From Monday 29 Oct 2018, the suspension bridge in Randa will be closed. The bridge may NOT be crossed in winter and will open again in spring. We do not accept any liability.
The Charles Kuonen suspension bridge on the Europaweg
A monument for the mountain panorama
The pedestrian suspension bridge, named after main sponsor Charles Kuonen, measures a proud 494 meters in length and stretches up to a height of 85 meters above the Grabengufer ravine in Mattertal valley. 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 integrates perfectly into the environment. Working at a dizzying height, Swiss company swissrope finished construction of the bridge in only two and a half months by using special “assembly sleds”.
Another highlight on the Europa road – the superlative hanging bridge
The anticipation for the world’s longest hanging bridge begins with the hikers who have already gathered in the Europa hut, which is located above Randa halfway between the 2-day hike between Grächen and Zermatt. Once the first rays of morning sunshine pierce the tops of the majestic mountain peaks, the hikers are off, no longer held back by anything. The hanging pedestrian bridge is reached a short time later. Nature lovers are accompanied by giant trees the first few meters. Just a few moments later, they are surrounded by the beauty of the mountains at the lofty height. Switzerland’s highest mountains greet one on the Europaweg high trail.
Although it seems practically impossible to depict the grandiose experience in two dimensions, the passionate photographer Valentin Flauraud has succeeded in producing a first impression of the bridge and landscape in his photos. Nature lovers from the world over will no doubt feel inspired by them, and marvel in person at the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world near Randa. There’s nothing like experiencing bridge and landscape “live”.
- Length 494 m
- Highest point 85 m
- Wide 65 cm
- Diameter of the rope 53 mm
- Weight of the rope 8 tons