Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge – It’s Very Long

charles kuonen suspension bridge randa

In the summer of 2017, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world was opened above Randa, just near Zermatt, in Switzerland. It is nearly 500m long (494m to be exact) and hangs some 85 meters above the ground. Although, given it is on the side of a steep mountain, the feeling is that it is much much higher!

The bridge was crated to replace the former hiking path, part of the Europaweg, that collapsed and made hiking in that part of Wallis quite difficult.

 

 

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The longest pedestrian suspension bridge

charles kuonen pedestrian suspension bridge

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge Hike

The first thing that should be said about this hike is that it is not difficult, if you are fit and an experienced hiker. Anyone can do it, but it’s not a walk in the park. 

Why? Because it is rises and descends nearly 1000m (978 meters / 3211 ft) and quite quickly. So, the going is quite steep, and the path is not like a mountain trail – ie. not smooth and easy.

With that being said, if you give yourself enough time, you can do this hike in around 4 hours total. From Randa, up to the bridge, and then down the other side.

Of course, you will want to take some pictures once you are at the suspension bridge, so give yourself 5-6 hours in total. 

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Getting There

The hike starts in Randa, which is very close to Zermatt. We overnighted there when we did the hike, however, it is a 17 minute train ride from Zermatt to Randa. So, very easy to reach if you are in the area.

If you come by car, there are some parking lots around town. Just be aware that this is a very popular hike in summer, and Randa is a small town.

I recommend to come early to ensure you get a spot. Especially since the hike is steep and hot in summer, you will appreciate the cool morning air. And, less crowds on the bridge when you arrive.

Details

Hiking Time
4 hours round-trip
Distance
8.6km
Ascent
980m
Descent
980m
Difficulty
Moderate
Starting Point
Randa
Public Transport
Train to Randa (see map below)
Parking
Parking options in Randa (see map below)