This network of pathways is characterized by a steel cable that visitors latch onto, usually with climbing equipment, which helps when the bridges and footholds turn to pure rock face. The routes vary in length, difficulty and altitude.
El Caminito del Rey—Spain
Also known as the King’s Little Pathway, it’s a narrow walkway is called “the most dangerous path in the world”. Originally constructed as a route for hydroelectric power plant workers, the meager trail was closed in 2000. However, with fortified paths and safety measures, it has been reopened recently.
Located in the Anhui province of China, Huangshan Mountain is famous for stunning vistas, wild granite spires and a terrifying walkway. With a total elevation of 6,115 feet, the treacherous walkway affixed to the rock face gets dizzyingly high at points and the meager handrails don’t offer much comfort.
Tower Bridge Glass Walkway—England
A sheet of glass lines the walkway of the recently opened addition to the Tower Bridge in London. The addition puts visitors 140 feet above the River Thames and gives them a good look at the traffic rushing by below.
Titlis Cliff Walk—Switzerland
Set alongside the tallest mountain in the Swiss Alps — Mount Titlis, this incredible bridge is a whopping 1,640 feet up from the ground below. It is said to be the highest suspension bridge in Europe. The views here are absolutely stunning, but crossing is frightening to say the least.
Perched at an extreme height of almost 5,000 feet, this walkway would be frightening without the sections of glass flooring. Take the path and step out onto the 200-foot-long section of transparent glass where you can see mountains beneath your feet. The 2.5-inch thick glass is projected to withstand your weight and unexpected rock fall from above.
Cliffwalk in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park—Vancouver, Canada
The Capilano Cliffwalk brings visitors deep into the park and far over the forest—reaching 300 feet high at points. Some points of the novel walkway are transparent, made of reinforced glass, for a memorable — and frightening — view.
Hua Shan Plank Walk—China
Hua Shan plank walk on Mount Hua may be the most notoriously terrifying mountainside trail in the world. The rickety old boards and steep rock face trails have led to many deadly accidents, but recent safety improvements have minimized the risk.
Certainly not a good spot for the acrophobes, this walkway, juts out over the Austrian Alps, allows visitors to experience a mountain panorama unlike any other. Hanging over the side of the Hunerkogel rock face, it’s a 820-foot straight drop down.
Also set in the Italian Dolomites, this suspension bridge along Monte Cristallo’s Ivano Dibona route is one of the most famous and terrifying in the area. Frequently called “Cliff Hanger,” the bridge is one of the longest in the area.