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Circular Hike to the Suspension Bridge in Randa (Nr. 69)

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  • The longest suspension bridge in the world above Randa
    / The longest suspension bridge in the world above Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Valentin Flauraud
  • / It is an experience at any time of day
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Valentin Flauraud
  • / Traverse of the bridge - head for heights is required
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Valentin Flauraud
  • / Bird's-eye-perspective - and below is the village Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Valentin Flauraud
  • / Europa Hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Europahütte
  • / Situation of the suspension bridge
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gemeinde Randa
  • / Offizieller Trailer - Längste Hängebrücke der Welt
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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The circular hike to the Randa Suspension Bridge goes through larchwood forests and leads to an imposing record construction: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps.
moderate
Distance 8.6 km
4:00 h
988 m
988 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

For a practice tour, the shorter suspension bridge above Zermatt at Furi is just right. At 100 m long, it crosses the Gorner Gorge and is 90 m high at its highest point.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: August 16, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,267 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
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Rest Stop

Europahütte

Safety information

  • 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

www.europaweg.ch

Possibilities for parking

Start

Randa (1,439 m) (1,409 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'626'535E 1'105'443N
DD
46.099973, 7.781770
DMS
46°05'59.9"N 7°46'54.4"E
UTM
32T 405839 5105876
w3w 
///jumpy.beginning.crumbles

Destination

Randa (1,439 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa (station) – Hauspil – Suspension Bridge – Europa hut– descente on the path to Gere – Randa (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 4h 30)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Rundwanderung Hängebrücke Randa”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

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/

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'626'535E 1'105'443N
DD
46.099973, 7.781770
DMS
46°05'59.9"N 7°46'54.4"E
UTM
32T 405839 5105876
w3w 
///jumpy.beginning.crumbles
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Water and provisions
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Questions and answers

Question from Sabrina Weber · August 21, 2021 · Community
gibt es Grill/Feuerstellen entlang des Europawegs? :)
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Answered by Andreas Thoma · August 21, 2021 · Community
Hallo Sabrina, bin mir nicht mehr sicher, ob es am Weg Feuerstellen gibt, aber ich glaube schon
Question from Pit Mic · May 20, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag , ist die "Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke Morgen am 21.mai Zugänglich / offen ? Gruss, Peter
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Answered by Isa Saner · May 20, 2020 · Community
Ja der Rundweg ab Randa ist offen. Nur der Europaweg ist noch geschlossen

Rating

4.5
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Petra Weber 
August 11, 2021 · Community
Grossartige Brücke, auch wenn nicht mehr die längste der Welt. Aufstieg war erstaunlich locker und schneller als gedacht, doch der Abstieg ist steil, steinig und lang. Wanderstöcke bewähren sich da wirklich.
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When did you do this route? August 11, 2021
Photo: Petra Weber, Community
Roland Meditz
December 19, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? August 17, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
988 m
Descent
988 m
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