Switzerland unveils world's longest suspension bridge

Switzerland unveils world's longest suspension bridge

Switzerland unveils world's longest suspension bridge

Hanging 278 feet (84.73 meters) in the air, you might want to hold someone's hand for a little extra courage - but that won't be possible.

People walk on the "Europabruecke", that is supposed to be the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge with a length of 494m, after the official inauguration of the construction in Randa, Switzerland, on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

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The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge links the Swiss villages of Zermatt and Grächen on the Europaweg trail.

The bridge is constructed with steel, is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge that cuts the journey across the valley from three to four hours to a mere 10 minutes.

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Engineers from Swissrope and Lauber cableways took just 10 weeks to erect the bridge which is only 65 cm wide. Those alpinists courageous enough to make the crossing will be treated to views of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps. Local tourist authority warns that the high bridge is "for hikers with no fear of heights", whilst boasting spectacular views of the Matterhorn mountain.

"The thrill of traversing the precipice is indescribable", Zermatt Tourism said in a statement.

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