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Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

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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]

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge
(Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke)
Hängebrücke Randa.jpg
Coordinates46°06′0.14″N 7°48′11.5″E / 46.1000389°N 7.803194°E / 46.1000389; 7.803194
CrossesGrabengufer ravine
LocaleRanda, Switzerland
Characteristics
DesignHanging bridge
Total length494 metres (1,621 ft)
Width65 centimetres (26 in)
History
OpenedJuly 2017 (2017-07)

See alsoEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.