Are you courageous enough to walk on the planet‘s longest pedestrian suspension bridge? According to the Zermatt — Switzerland‘s tourism division — the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge is currently open for hikers, adrenaline junkies and anybody looking for stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Constructed in just ten weeks by SWISSROPE, the 494-meter-long (1,621 ft) bridge is suspended at 85 meters (300 ft) above the valley ground at its greatest point. The construction links two segments of this Europaweg two-day hiking trail between Grächen and Zermatt.
This brand new bridge replaces an older one which has been damaged by falling rocks, and it’s named after psychologist and winery co-owner Charles Kuonen — the bridge’s primary sponsor. Measuring just over two-feet wide, this arrangement allows for single-file only, and it’s not for people who are fearful of heights. Its grated walkway gives walkers the opportunity to look down at the valley, something, not all need to do. As Edith Zweifel — a spokesperson for the traveling board — said, ‘people who have problems with fear of heights, they all have to close their eyes or have someone to walk just behind.’