6 Swiss Suspension Bridges to Bring your Swiss hike to the next level
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6 Swiss Suspension Bridges to Bring your Swiss hike to the next level

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Suspension bridges have always been an essential part of the Swiss landscape. For centuries they've connected villages, economically and socially, with their surroundings; many are also popular destinations for excursions on foot or by car! Here, we present our favorite suspension bridge tours - including the one you've eagerly awaited (you can't imagine how it'll feel). Which one will you choose?

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Peak Walk, Gstaad

Gstaad, a famous Swiss ski resort located in the mountains of Bernese Oberland, is home to many tourist attractions. The town's economy relies heavily on visitors who come for its natural beauty and because it has stores and restaurants that cater to them.

The most famous landmark within Gstadt is these suspension bridges - Two mountain peaks connected by an elegant walkway called "Peak Walk." At 9800 feet high with breathtaking views across Europe and dense forests below, you'll be hard-pressed not to enjoy this spectacular sight!

Trift Bridge, Bernese Oberland

The Trift Bridge is a suspension bridge in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. It spans the Trift glacier and is 100 meters high and 170 meters long. The bridge was completed in 2009 and can be crossed by hikers. The bridge has become a popular tourist destination, and many people visit it to experience its height and length.

Getting to the Trift Bridge in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, will take about three hours. You've to hike for two hours and then take a nerve-wracking ride on a cable car. The bridge was built in response to global warming and allowed hikers to cross the glacier without going around it.

It became so popular that it had to be replaced in 2009. The current Trift Bridge was designed along the lines of Nepalese three-rope bridges and can accommodate up to 220 people at once.

Handeck Bridge, Bernese Oberland

The Handeck Bridge is a suspension bridge in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. At 590 feet above the Rubber Gorge, it is one of the shortest and lowest bridges in the country. The bridge connects the villages of Aeschlen and Sigriswil and comes with a minimal toll. What makes this bridge so special are the incredible views of the Weisshorn, the Bernese Alps, alpine forests and meadows, and a nearby rockfall.

Titlis Cliff Walk, Engleberg, Central Switzerland

The Titlis Cliff Walk is a suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps. At the height of over 10,000 feet, it's the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of a cable car, the bridge offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and Italy. However, in bad weather, the bridge can be closed at anytime.

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, the Titlis Cliff Walk is for you. This bridge is one of the most exciting suspension bridges in Europe. It is located 500 meters above the ground at an altitude of 3,041 meters above sea level. It was built in 2013 and offered hikers a spectacular view of the Engelberg valley.

Even the hike to the bridge is challenging, but it's worth it when you reach the suspension bridge. Not only will you be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Swiss Alps, but you can also catch a glimpse of Italy! Once you've reached the Titlis Cliff Walk, visit the South Wall Window observation deck for an even better view of the area. You'll see the massifs of the Bernese Oberland, the Finstaarhorn, the Wetterhorn, the Schreckhorn and the famous peaks of Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau.

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, the Titlis Cliff Walk is for you! Located in Engelberg in central Switzerland, this suspension bridge will take your hiking adventures to a new level. Not only do you've to overcome the fear of heights, but you also have to go through a long ice tunnel, the Glacier Grotto, which is dug deep into the glacier body, about 25 meters below the surface. 

The path inside the glacier core is slippery and should be dressed accordingly. Hold tight and cross the last bridge before continuing to the "Titlis Ice Flyer Glacier Chair Lift."

Unlike other suspension bridges, there are no safety harnesses here, and the front is open so hikers can enjoy the view of the valley below. However, it's not for the faint of heart!

The Farinet Bridge, Valais - and the smallest vineyard in the world

The Farinet Bridge is a suspension bridge in Valais, Switzerland. It crosses the Salentze Gorge and is named after Jean-Jacques-Marie de Farinet, known as "the bandit of Saillon." Initially built in 1888, a flood destroyed the bridge in 1956. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1958. La Vigne à Farinet is the smallest winery in the world. 

It's only 0.007 hectares and is located in the Valais region of Switzerland. The Dalai Lama purchased the vineyard from Abbé Pierre in 1990 and was subsequently donated to him. La Passerelle à Farinet is a suspension bridge that spans the Salentze Gorge.A flood destroyed the 1888 structure in 1956. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1958, following the devastation of a flood. Famous personalities have been known to work on the vineyard since then.

The Farinet Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the gorge of La Tine in Valais, Switzerland. With a height of 140 meters and a length of 98 meters, it's the perfect place for experienced hikers looking for an adrenaline rush. In addition, the bridge was built specifically to cross the gorge, and 1000 wine bottles hang from its side railings. The wine is sold at a charity auction, and the profits are donated to local schools.

The trail isn't only a beautiful hike and leads to the smallest vineyard in the world. Before you set out on the hike, check with the local information center for weather conditions and the route. The trail may be open or closed, so checking before you start your hike is essential.


Belalp-Riederalp Bridge, Valais

The Belalp-Riederalp Bridge is a 406-foot suspension bridge in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. 

It's 262 feet high and open from June to October. The bridge was built in 2001 and is part of the UNESCO Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site.

Still, I wouldn't call it a hike. The wind picks up, and it gets chilly as you walk on the bridge. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is 494 meters long and worth visiting if you're in the area. Remember when hiking that hats can get blown off.

The Belalp-Riederalp Bridge in Valais is a great place to take a walk. Not only can you enjoy the beautiful scenery, but you can also walk on the bridge and feel the wind in your hair.


In a nutshell

So, whether you're an experienced hiker looking for a new challenge or just want to see some of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, be sure to add one (or more) of these suspension bridges to your list! With stunning views and a feeling of accomplishment when you cross them, we can promise you won't regret it. And if hiking isn't really your thing, no problem - many of these bridges are also accessible by car or train. So what are you waiting for? Pick your bridge(s) and start planning your hike today!

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