The suspension bridge hangs 85 metres above the Grabengufer ravine, which sits at the foot of one of the the highest mountains in Switzerland, the Dom (4545 metres).

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The suspension bridge is of a length of 1621 feet and rising as high as 279 feet has broken all the record - which makes it the longest in the world. The total travel time across the new bridge, officials say, is less than 10 minutes, if you want to courageous the potential for vertigo.

The trail is considered by many one of the most handsome two-day hikes in the Alps.

Called the "Europabruecke", or Europe Bridge, hikers in Switzerland face a new challenge to test their fears. And those hiking towards Grächen always see the Bernese Alps. It cut the commute time between two sides of the valley from four hours to 10 minutes.

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