World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

Visitors to Germany’s Harz Mountains will now be able to walk along the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge which stretches 458 metres across the Rappbode Dam.

The bridge, dubbed the Titan-RT, was officially opened to the public at a ceremony near the town of Oberharz am Brocken on Sunday, May 7.

The imposing structure stretches some 100 metres above the waters of Germany’s highest reservoir, the Rappbode Dam, and is built to undulate with shifts in weight and movement.

The opening follows almost five years of planning and construction.

Maik Berke, owner of bridge operator Harzdrenalin, said: “It is the longest suspension bridge of its kind … my greatest hope is that people leave the bridge with a smile on their face.”

The cable construction, with a pulling force of 947 tons, is anchored in slate rock on both sides of the Rappbode valley.

Harzdrenalin said daredevils will have the option of doing a 75-metre pendulum jump from the structure. A new visitor centre is also being built at the site.

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