11 Suspension Bridges In Switzerland For Thrill-Seekers

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Switzerland’s countless mountain peaks are often home to thrilling adventures and suspension bridges are high on that list. Walking across hanging bridges hundreds, sometimes thousands, of meters up in the air is as exciting as it sounds and it’s certainly not for those faint of heart!

The suspension bridges in Switzerland range from short walks over rivers to the tallest and longest pedestrian bridges in Europe. This guide covers all the best and most exciting suspension bridges in Switzerland, so keep reading if you’re up for an epic adventure!

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

The Charles Kuonen bridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge not just in Switzerland, but in the Alps. It is nearly 500 meters long, which also makes it the third-longest pedestrian bridge in the world. It is situated in Randa, Switzerland, and it allows walkers to cross over the Zermatt – Matterhorn valley. The highest point of the bridge is 85 meters. 

The bridge is accessible by hiking trails from Randa, and it’s actually part of Europaweg, a two-day hiking trail between Grächen and Zermatt. The bridge is about halfway between Zermatt and Grächen, and it takes about 6-7 hours to reach it from either direction. If you’re hiking from Randa, this suspension bridge is only 2-3 hours away. 

The Charles Kuonen suspension bridge is open only between May and October. It’s not recommended to cross the bridge in stormy weather, so be sure to check the weather forecast if you have plans to walk across it. 

Titlis Cliff Walk

Titlis Cliff Walk
Titlis Cliff Walk

The Titlis Cliff Walk is considered Europe’s highest suspension bridge. It’s built over the cliff of Mount Titlis at an altitude of some 3,000 meters above sea level. The Titlis bridge spans a total distance of some 100 meters, and it is only a meter wide. 

This Swiss suspension bridge is situated in Engelberg and it is easily accessible by chair lifts. The bridge is directly next to the top station of the Ice Flyer lift and it is open year-round, so you can visit the bridge whenever you like. Access to the bridge is restricted in bad weather for safety reasons. 

The cliff walk at Mount Titlis is a fabulous experience that offers panoramic views of the many surrounding mountains. It’s definitely not for those who are even a little bit afraid of heights, considering that it happens to be the highest suspension bridge in Europe. 

Tissot Peak Walk

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Peak Cliff Walk at Glacier 3000, Gstaad

Peak Walk by Tissot is a suspension bridge near the Swiss town of Gstaad. It connects two mountain peaks in the Bernese Oberland, and it is the only suspension bridge of its kind in the world. The Peak Walk is easily accessible by cable car and you can start walking on the bridge as soon as you get off at the top station. 

The bridge is 107 meters long and 80 cm wide, so you can walk over the bridge in just a couple of minutes. Most people take a lot longer to cross the bridge though because they get distracted by the spectacular views of the Bernese Alps. There is nothing quite like the sight of the tall peaks of the Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau from this suspension bridge. 

It’s worth noting that the Tissot Peak Walk is accessible year-round, depending on the weather conditions of course. Access to the bridge is restricted in bad weather, particularly when there is a lot of rain or snow that can make it outright dangerous to walk over a hanging bridge. Also, there’s no entrance fee for this adventure – anyone can walk over the bridge free of charge! You just have to get to it.

Raiffeisen Skywalk Suspension Bridge

Skywalk Suspension Bridge
Raiffeisen Skywalk Suspension Bridge

The Raiffeisen Skywalk Suspension Bridge is situated above the Lauitobel Gorge in Sattel, Switzerland. The bridge is 374 meters long, which makes it one of the longest Swiss suspension bridges in the country. It hangs approximately 58 meters over the gorge, so it’s definitely not suitable for those who are afraid of heights. 

The entrance to the bridge is directly next to the Stuckli Rondo station of the Mostelberg gondola, so the Skywalk is easily accessible even to non-hikers. It’s worth noting that the suspension bridge observes the same operating times as the gondola, so you can only walk it from 9 AM to 5 PM. During the summer season, the gondola and the bridge often stay open until 6 PM. 

The good news is that you don’t have to ride the gondola to access the bridge – it’s part of a loop hiking trail on Mostelberg, and you can continue to follow the path after you’ve crossed over the bridge. 

Carasc Tibetan Bridge

If you are in the south of Switzerland, why not head to the Carasc Tibetan Bridge in Tessin. This is another suspension bridge that links to small communities, this time Sementina and Monte Carasso. The bridge is 270 meters long, and hangs 130 above the ground. So, it is certainly nothing to scoff at.

The easiest way to reach the Carasch Bridge is to catch the cable car from Monte Carasco up to the town of Curzútt and then walk from there. There is also a longer walk from the valley floor, but both routes come to the bridge one way or another, you just have to choose how long you want to hike for.

Goms Bridge

Goms Suspension Bridge in Valais
Goms Suspension Bridge in Valais – image via Wikimedia

Another impressively long suspension bridge in Switzerland is the so-called Goms Bridge. It is 280 meters long and connects the villages of Fürgangen and Mühlebach high above the beginnings of the Rhone river in Valais.

The suspension bridge itself is worth the visit, but so to is the nearby village of Mühlebach. Mühlebach is one of the oldest wooden villages in the country and features some stunning Tell frescoes from as far back as 1578. Yes, the buildings in this village are really that old.

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So, not only do you get to enjoy a great hike with a fun bridge with great views, you also get a little bit of culture while you are at it.

