Don't Look Down: Swiss Open Europe's Highest Suspension Bridge
Europe's highest suspension bridge has been opened in Switzerland at an altitude of over 3,000 meters. It's not for the faint-hearted. The narrow 100-meter bridge leads across an abyss 500 meters deep.
A Swiss cable car company has built what it says is Europe's highest suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Engelberg-Gerschnialp cableway in January 1913.
At 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) above sea level, the vertigo-inducing footbridge is meant to help visitors "experience the height, vastness and majesty of the mountains," says cable car operator Titlis Rotair, which opened the attraction on Friday.
Here's a bit of reassurance. The builders say the bridge can't fall down, and it doesn't sway much, even in the heavy winds common at that altitude.
Located in central Switzerland near Engelberg, Mount Titlis is a popular winter sports destination.
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