Calling all daredevils: Switzerland opens the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world

Calling all daredevils, we have another incredible destination to add to your travel bucket list.

Just last week, Switzerland just opened the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the entire world. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge runs between the Swiss villages of Grächen and Zermatt, offering tourists some of the most stunning scenery on the planet. Photo: Zermatt Matterhorn

The bridge slices the journey time across the Swiss valley from three to four hours into to just 10 minutes.

But that's 10 minutes of heart pounding, adrenaline and extreme balance. With a length of 494 meters (or over 1620 feet), and, at most, rising a mere 2,200 meters (or 7218 feet) above sea level, the attraction is *not* for the faint of heart. After all, you're scaling between the tallest mountains in the entire country -- what else do you expect?

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Chamonix in the French Alps.

The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000 metre drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void.

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The Burj Kahlifa, the world's tallest building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Situated in downtown Dubai, the building was completed in October 2009. The building stands 829.8 metres tall, 2,722 feet. Visitors to Dubai can visit the buidling, with an observation deck on the 124th floor, named 'At the Top'. The views from the deck are stunning and give an amazing view of the surrounds of Dubai. The lift taking visitors to the deck hurtles guests at top speed and then allows them space outside to view the surrounds. There are 24,348 windows in the building. The building dominates for miles around and is truly a spectacular building of our day.

Zhangjiajie, China

Picture shows the glass-bottomed bridge across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon on June 12, 2016 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province of China. The bridge stretched 430 meters long, 6 meters wide and the biggest vertical drop was 1,430 meters under the path. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Willis Tower, Chicago.

The observation deck of the 108-story Willis Tower (formerly named the Sears Tower), January 15, 2014. Over one million people visit its observation deck each year. The 1,451-foot building is home to United Airlines's main office.

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Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia.

It's a curved pedestrian bridge built on top of Mt. Machinchang at a height of 700 meters above sea level. The bridge is suspended from a 82 meter pylon swinging out over the landscape to give visitors a unique view of the surrounding area and neighboring islands.

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Blackpool, England.

 The observation deck at the top of the tower becomes the Blackpool Tower Eye and features a skywalk made of glass overlooking the sea and the promenade.

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Zhangjiajie, China.

Aerial view of tourists walking on the 100-meter-long and 1.6-meter-wide glass skywalk clung the cliff of Tianmen Mountain (or Tianmenshan Mountain) in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park on August 1, 2016 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province of China. The Coiling Dragon Cliff skywalk, featuring a total of 99 road turns, layers after another, is the third glass skywalk on the Tianmen Mountain (or Tianmenshan Mountain).

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Auckland's Sky Tower, New Zealand.

Steeplejacks celebrate the completion of electrical and construction work on Auckland's Sky Tower.

Dachstein Mountains, Austria.

People on the 'Stairway to Nothingness' on the Dachstein Mountains.

Lion's Head, Cape Town, South Africa.

Lion's Head is known for spectacular views over both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard, and the hike to the top is particularly popular hike in the city and people hike up during full moon. Its slopes are also a popular launching point for paragliders.

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Via Ferrata, Telluride, Colorado. 

Traversing the Main Event section of the Via Ferrata. 

Capilano River, Vancouver.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge across the Capilano River in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, circa 1960.

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Royal Gorge in Colorado Springs.
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Stone Stairway, Skellig Michael, Ireland.

El Caminito del Ray, Malaga Spain.

'El Caminito del Rey', which was built in 1905 and winds through the Gaitanes Gorge, reopened last weekend after a safer footpath was installed above the original. The path, known as the most dangerous footpath in the world, was closed after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000. The restoration started in 2011 and reportedly cost 5.5 million euros.

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"The thrill experienced high over the precipice is indescribable," said Daniel Luggen, the Director of Zermatt Tourism, according to CNN.

Understandably, Zermatt's website is sending a warning to shaky travelers. "For hikers with no fear of heights. Grated way over bridge. Through this, it is possible to look into the precipice below one's feet," it boldly states.

h/t CNN

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