Trift Bridge

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The span of the old Trift Bridge
The new Trift Bridge.

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The Trift Bridge (German: Triftbrücke) is a pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps. The bridge is a simple suspension bridge design spanning 170 metres (560 ft) at a height of 100 metres (330 ft).[1]

The Trift Bridge spans the lake, Triftsee, near Gadmen, Switzerland, an area that receives approximately 20,000 visitors per year to see the Trift Glacier. An earlier bridge was built in 2004, as the glacier was no longer high enough to take visitors to the Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club.[2] A replacement bridge was opened on 12 June 2009.[3][4] It is one of the longest and highest pedestrian bridges in the Alps.[5] The old bridge stands today in the canton of Uri with the name Salbitbrücke.

Reaching the bridge requires taking a cable car in Meiringen, followed by a gondola. Finally, a difficult 1.5 hour uphill hike leads to the bridge.[3]


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  2. ^ Tourismus, Schweiz. "Trift Bridge – a spectacular footbridge". Switzerland Tourism. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. ^ a b Bechtel, Dale (19 July 2005). "The greatest alpine show on earth?". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Trifthütte SAC". Swiss Alpine Club. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Trift Bridge". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-07-01.

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Coordinates: 46°41′39″N 8°21′27″E / 46.6942°N 8.3575°E / 46.6942; 8.3575