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The Charles Kuonen Bridge (Europaweg Skywalk) in Switzerland

Hike the longest suspension bridge in the world

Best time: May–October

The Charles Kuonen Bridge (Europaweg Skywalk)
The Charles Kuonen Bridge (Europaweg Skywalk)

With a length of 1,620 ft ( 494 m), the Charles Kuonen bridge is a record-breaking construction and the longest pedestrian hanging bridge in the world. The bridge is part of the Europaweg Skywalk trail, connecting Grächen and Zermatt. The Skywalk was opened in Randa in 2017, becoming one of the most popular attractions in the area.

The bridge is located at an elevation of 279 ft (85 m) at its highest point. Its width is about 26 in (65 cm). The Skywalk goes over the Grabengufer ravine and picturesque larch forests, which change colors spectacularly during the fall. The stunning views of the Bernese Alps and the stunning Weisshorn and Matterhorn surround the bridge,

After crossing the bridge, the trail goes back to Randa. To take a longer path, one can make a detour to the Europa hut. The hike takes about 4 hours both ways. Breathtakingly beautiful views of nature can be seen in every direction. Also, it's possible to visit nearby villages of St. Niklaus, Grächen, Randa, Täsch, and Zermatt.

Practical info

When is the best time of year to hike the Europaweg Skywalk trail?

It is recommended to hike the Europaweg Skywalk trail from May to October due to reliable weather conditions. The trail is free from snow and ice during these months. Hikers are advised to check the trail's opening hours as it may occasionally close when the weather is unpleasant. Show more

Where is the bridge located?

The Charles Kuonen bridge is situated in the Valais canton, part of the Swiss Alps. It is located on the Europaweg Skywalk trail, which connects the towns of Grächen and Zermatt. The walking path offers panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, and visitors have flocked to the attraction since its establishment in 2017. Show more

How long does it take to hike the entire Europaweg Skywalk trail from Grächen to Zermatt?

The length of the walking trail from Grächen to Zermatt is approximately 13 miles (20.8 km), taking nearly 7 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. The duration does not include time taken to appreciate the magnificent views from the Charles Kuonen bridge. If hikers wish to explore the Europa hut, it will take an additional two-hour hike. Show more

Can you bring children on the bridge?

Parents must use their discretion when deciding to take children on the Charles Kuonen bridge. Though there is no age limit, children who are scared of heights or suffer from vertigo may find the hike challenging due to the narrow width and high elevation of the bridge. The trail is perfect for experienced hikers, and families with young children may find the Europaweg Skywalk challenging. Show more

Are there other hiking trails in the area that offer similarly stunning views of the Bernese Alps?

Valais in the Swiss Alps has various hiking trails offering awe-inspiring views of the Bernese Alps. Examples include the Mountain View Trail, which provides panoramic views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Additionally, the Niesen Summit Trail, which ascends to the Mount Niesen summit, provides stunning views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Thun. Tourists may also explore the largest glacier in the Alps, taking a cable car to the top of the Aletsch Arena. Show more

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