Switzerland breaks all record, launches world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Aug 1, 2017 16:22 IST

Switzerland is now home to the world's longest suspension footbridge that was inaugurated on 29 July 2017.

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge has broken all the record with its length of 1621 feet and height of 279 feet that makes it the longest in the world. The bridge is named after Charles Kuonen, a psychologist and winery co-owner.

Switzerland launches world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge

It passes through the valley between the towns of Zermatt and Graechen and cuts the journey across the valley from three to four hours to a mere 10 minutes. In actual, the total journey time between Zermatt and Graechen is about two days.

Guinness has not yet recognized the bridge as the longest. The current recognized longest pedestrian suspension bridge is the Kokonoe Yume Bridge in Japan, which measures 1279 feet.

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• The bridge is situated on the Europaweg that connects the villages of Zermatt and Graechen and offers hikers views of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps

• The steel structure of the bridge offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding Swiss Alps, but is only 25 inches wide.

• However, the bridge is not for those who are afraid of heights.

• About half-a-kilometre of the bridge is a harsh cross over, tourists can see the height of the cliff below their feet.

• The bridge, which costs USD 775594, replaces an older suspension bridge that was closed in 2010 due to damage by falling rocks.

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