Highline 179 Footbridge
Highline 179 Footbridge
Reutte, Tyrol, Austria
374 feet high / 114 meters high
1,319 foot span / 402 meter span
Opened in 2014, the spectacular Highline 179 Bridge is among the 10 longest span footbridges in Europe. It was once the longest span Tibet-style suspension bridge in the world before being surpassed by others in Nepal, Switzerland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany and China. The name comes from the bridge crossing over the famous route B179 that winds through and far beyond the borders of Tyrol, Austria. The location was chosen to allow easy access between the Ehrenberg Ruins and Fort Claudia.
The 1.2 meter wide deck is supported by four 60mm diameter cables that are held in place by 8 rock anchors to a depth of 17 meters. The foundation to foundation length is 424 meters with a clear span of 402 meters that can support up to 500 people at one time. The two abutments have an altitude difference of about 12 meters and a maximum cable sag of 20 meters at full load. This large, curving sag along the deck is part of what makes the Highline 179 special as it essentially allows the bridge engineers to avoid constructing any towers that are common on most conventional footbridges with a flat deck. Such drooping spans are common in the mountainous regions of Tibet where the higher slopes allow the center of the deck to cross a safe distance above the river surface. The Skywalk Sattel Footbridge in Switzerland and the Geierlay Footbridge in Germany are the 2nd and 3rd longest Tibet-style footbridges in the world.
Among all footbridges in the world, only 16 have a main span longer then the Highline 179. This world record footbridge span was commissioned by WLF Projekt in Austria and designed and built by STRABAG A, SwissRope, Armin Walch (architect) and Paul Nessler (structural engineer).
World's 35 Longest Footbridge Spans
1. Sky Bridge 721, Czech Republic - 721 meters
2. Skywalk Willingen, Germany – 665 meters
3. Tibetan Footbridge of Canillo, Andorra - 603 meters
4. Haizhaigou UFO Glass Footbridge, China - 600 meters
5. Gandaki Golden/Baglung Parbat, Nepal - 567 meters
6. 516 Arouca, Portugal - 516 meters
7. Wanjiazhai Dam, China - 500 meters
8. Charles Kunonen, Switzerland – 494 meters
9. Kushma Bungy, Nepal - (490) meters
10. Huangchuansanxia Glass, China - 460 meters
11. Rappbode Dam, Germany - 458 meters
12. Blackforestline of Todtnau, Germany - 450 meters
13. Tianyundu Glass Footbridge, China - (450) meters
14. Daqingshan Glass Footbridge, China - 450 meters
15. Longguwan Glass Footbridge, China - (445) meters
16. Hongyagu Glass, China - 445 meters
17. Sochi Skybridge, Russia – 439 meters
18. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass, China – 430 meters
19. Yinzuotianmeng, China – 420 meters
20. Chikhaldara Glass Skywalk, India - 407 meters
21. Ulleong Sogeumsan, South Korea - 404 meters
22. Highline 179, Austria – 402 meters
23. Mishima Grand, Japan – 400 meters
24. Kokonoe Otsurihashi, Japan - 390 meters
25. Jorullo ATV Bridge, Mexico - 380 meters
26. Ryujin, Japan - 375 meters
27. Skywalk Sattel, Switzerland - (374 meters)
28. Bega-Banduk, Nepal - 365 meters
29. Geierlay, Germany – 360 meters
30. Kushma-Mudhikuwa, Nepal - 359 meters
31. Baiheshanzhuang Footbridge, China - 358 meters
32. Bailihuang Glass Footbridge, China - 350 meters
33. Triveni Garas, Nepal - 350 meters
34. Bunwajorghat, Nepal - 350 meters
35. Shuiyuan Footbridge, China - 342 meters
The tourist attraction is open everyday of the year. You can see more at their official website:
Highline 179 Bridge render.
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Highline 179 Footbridge location map.