Longest pedestrian suspension bridge: world record set in the Swiss Alps (VIDEO)
RANDA, Switzerland -- The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, in the Swiss Alps, near the village of Randa, is a 494 metres long bridge and connects Grächen and Zermatt on the Europaweg foot trail, thus setting the new world record for the Longest pedestrian suspension bridge, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, in the Swiss Alps, near the village of Randa, is a record-breaking 494 metres long and connects Grächen and Zermatt on the Europaweg foot trail. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the longest floating bridge is 2,349.55 m (7,708.49 ft) and was achieved by the Washington State Department of Transportation in Seattle, Washington, USA. The bridge connects Seattle Washington to Bellevue Washington.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Longest bridge, suspension bridge for pedestrians; it is The Kokonoe Yume bridge, which was opened on 30 October 2006 by the Kokonoe town government. The bridge is the longest suspension bridge for pedestrians in the world, spanning a length of 390 m (1279 ft).
The bridge, which is a steel construction, runs between 1,600m and 2,200m above sea level, with views – if you can look at them – of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps in the distance.
It replaces a previous bridge that had been damaged by rock falls.
The structure, which is just 65cm wide, takes 10 minutes to cross; a journey that previously took hikers four hours. It took engineers from Swissrope and Lauber cableways just 10 weeks to erect the bridge.