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Furi Suspension Bridge Trail (Nr. 17a)

· 3 reviews · Theme trail · Switzerland
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  • A highlight of the hike – crossing the suspension bridge
    / A highlight of the hike – crossing the suspension bridge
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / "Schweizer Familie" barbecue site with playground
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Cosy picnic with the family
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Playground near the glacier garden
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / In the heart of the Dossen glacier garden
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
ft 7200 7000 6800 6600 6400 6200 6000 1,6 1,4 1,2 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 mi Feuerstelle Gletschergarten Dossen Farmerhaus Gletschergarten Dossen Weiler Furi Spielplatz Gletschergarten Dossen Les Marmottes Furri Simi

The suspension footbridge soars 90 vertical metres above the Gornerschlucht gorge. The view down to the foaming water of the Gornera river reveals the tremendous natural forces at work.
easy
2.9 km
1:00 h
138 m
138 m

Starting in Furi, the trail first leads through the hamlet and then up to the pioneer landscape with larch trees. A wooden walkway leads over a small stream. The path then continues through bushes, a small patch of moorland and a landscape of rocks, rubble and scree. 

The 100-metre-long suspension bridge, made of a lattice and cables of steel, leads from one side of the valley to the other. It’s completely safe to cross, but still require a little courage and a fairly good head for heights. Once on the other side, walkers find themselves once again in an idyllic mountain forest with larches, Swiss stone pines and squirrels.

At the Gletschergarten Dossen (Dossen glacier garden), visitors can see what a glacier normally conceals: boulders polished smooth, glacial mills and strange rock formations.

  • Further information on the “Furi – a world full of experiences” is also available online
  • Dossen glacier garden with glacial mills and information panels
  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • Playground and barbecue sites nearby
  • Suspension bridge closed in winter

Author’s recommendation

Do not forget to pack a picnic or something to put on the grill. Firewood is available.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1960 m
Lowest point
1828 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Simi

Safety information

  • 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.

Note: Walkers who do not have a good head for heights may follow an alternative route bypassing the suspension footbridge.

Start

Furi (1,867 m) (1866 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.001439, 7.731639
DMS
46°00'05.2"N 7°43'53.9"E
UTM
32T 401790 5094989
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Destination

Furi (1,867 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Furi - suspension bridge - barbecue site - glacier garden - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 15)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Hängebrückenweg Furi”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 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 Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

DD
46.001439, 7.731639
DMS
46°00'05.2"N 7°43'53.9"E
UTM
32T 401790 5094989
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Reviews

4.3
(3)
Christoph Zurbruegg
June 24, 2020 · Community
Done at June 24, 2020
Marek Benes 
September 27, 2019 · Community
Done at September 23, 2019

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.9 km
Duration
1:00h
Ascent
138 m
Descent
138 m
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