The world’s highest (and scariest) suspension bridge has opened above a glacier in the Swiss Alps. This pedestrian walkway is suspended 1,500ft high, around 10,000ft above sea level. The bridge was built to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of a cableway that joined the towns of Engelberg and Gerschnialp in January 1913.
The construction, named the Titlis Cliff Walk, has just been completed after five months of intense building development by engineers. Costing a whopping ?1 million to make, the bridge is 330ft long, but just 3ft wide, emphasising its extreme, vertigo-inducing height.
What’s more, on the grand opening of the suspension bridge, a mammoth snow storm meant that visitors could not see the drop below the bridge, reducing it to a mere few feet. Such weather conditions proved a challenge for the engineers, whose working hours depended upon the dangers of their surroundings. And with snow storms common place, visibility can be reduced to almost zero on the bridge, adding to the terrifying effect. “Everyone was very impressed by the bridge,” said Peter Reinle from Titlis Cable Cars, “It opened in a real snow storm which made it an adventure for everyone who crossed it.”
Europe's highest suspension bridge opens
3:55PM GMT 13 Dec 2012
The highest suspension bridge in Europe is to open this weekend in the Swiss Alps, just ahead of the festive ski season.
Titlis Cliff Walk, built in the ski resort of Titlis Engelberg, stands at more than 3,000 metres above sea level.
It welcomed its first intrepid visitors for a special preview last week - but will open to the public this Saturday (December 15).
From the lofty vantage point, walkers on the bridge can see more than 500 meters down into the valleys below, as well as taking in the view of the south face of Mount Titlis in central Switzerland.
However, those attending the preview did not apparently encounter ideal conditions, with a snow storm blowing at the time.
Peter Reinle, a spokesman for the Titlis Engelberg ski resort told NBC News: “The weather was terrible, but it was a big adventure.”
The bridge is one-metre wide and 100-metres long, and was planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the area’s Engelberg-Gerschnialp cableway. The costs of constructing it are estimated at ?870,130. A helicopter needed to be used to deliver some of the parts, as well as to transport concrete.
It will be open whenever the Mount Titlis cable car is open and the cost of crossing it will be included in a round-trip ticket up the mountain – although organisers warn that it may have to close in the event of bad weather.
Tourism officials in the area said they expected the bridge to be particularly popular in the summer months.
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