Suspension bridges make hiking more comfortable because they make difficult ascents and descents superfluous. Sometimes they make the terrain passable in the first place. No matter the water of a torrential glacial stream is raging beneath you, a deep canyon opens up its gully or a steep scree slope reveals its wasteland - suspension bridges always provide spectacular views and a special kind of thrill.
Spectacular suspension bridges are not only found in the Alps. The German low mountain ranges are also attracting with the thrill above the abyss. Pack up a bite of courage and let's go.
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You should have experienced the bridge but it looks much more harmless from below as you will feel or experience it.
It takes a bit of courage to cross the 406 meter pedestrian suspension bridge 114 meters up.
It is of course well secured but somewhat dizziness, and you should not be afraid of high altitude.
The bridge swings slightly back and forth and the floor is only provided with grating grates where you can see the 113m directly down.
But for 8 € fee you get for his courage a wonderful panoramic view of the valley of Reutte and the surrounding mountains - a look just kick, as the slogan promises.
Otherwise, enjoy the crossing.
The highline179 is a pedestrian suspension bridge in the form of a rope bridge over the Fernpassstraße B 179 south of Reutte in Tirol (Austria). It extends at an altitude of 113 to 114 m over the Ehrenberg castle world and connects the ruin Ehrenberg with the Fort Claudia. The location of the bridge was chosen to be one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world with a span of 406 meters at the time of completion. It not only serves to facilitate the visit of the two castle ruins, but above all to be an independent tourist attraction for the community of Reutte.
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At 200.5 meters in length and 110 meters high, the suspension bridge near Holzgau crosses the Höhenbach gorge. Especially worthwhile is the detour here, when it is dark, because then the bridge shines in great lighting.
In contrast to some other spectacular suspension bridges, the suspension bridge in Holzgau is freely accessible and can be walked on for free.
If you venture on the suspension bridge on the Dachstein, there is nothing under you - except 400 meters deep. An impressive mountain panorama in front of you ensures breathtaking moments. 100 meters long, the suspension bridge on the Dachstein spans the rocks of the Dachstein massif.
If that was not enough of a thrill for you, then at the end of the bridge you can still climb the "stairway to nothing": 14 narrow steps lead you down to a glass podium at dizzying heights. Here you stand directly in the cliff 400 meters above the wall.
Just a few years ago, the trifthütte of the Swiss Alpine Club was reached by a hike across the glacier tongue of the Trift Glacier. However, because the glacier is increasingly melting as a result of climate change, in 2004 a suspension bridge was built on the model of the Nepalese three-rope bridges, over which Wanderer crossed the resulting glacial river. The bridge turned out to be a magnet for tourists and was therefore replaced in 2009 by a safer and more accessible bridge - today's Trift Bridge. It is definitely one of the most spectacular pedestrian rope bridges in the Alps. 100 meters high and 170 meters long, it floats at the foot of the Trift Glacier.
The Raiffeisen Skywalk spans the Lauitobel with a length of 374 meters at a height of up to 58 meters. At the opening in 2010, the Skywalk was the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Europe. The Raiffeisen Skywalk is open during the operating hours of the mountain railway Sattel-Hochstuckli. These are open Mondays to Fridays from 8:45 to 17:00 and from July to October to 17:30. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the train runs in high season even to 18 clock. Outside these opening hours, gates block access to the suspension bridge.
There is only one suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks: the Peak Walk. Via the 107 meter long suspension bridge you walk from the summit to the main summit 5 meters higher (Scex Rouge). The suspension bridge is accessible free of charge and - weather permitting - open all year round.
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The bridge has a total length of 360 m and is thus one of the longest suspended rope bridges in Europe. The maximum height above the ground is just under 100 meters. The dead weight is 62 tons. The bridge can be accessed for free and is open year-round except during storms and thunderstorms.
The name of the bridge is taken from the field name of the district on which the bridge is located: A rocky slope called Geierslay, which probably got this name, because in the vicinity of the rock (see also Ley) numerous birds of prey live. The word "vulture", derived from the Middle High German "gir" as a noun of "greedy", is still a trivial term for a number of different species of birds of prey.
The overall concept of the Geierlay includes a visitor center with a large pay parking, also for coaches. In the visitor center there is a bistro. The bridge itself can only be reached on foot or by bike over 1.8 km of well-paved path. For the way back I do not recommend the same way over the bridge, but through the valley below, which is very nice.
With a length of 494 meters, she narrowly missed the 500 meters, but the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge - or Europa Bridge, as it is widely called, because it is part of the Europaweg from Grächen to Zermatt - currently (August 2017) the longest suspension bridge of the world. Of course you have to be free from giddiness to walk over the footbridge of the bridge, which always allows the view into the depths. As a possible trial tour because of possible fear of heights offers at Furi above Zermatt a 100 -meter-long suspension bridge, which leads 90 meters above the Gornerschlucht.
For the Salb bridge you should not only bring vertigo, but also have alpine experience, because the connection between the Salbit and the Voralp hut has it all. Among other things you have to overcome a 45 meter long iron ladder. At the exposed places can be secured with a via ferrata set. You can borrow this in both huts and return it.
The Golden Gate bridge of the Alps is part of the Baumzipfelweg and therefore only passable (7 Euro). Especially for families with children, it is a worthwhile trip. The Baumzipfelweg is open daily from May to October from 9.30 am to 6 pm, from December to March from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.
Outside the box-office opening hours, however, there is a slot machine available, through which the path over the bridge and through the treetops is always possible.
140 meters long, 28 meters abyss under you - here is head for heights! Especially as the suspension bridge on the Stubnerkogel swings slightly due to its construction. If you have crossed the suspension bridge, it is advisable to take a walk on the beautiful circular hiking trail on the ridge of the Stubnerkogel. Here you can expect sensational views of the Hohe Tauern.
The suspension bridge over the Gummischlucht is just one of seven planned bridges around Lake Thun. Three of them are already built, the longest of which is this over the rubber gorge. Once all seven bridges have been completed, you can hike once around the entire lake on a 56-kilometer trail. 95 percent of the way is already finished, but at the outstanding bridges gullies with sometimes steep ascents and descents have to be overcome.
3,041 meters altitude. 500 meters abyss. 150 steps heartbeat. The Titlis Cliff Walk is really not for the faint hearted! From the Titlis summit, an underground tunnel leads you to the viewing platform on the south wall window. The suspension bridge spans from there to the top station of the glacier chairlift Ice Flyer. The Titlis Cliff Walk is Europe's highest suspension bridge. The walk across the bridge is free. In bad weather, however, the suspension bridge is closed.