With my cousin Verena we visited the Trift Bridge in Switzerland, one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges of the Alps. It is 100 meters high and 170 meters long, and is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier. Even reaching the bridge through the ravine by cable car is an adventure. After reaching the top we got out of the cable car, crossed a river and hiked for another two hours over a rough path.Actually, at some places there was no path at all. We had to climb over stones and rocks. But in the end we reached the Trift bridge in the middle of nowhere. Now there was no way back. Now we had to cross it ! Lovely panorama !
How to reach ? Copy this GPS-code in Google Maps: 46.721119, 8.318180. Get the cable car up or when you are crazing enough: go by foot. At the end of the path you will find a little bistro. There you can grab a beer and do your last pee. The next two hours you are only hiking. Along the way you will see many goats and sheep.
When global warming takes place the glaciers melt – some especially fast, such as the Trift Glacier. Just a few years ago the Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club could be reached on foot via the glacier tongue.
In 2004 a suspension bridge was built, as the glacier was no longer high enough to take visitors to the hut. The Trift Bridge, which was modeled after Nepalese three-rope bridges, turned out to be a tourist magnet and was replaced in 2009 by a safer and more accessible bridge, which is considered to be one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. The gondola train, which was originally built as a freight gondola, takes passengers up to the area where the bridge is.