Belalp-Riederalp Bridge

Belalp-Riederalp Suspension Bridge
Belalp-Riederalp

The Belalp-Riederalp suspension bridge is a popular pedestrian bridge in the Aletsch region. It hangs 80 meters above the Massa Gorge, boasting spectacular scenery around and below the bridge. 

This pedestrian bridge is 124 meters long and it offers spectacular views of the Aletsch glacier along the way. The glacier is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the entire country.  

It’s worth noting that this suspension bridge is part of a much longer hiking trail from Belalp to Riederalp (or vice versa). The bridge is approximately at the halfway point of the hike, and it takes around 2-3 hours to reach it from either direction. The total length of the hiking trail from Belalp to Riederalp is around 5-6 hours and it’s generally a popular hike in the region. 

It’s worth noting that a good chunk of the trail is over exposed terrain (including the bridge), so sun protection is highly recommended. 

Sigriswil Suspension Bridge

Sigriswil Suspension Bridge
Sigriswil Suspension Bridge

The Sigriswil bridge is a long pedestrian footbridge over a gorge, which boasts fabulous panoramic views of Lake Thun and the mountains in the Bernese Alps like the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The bridge is part of the panorama Lake Thun trail, which is one of the most popular hikes in this area. 

This bridge is 340 meters long, so it’s one of the longest suspension bridges in Switzerland. It connects Sigriswil with Aeschlen and hangs some 180 meters above the gorge, so don’t look down if you’re even a little bit afraid of heights. 

The suspension bridge is easily accessible from the nearby villages and towns, so you can just head to Sigriswil and easily cross it. Alternatively, you can attempt to hike the entire panorama of the Lake Thun trail – it’s a long-distance hike of 60km+ that explores the length of Lake Thun and its surroundings. 

Trift Suspension Bridge

Trift Suspension Bridge
Trift Suspension Bridge

Trift Bridge is a suspension bridge over the lake at the head of the Trift Glacier in Gadmen. It is easily accessible by a hiking trail from the nearby cable car station, which is approximately an hour and a half away from the bridge. The hike is relatively easy, the views along the way are stunning, plus you get a bird’s eye view of the valley during the cable car ride. 

It’s also possible to reach the bridge without taking the cable car, but this is an option only for very experienced hikers. It takes about two hours to reach the top gondola station from the trailhead, plus the trail is quite rocky and steep with a scramble at certain parts. 

I’d recommend you plan out this hike if you plan on taking the cable car because it can be a bit crowded during peak season. It’s best to buy tickets online, and you will be required to select a time slot for the return trip. Also, the last gondola from the bridge back to Gadmen is at 5 PM – the entire hike to and from the station takes around 4 hours, so it’s best to do the hike early in the morning. 

When we did this hike many years ago it was super busy, and that was before Instagram boomed. Also, keep in mind that the cable car is tiny and the line can be very long. We came back down in a high wind and it is not an experience I would enjoy repeating!

Salbit Suspension Bridge

Salbit Suspension Bridge – image via Wikipedia

The Salbit Suspension Bridge is one of the more remote suspension bridges in Switzerland, so the perfect destination for hikers and trekkers who love exploring off the beaten path. The bridge is part of a hiking trail between the Voralp hut and Salbit hut, and walking it is an experience only for seasoned hikers. 

It’s best to plan a two-day hike and stay at the Salbit hut if you really want to walk this bridge. The wooden footbridge is the safest and easiest part of the entire trail, which also includes via Ferratas and ladders on the rock face. So, if you don’t like heights, this suspension bridge is definitely not for you. 

The bridge can also be included on a loop hike from Göschenen. In total, it takes around 7-8 hours to complete the entire journey, which is doable if the weather is nice. Do not attempt this hike in stormy or foggy weather – the conditions are outright deadly. 

Furi Suspension Bridge – Hängebrückenweg

Furi Suspension Bridge in Zermatt
Furi Suspension Bridge in Zermatt

The Furi suspension bridge hangs 90 meters over the Gorner Gorge and offers spectacular views of the rushing Gornera river below. The bridge is some 100 meters long, and it’s part of a longer, one-hour walk in the Zermatt area. 

The hike starts in the Furi hamlet, where you can discover the traces of the famous Gorner Glacier. Crossing the bridge is one of the first things you’ll do on this 3-kilometer hike, which normally doesn’t take more than an hour to complete. 

The ideal time to do this hike and walk over the Furi suspension bridge is between June and October. The bridge is situated in a high-altitude area, so nice and warm weather is key for easy and safe access. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the longest suspension bridge in Switzerland?

The longest suspension bridge in Switzerland is the The Charles Kuonen bridge above the town of Randa, near Zermatt.

How Do You Get to Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge?

To get to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge you have to hike up for about 2 hours from the town of Randa, which is around 20 minutes train ride from Zermatt.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

2 thoughts on “11 Suspension Bridges In Switzerland For Thrill-Seekers

  1. Which suspension bridge to hike if you only have 2 days in Switzerland?
    Can I hike both Charles Kuonen and Sigriswil bridge?

    1. Sigriswil is quite easy to get to without doing any hiking. You just get a bus there and cross it. Charles Kuonen is a longer hike, around 4 hours, from Randa outside Zermatt. That is miles away from Sigriswil, which is near Interlaken. Although you might manage both in one day, I do not see the point.

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