Mountain Architecture // The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Switzerland

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in the Swiss Alps this summer. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge (named after the main sponsor), near the village of Randa, is a record-breaking 494 metres long and connects Grächen and Zermatt on the Europaweg foot trail.

It was inaugurated on July 29, 2017, replacing the Europabrücke which was closed in 2010 as a result of the risk of landslides. The panorama offered from the suspension bridge is magical, on one side the Weisshorn and the Bishorn surrounding the Bisgletscher and on the other the foothills of the Dom.

The bridge is intended to be a “monument for the mountain panorama”, whereby utmost emphasis was placed on interfering as little as possible with nature, a design that worked. The transparent construction of steel cable and wire mesh was designed to integrate perfectly into the environment.
At its highest point the narrow path runs 86 metres above the ground. The structure is just 65cm wide, and takes 10 minutes to cross, a journey that previously took hikers four hours. It breaks a record previously set by the glass-bottomed suspension bridge completed last year in China.

It leaves us with just one question, would you dare look down?!
For further information on how to visit the Suspension Bridge in Randa, click here to be taken to the Zermatt Mattterhorn website.
Nicky’s World November 2017