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.

The Europabruecke traverses the deepest-cut valley in Switzerland. Photo / AP
The Europabruecke traverses the deepest-cut valley in Switzerland. Photo / AP

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.

People walk on the Europabruecke. Photo / AP
People walk on the Europabruecke. Photo / AP

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.

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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.

Using the Europabruecke can cut hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least 3 hours. Photo / AP
Using the Europabruecke can cut hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least 3 hours. Photo / AP

- AP, additional editing by nzherald.co.nz