Swiss open new foot bridge near Matterhorn

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Switzerland has inaugurated the world’s longest suspension foot bridge along a trail toward the famed Matterhorn that features majestic Alpine views.
A Swiss tourism official said the 494m bridge can cut hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least three hours between the south-western towns of Graechen and Zermatt.
Before Saturday’s opening, Alpine explorers had to descend into the town of Randa and scale another ascent since a shorter bridge was closed in 2010 due to unstable terrain.
Only 65cm wide, the bridge soars as high as 85m above the ground, traversing over the deepest-cut valley in Switzerland. Swiss media said the structure surpasses Germany’s 459m Titan-RT as the world’s longest suspension bridge. AP

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