Germany’s Longest Suspension Bridge Fits Trend Of Vertigo-Inducing Attractions

17 October 2015
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Thousands of thrill-seeking tourists have been making the trek across a bridge, which is suspended 91 metres above a scenic forested valley between Morsdorf and Sosberg in Germany.

Tourism officials are hoping the new bridge will help promote hiking trails in the area and draw around 180,000 visitors every year, boosting the local economy by €2.5 million (A$3.95 million), a local news website reported.

 Bridge walkers step carefully (Image: EPA)

The construction of the bridge, which is supported by steel ropes on its left and right sides, began in May this year and was completed in a record 130 days.

The latest launch follows the opening of a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in China, which sits 180 metres above a valley in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park of the Hunan province.

Glass Won't Break If A Tourist Jumps On It

The walkway’s 24-millimetre-thick glass panes are 25 times stronger than other forms of glass, allowing it to “stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it”, a worker who built the bridge told the China News Service.

Later this year, the country is planning to open another glass bridge, designed by the architect Haim Dotan, across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area of the Hunan province. Spanning 430 metres long and 300 metres high, it is set to be the world’s highest glass bridge once completed.

 Thrill seekers on Germany's longest suspension bridge (Image: EPA)

Germany's new bridge is one of several vertigo-inducing attractions that have been unveiled recently in China and around the world.

Last summer, Russia unveiled the 439-metre-long SkyBridge, which was described as “the world’s longest walkway” at the time.

Standing 207 metres above the Krasnaya Polyana valley near Sochi, the footbridge includes two observation platforms, each offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Black Sea coast.


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Skywalk Can Survive A Rock Fall

Last year, Zhangjiajie also built a cliff-side glass-bottomed pathway around 1,500 metres above sea level on the side of the Tianmen Mountain.

The metre-wide and 7 centimetre-thick glass skywalk was said to have been designed to “shatter but not break” should a stone fall on it from the mountain, according to a spokesperson for the local tourism board at the time.

 An impression of China's next glass bridge (Image: Haim Dotan Architects)

London opened its own glass walkway atop Tower Bridge last November, though the numbers don’t quite stack up against its Chinese rivals.

Elsewhere in Europe, a glass-bottomed viewing box at 3,842 metres above sea level opened near Chamonix, France, in 2013. The five-sided cube juts out above the Chamonix Valley a kilometre below, offering a rather unsettling place to stand and enjoy views of the Mont Blanc Massif mountain range.


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This article was written by Soo Kim from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Soo Kim

Soo Kim is an editor and reporter for Telegraph Travel. She also commissions the celebrity travel columns Travelling Life and My Kind of Town, as well as travel gear, kit and accessories content. She is also the editor of The Big Picture photography column.