The path begins at the Randa train station, where the "Europabrücke" signs point in the correct direction. Through larchwood forests and past the "Hohtschugga" viewing point, hikers reach the "Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge". At 494 m, it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps. It takes almost 10 minutes to cross it and in the middle, swaying walkers are at the highest point: 85 m above the Grabengufer. After crossing, the path continues right back to Randa. As an option, one could make a detour to the Europa hut after the bridge.
- Suitable for the entire family
- One may not have a fear of heights
- The crossing of the bridge is free of charge
- Viewing point from "Hohtschugga" at 1,749 m
- The Europa hut (built 1998/1999) stands on stilts
- The Europa hut is on the Europa path, as the name suggests, and thus also on the Monte Rosa tour.
- Avoid the bridge during storms (thunder and lightning)
- Not having a fear of heights is an advantage. Find out whether children and or dogs would cross the bridge (grated walkway); see the “Tip from the author” section.
- Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
- Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
- Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
- Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
- Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
- Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
If the bridge is open or not can be seen online: www.europaweg.ch
Tips and hints
Getting thereThe drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.
There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.
More parking spaces are available as follows: www.europaweg.ch/en/parking-in-randa/
- Good, sturdy footwear
- Water and provisions
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)