I feel like glass floors have been all the rage in the last few years! More and more bridges, overhangs and skywalks are opening up around the world. Just like the famous Space Race, countries are fighting over who has the best glass bridge (okay maybe not exactly the same…).
I always wonder about how they get a walk on glass floor to be so strong that it can hold multiple people at one time and on a constant basis! I’ve made a round up of the coolest glass bridges around the world you need to step on in 2020, if you dare of course.
1. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
This bridge in Zhangjiajie, China is the most famous one out there, and at the moment the longest glass bridge in the world. It is widely photographed and enjoyed by people from all over since it opened in August 2016. Let’s be honest, it looks terrifying! It hangs 300 meters above a mountain valley and is a total length of 430 meters.
Although I would definitely think twice before stepping on this bridge, it is certainly very safe. To show this they smashed one of the panels with a sledgehammer and then drove a car over it! I think I’d still feel very relieved making it to the other side though!
You can buy three types of tickets for the Zhangjiajie area: just for the Canyon, just for the glass bridge and for both. A ticket for the canyon + glass bridge costs CNY 256, which is just under 30 pound sterling.
This is definitely on my bucket list! Anyone who knows me will know that I love the mountains. In Salzburg (Austria) you can take the ‘Stairway to Nothingness‘, a 14 step staircase that offers you a very impressive view over the Dachstein Glacier.
Walk down and stand with your back towards the mountains for some of the best selfies you will ever take! The view is spectacular, especially on a clear day. Additionally to the stairway, there is a glass bottomed viewing platform and a suspension bridge. Tickets will set you back only €10,00 and includes admission to the Ice Palace.
3. Glacier Skywalk
If you are visiting Jasper National Park in Canada you can’t miss out on walking over this U-shaped overhang. Jutting out 100ft from the rocks, the Columbia Icefield Skywalk allows you to overlook the gorgeous Canadian Rockies. Looking down through the glass below you you’ll see a near-1,000ft drop (eh, no thank you), but looking up you also get beautiful views over the mountains.
I just love this from an architectural point of view, the U shape is fantastically designed. And of course the view is just breathtaking. Booking in advance saves you 10%, in which case you will pay $34 for a ticket.
Tip: Make sure to bring some binoculars, like a Vanguard! There is a chance to see some wildlife like mountain goats.
4. Haohan Qiao Bridge
Although this bridge is not the highest or the longest in the world, to me this looks like the scariest one. Probably because it is a suspension bridge and it looks quite skinny and… flimsy. The fact that it can carry 800 visitors at one time means it is definitely safe so if you are stepping on this bridge anytime soon you shouldn’t worry!
Located in Shiniuzhai National Geopark, China this bridge is named ‘Brave Men’s Bridge’. The name is well-chosen: browsing for images of this bridge you find lots with terrified people refusing to go any further!
In Chamonix, France you can step into nothingness. This triple-layered glass box allows you to get closest to the Mont Blanc as possible without crampons. Not only will the pictures look like you’re floating, the box basically gets you an all-round view of the mountains.
It is said to be the highest attraction in Europe at an altitude of 3,842m. Admission to the skywalk comes free with a lift pass to Chamonix – Aiguille du Midi 3777m. Personally this one seems the least scary to me. I think it’s because you’re not committing to crossing an entire bridge: it’s just one or a couple steps you can take. Still, I would absolutely love to step on this skywalk to overlook the impressive Alps.
Would you step on any of these?
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