This bridge is not for the acrophobic.
Switzerland has opened the world's longest suspension foot bridge along a trail in the south of the country.
A Swiss tourism official said on Wednesday that the 494-metre Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge — which links the towns of Graechen and Zermatt — can cut hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least 3 hours.
Prior to the bridge opening last Saturday, alpine explorers following the trail had to descend to the town of Randa before making a second ascent because a shorter foot bridge was closed in 2010 due to unstable terrain.
Only 65 centimetres wide, the bridge — which is 85 metres above the ground at its highest point — offers hikers majestic views of the Matterhorn and other mountains as they traverse Switzerland's deepest-cut valley.
Swiss media said the structure surpasses Germany's 459-metre "Titan-RT" as the world's longest suspension bridge.
- AP, additional editing by nzherald.co.nz