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The Trift Bridge in Switzerland

Walk one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the Swiss Alps for exceptional views

Best time: May–October

The Trift Bridge
The Trift Bridge
The Trift Bridge
The Trift Bridge

The Trift Bridge is a simple suspension bridge 170 metres long at a height of 100 metres. To find it you can take the cable car in Meiringen and then make a 2-hour uphill hike to reach it. It might be a little difficult, ​but you'll be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. The bridge itself is a remarkable example of Swiss engineering built in the middle of Alps.

The last cable car from the top leaves at 5 p.m. and if you miss it, you'll have to walk all the way down for about 2 hours. Hiking to the bridge is safer in the summer when there is also a higher chance for a clear sky to m​ake a good picture.

From the Trift Bridge, an alpine trail will lead you to the Swiss Alpine Club Trift hut, located on 2,520 m, which provides accommodation for travelers. The area got its name from the Trift glacier which is well visible from the bridge.

Practical info

What is the recommended time of year to visit Trift Bridge?

Trift Bridge is best visited from May to October when the weather is warmer and more stable, providing better visibility. For those planning to hike the trail, they should ensure to plan it around the last cable car from the top which leaves at 5 p.m. During winter, the trail could be too dangerous to hike due to snow and ice cover. Show more

What is the location of Trift Bridge in Switzerland?

Trift Bridge is in the Swiss Alps and accessed by taking a cable car in Meiringen then a 2-hour uphill hike. The cable car ride offers amazing views of the surrounding Swiss mountains. The bridge is 170 meters long and suspended at a height of 100 meters. Show more

How long does it take to hike to Trift Bridge?

The hike uphill to the Trift Bridge from the cable car drop-off point takes around 2 hours. It is important to be well-prepared with proper hiking gear and wear comfortable shoes since some parts of the trail can be steep and slippery. The terrain can comprise snow, gravel, or muddy conditions. Show more

What is the height of Trift Bridge?

Trift Bridge is suspended 100 meters above the ground, making it one of the highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Swiss Alps. The bridge offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and landscape and is 170 meters long. The original bridge was replaced in 2004 after getting damaged in a rockslide. Show more

Is there any accommodation near Trift Bridge?

Yes, accommodation near Trift Bridge is available at the Swiss Alpine Club Trift hut that lies at 2,520 meters above sea level. After following an alpine trail for about 2 hours from the bridge, hikers can find basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and shared dining areas. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during the peak season when the hut can get crowded. Show more

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