Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

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Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge
(Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke)
Hängebrücke Randa.jpg
Coordinates 46°06′0.14″N 7°48′11.5″E / 46.1000389°N 7.803194°E / 46.1000389; 7.803194
Crosses Grabengufer ravine
Locale Randa, Switzerland
Characteristics
Design Hanging bridge
Total length 494 metres (1,621 ft)
Width 65 centimetres (26 in)
History
Opened July 2017 (2017-07)

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is the longest hanging bridge for pedestrian use in the world. It is located in Randa, Switzerland and replaced the defunct Europabrücke (de), which had been damaged by a rock slide.[1][2] The bridge spans 494 meters (1621 feet), and upon its inauguration in July 2017 became the longest suspension bridge built for pedestrian travel.[3][4] The bridge runs 85 metres (279 feet) above the ground at its highest point. It employs 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons; 8.8 short tons) of cables, and has a system that prevents it from swinging. The bridge is part of Europaweg, a hiking path between the Swiss villages of Zermatt and Grächen.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Europa Hut, located around 500 metres (1,600 ft) northeast of the bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Längste Hängebrücke der Welt im Wallis eröffnet" [Longest hanging bridge opened in Valais] (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017 – via www.nzz.ch. 
  2. ^ "Now open: World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Record-breaking 1,620ft-long suspension bridge opens in Switzerland". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  4. ^ "The "Europabruecke" - World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge". Design You Trust. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Images show hikers making way across 'world's longest' hanging bridge". The Sun. 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2017-07-31.