Are you feeling brave today? Good! I know that most of you don’t consider themselves to be adrenaline junkies, but the fact of the matter is that you are. How else could you describe people that stare death and injuries in the face, just for the hell of it? But no worries, I’m nott judging; I’m actually here to help. I’ve compiled this list of 10 of the most terrifying foot bridges out there, and you can safely assume that these cannont be found in kiddies parks, malls or theme parks. Enjoy!
1. Trift Bridge, Switzerland
Built in 2004, the Trift Suspension Bridge in Switzerland allows hikers to reach an alpine hut formerly made inaccessible by nearby glacial activity. Hanging 328 feet in the air, the bridge used to swing in the wind so violently that it required reinforcement with stabilizing cables and better handrails.
2. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
If you fall off the 65-foot-long Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, you’ll fall some 100 feet into the jagged rocks below. No worries, nobody has fallen yet, but the views on the other side of the birdge are definitely worth the walk.
3. Capilano Bridge, Vancouver
Thrill-seekers visiting Vancouver need only take the long walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the much-needed dose of adrenaline is supplied. Built in 1889, the bridge extends for 450 feet across the Capilano River some 230 feet below.
4. Vine Bridges, Japan
Tucked within Iya Valley, one of Japan’s three “hidden mountain ranges,”this frightening foot bridge passing 148 feet over the Iya-gawa River is suspended 46 feet above the water. The bridge is made from vines and requires rebuilding every three years. MAke sure you cross over after a rebuild.
5. Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway, Ghana
If you want to experience Ghana’s Kakum National Park from a monkey’s perspective, take the thrilling walk along the park’s series of seven canopy bridges. These very thin and very wobbly bridges extend for a total of 1,083 feet and hang up to 130 feet above the ground.
6. Langkawi SkyBridge, Malaysia
The Langkawi SkiBridge in Malaysia is a unique curved, cable-stayed bridge hanging out from the side of Machinchang Mountain and suspended by a single pylon. Measuring 410 feet across, this is one of the world’s longest curved suspension bridges and one of Langkawi’s top attractions. No wonder!
7. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge is located about an hour outside of Colorado Springs. Originally opened in 1929,this tourist attraction offers visitors the chance to cross over the Arkansas River nearly 1,000 feet below.
8. Ghasa Hanging Bridge, Nepal
Most tourist bridges around the world are well-engineered and safe; most of them. But the hanging bridge in Ghasa, Nepal was built to ease traffic congestion caused by locals herding their animals, so anyone brave enough to venture across will likely share the narrow path with some livestock. Not fun.
9. TITLIS Cliff Walk, Switzerland
Stepping out onto the TITLIS Cliff Walk in the Swiss Alps may be exciting. This pedestrian suspension bridge hangs 1,640 feet off the ground, making it the highest suspension bridge in Europe and one of the highest in the world.
10. Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand
At 141 feet tall, New Zealand’s Kawarau Bridge might not be so scary for anyone who doesn’t suffer from acrophobia. Most visitors come to jump off, as this Queenstown bridge was the site of the first commercial bungee jump in the world.