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EPA/Valentin Flauraud
A leisurely stroll.
A WALK IN THE PARK

A dizzyingly long footbridge connects two towns in the Swiss Alps. See it from a drone’s eye-view

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

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Dangling nearly 300 feet (85 meters) in the air, the Europabrücke, or “Europe bridge” is a new addition to the hiker’s trail linking the towns of Zermatt and Grächen in the Swiss Alps. At a half-kilometer-long (about one-third of a mile) the suspension footbridge is being touted by the local tourism board as the longest in the world.

European Pressphoto Agency photographer Valentin Flauraud visited the bridge after its inauguration this weekend to capture its vertigo-inducing views with the help of a drone.

EPA/Valentin Flauraud
A drone view of one of the ends of the bridge.
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
The view from walking on the bridge.
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
Hikers on the bridge at sunset.
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
An aerial view of the bridge
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
The bridge cuts across a valley that typically had to be be crossed up and down on foot.
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
At its highest point from the ground, the drop from the bridge is 278 feet (85 meters) down.
EPA/Valentin Flauraud
The Europabrücke will allow hikers to avoid an adurous descent and climb through a valley while traversing between the towns of Zermatt and Grächen.
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