Glacier 3000 opens new mountaintop bridge
The new ‘Peak Walk’ at Glacier 3000, the world’s first suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks, was inaugurated in the canton of Vaud on Friday.
The 1.8 million-franc bridge was unveiled in a ceremony and press conference at Restaurant Botta on top of Glacier 3000, the mountain resort that lies between Les Diablerets and Gstaad.
The 107-metre suspension bridge connects Glacier 3000 with Scex Rouge, becoming the only suspension bridge in the world to connect two peaks.
The bridge “is a unique addition to our destination," Glacier 3000 CEO Bernhard Tschannen said in a statement.
"It is a touristic highlight that is important for our position in the Asian and European market.”
Construction on the bridge began in September after bad weather over the summer period presented the team planning the project with “a significant challenge”, said Tschannen at the time.
The bridge is open to the public year-round and entrance is free.
The bridge will be able to hold up to 300 people at a time, though numbers will usually be limited to a more comfortable 150.
It is designed to withstand the extreme conditions often seen at Glacier 3000, including snow and winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.
A year-round playground, Glacier 3000 already has a number of attractions including a summer toboggan run, a snow bus and a fun park.
View a video of the peak walk here: