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World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens Across the Swiss Alps

The bridge is "for hikers with no fear of heights"

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    The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world opened in Switzerland on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The bridge spans five football fields at more than a quarter of a mile.

    The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in southern Switzerland, stretching 1620 feet as part of a trail in the Alps, NBC News reported.

    Despite its record-setting length, the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge is only 25 inches wide, with a grated surface that allows intrepid hikers to take in the drop below them -- up to 300 feet.

    After a previous bridge was damaged by falling rocks, this bridge was built to connect the towns of Grächen and Zermatt and save hikers a long detour.

    "The thrill of traversing the precipice is indescribable," Zermatt Tourism said in a news release, adding that the the bridge was "for hikers with no fear of heights."