The world’s longest suspension bridge has opened in the Swiss Alps — and it looks terrifying

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The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland.
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Until this summer, Japan’s Kokonoe Yume was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The newly built Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland just stole that title.

Measuring 1,621 feet long, it traverses the country’s deepest valley in the Swiss Alps.

Check out the bridge, which officially opened on July 29, below.


Located in the Swiss Alps, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge connects two towns, Zermatt and Grächen.

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The metal bridge swoops over the deepest valley in Switzerland, and hangs around 275 feet above ground level. The deck is just 25 inches wide.

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It also links to a hiking trail, called Europaweg, which a rock avalanche had blocked since 2010.

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The boulders also destroyed a 820-footlong bridge that opened just two months before the avalanche. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge replaced it.

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The new bridge sits much higher to reduce the risk of rocks hitting it, and features sturdier cables than the former bridge. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge cost approximately $775,000.

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Due to truss systems that resists bending or twisting, suspension bridges can typically stretch much longer than any other type of bridge.


The office of tourism in Zermatt recently recommended those with a fear of heights should avoid crossing the bridge. Otherwise, the views are breathtaking.

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Source: Architectural Digest