New experiences are still a part of the travelling journey that appears to be almighty. These beautiful skywalks and observation platforms worldwide can give you the right feeling of what it’s like to be “walking in the sunshine” without taking things lightly.
Only picture speed running up a mountain (unfortunately, some of the mountain roads have recently begun to come with a curfew) and unexpectedly remembering, with a paralyzing joy. A thousand meters below, there is a startling distance between you and the celestial landscape. This is the sensation you get when you hit Five Fingers in Dachstein, an original platform majestically suspended over Austria’s Hallstatt. For this article, the translucent bottom surface of one of the “fingers” was part of the inspiration.
In our quest for thrills, we began asking how many identical skywalks worth trying are out there and noticed quite a few. This is definitely an incomplete list”, but if you happen to know any other spectacular “lookout” spots, feel free to chip in and help us out.
Five Fingers Platform, Austrian Alps
This adrenaline-rush platform provides broad views of the Alps and the small town of Hallstatt below, stretching out like a five-fingered hand over a 400-meter vertical drop. Each of the “fingers” was conceived; differently, one of the platforms is wholly made of glass. Another has a Baroque portrait frame allowing images to be taken by visitors-we to let you explore the rest.
By catching a cable ride from the Ice Caves to the Level 2 Station and following The Experience Trail straight to 5 Fingers (maximum 20-minute walk), the Five Fingers platform over Hallstatt is available. From Hallstatt, we reached it by foot, but the rangers frowned on it, and the trail is not marked, so be careful. For one human, the current cost for an ascent/descent is 28 Euros.
Its position has been identified as between Heaven and the Höllental Valley somewhere.” A more realistic approach to determining this platform’s position will show that it sits proudly overlooking a drop of 1000 meters, at the base of the Alpspitze plateau, just above the Alpspitzbahn lift station the Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg. Two steel beams that form a floating X make up the extraordinary viewing spot. It is said that the bridge is 25 meters high.
Thanks to cable cars, this experience is open to everyone and is also paired with easy walking. For families, a walk along the Gipfel-Erlebnisweg-Summer Adventure Trail around Osterfelderkopf is particularly suitable. It is also possible to merge the Genuss-Erlebnisweg-Pleasure Trail from the Alpspitzbahn lifts’ top station to the Kreuzeckbahn lifts’ top station stunning views from the AlpspiX. For this season, here are the costs.
The Tianmen Mountain Skywalk, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
The Glass Skywalk in the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie, China, seems mostly made for the fearless. But it is also 6.35 centimetres thick (2.5 inches) to walk on this incredible route, suspended 1,430 meters high up in the air (about 4 691.6 feet), making it easy for visitors to avalanche.
The Tianmen Mountain Skywalk has exciting views of the surrounding mountains, not to mention the ones below your feet. This is one reason why the cleaners of the path make tourists wear fabric shoes over their shoes to make their jobs smoother and less terrifying. The bridge is about 200 feet (61 meters) long. Its incredible height makes it easy for travellers to gaze at the mountain peaks below.
A suspended platform at Iguazu Falls (Brazil and Argentina)
Two hundred waterfalls make up part of the Brazil-Argentina border, with 20 cliffs on either side. Iguazu Falls’ suspended platform places tourists so close to the falls that they can experience the spray of the water as they gaze out over the falls in wonder and reverence.
The Golden Bridge, Vietnam
A golden pedestrian bridge newly opened at the Bà Nà Hills mountain resort just outside Da Nang, Vietnam, appears to be suspended by two giant paws. Two outstretched palms that have been weathered with cracks and moss to lend the impression of age are the 500-foot bridge. Visitors will gaze out over the rolling mountains at an altitude of about 4,600 feet above sea level as they stroll along with the attraction and drink in the elegance of the light purple Lobelia Chrysanthemum flowers that surround the circumference of the building. The bridge is part of $2 billion to attract more tourists to the city, joining the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Park and the French Gardens.
What an inspired name for this hypnotic 100-meter-long bridge defying the 1,300ft (396 meters) drop below and situated at the Dachstein Glacier resort in the Austrian Alps. Stairway to nothingness. The bridge meanders across the mountain range, made for travellers with steel nerves, then descends 14 steps onto a glass viewing platform. It took six months to build an unusual bridge, and it is now the tallest in Austria.
Step into the void, French Alps
Step Into The Void is a mountainous skywalk located at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak, near Chamonix, in southeastern France. Told to be incited by the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a minimalist glass box consists of this vertigo-inducing installation. It has a see-through rim, providing panoramic views of the French Alps without obstruction.
With nothing remaining between them and the blissful vacuum of one kilometre (a sheer plunge of 12,604ft) than a glass platform of 12 mm (1/2 inch) enforced by steel frames, these one experience travellers are unlikely to ever forget.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk, located 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Colorado River, is an ingenious building constructed in 2007. The definition is easy: you walk over the canyon on a clear path, and you feel like practically stepping on the skies. Fascinated?
The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West, completed in March 2007, has quickly become one of the best day trip attractions from Las Vegas, NV, and Kingman, AZ, and has become the world’s most recognized cantilever system.
The Peak of Tyrol is a mountain-top observation platform situated one hour away from Innsbruck, Austria, in the Stubai Glacier, Tirol Alps. On the Great Isidor, which is strategically located in the Stubai Glacier, the groundbreaking project completed in 2008 by Astearchitecture separates it into the western half and the eastern half.
Located at an impressive altitude of 3200 meters above sea level, near the Schaufeljoch mountain resort (at an altitude of 3180 meters), the Peak of Tirol has a spectacular location, providing a stunning 360-degree panorama ranging from the Zillertal and Stubai Alps to the Dolomites and Chalk Alps.