Check out 8 of the world’s wonderful glass bridges

These jaw-dropping platforms let you ‘hover’ over some of the world’s most incredible scenery.
Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – Step Into the Void
Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – Step Into the Void © B. Delapierre
By Will Gray

From the Rockies to the Alps, there is a growing demand for a new dimension in the way we take in the scenery.

Led by the Chinese, there are now glass platforms, walkways and bridges appearing in spectacular locations all around the world. These are some of the best ones out there.

Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – Step Into the Void

 Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – Step Into the Void
Aiguille du Midi Skywalk – Step Into the Void © B. Delapierre

Type: Glass box
Location: Chamonix, France
Opened: December, 2013

At an altitude of 3,842m, this 12mm-thick triple-layered glass box claims to be the highest attraction in Europe and is the closest you can get to Mont Blanc without crampons. It looks down on the Bossons Glacier – and the souvenir selfie makes it look like you’re floating in air.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

The Zhangijaje glass bridge in China
The Zhangijaje glass bridge in China © Getty Images
Testing the Zhangijaje glass bridge in China
Testing the Zhangijaje glass bridge in China © Getty Images

Type: Glass Bridge
Location: Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Opened: August, 2016

This terrifying 430m walkway sits 300m above a lush mountain valley and is currently the world’s longest glass bridge. To prove its safety, a car was driven over it after one of the panels was smashed with a sledgehammer.

Glacier Skywalk

Glacier Skywalk in Canada's Jasper National Park
Glacier Skywalk in Canada's Jasper National Park © Getty Images
Glacier Skywalk in Canada's Jasper National Park
Glacier Skywalk in Canada's Jasper National Park © Getty Images

Type: Glass overhang
Location: Jasper National Park, Canada
Opened: April, 2014

This U-shaped walkway juts out 100ft from the rocks, giving visitors a chance to look straight down over a near-1,000ft drop at its outermost point. If you look up, you also get stunning views of the Canadian Rockies.

Tianmen Mountain

China's amazing cliff-hugging Tianmen Mountain
China's amazing cliff-hugging Tianmen Mountain © Getty Images
The cliff-hugging Tianmen Mountain walkway
The cliff-hugging Tianmen Mountain walkway © Getty Images

Type: Cliffside glass walkway
Location: Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
Opened: November, 2011 (most recent path opened August, 2016)

Clinging to vertical cliffs at an altitude of 1.4km, this jaw-dropping walkway includes THREE incredible glass sections – including the 100m-long ‘Coiled Dragon Cliff’. It can be found just 85km from the Zhangjiajie glass bridge.

Dachstein Skywalk

The view down from the Dachstein Skywalk bridge to nowhere
Dachstein Skywalk bridge to nowhere © Getty Images
Dachstein Skywalk bridge to nowhere
Dachstein Skywalk bridge to nowhere © Getty Images

Type: Glass overhang
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Opened: July, 2013

This aerial wonderland sits at 2,700m in the Alps and consists of a glass bottomed viewing platform, a suspension bridge and the ‘Stairway to Nothingness’ – an infeasible looking precipice of 14 steps offers a dramatic view over the Dachstein Glacier.

 

Ngong Ping 360

Hong Kong's Ngong Ping 360 cable car
Hong Kong's Ngong Ping 360 cable car © Getty Images
Ngong Ping 360 cable car
Ngong Ping 360 cable car © Getty Images

Type: Glass bottom cable car
Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Opened: September, 2006

This glass floor cable car gives an adrenalin rush as it climbs up over the harbour and the forested mountains on a 5.7km ride to the giant Tian Tan Buddha. But perhaps more scary is that one empty cabin fell off in a test back in 2007 – although the operators were changed after that incident...

House on the Rock Infinity Room

House on the Rock Infinity Room
House on the Rock Infinity Room © House on the Rock
House on the Rock Infinity Room in Wisconsin
House on the Rock Infinity Room in Wisconsin © House on the Rock

Type: Glass pane on a precipice
Location: Between Dodgevill and Spring Green, Wisconsin
Opened: 1985

The Infinity Room juts out 66m from the bizarre curiosity complex called House on the Rock. Envisioned by Alex Jordan in the 1940s, it has 3,264 windows and is counter balanced by 100m of concrete, with a glass section looking down 47m to the valley below.

Haohan Qiao Bridge

Visitors on the Haohan Qiao Bridge
Visitors on the Haohan Qiao Bridge © Getty Images
China's canyon-spanning Haohan Qiao Bridge
China's canyon-spanning Haohan Qiao Bridge © Getty Images

Type: Glass Suspension Bridge
Location: Shiniuzhai National Geopark, Pingjiang county, Hunan, China
Opened: September, 2015

Some 180m above the valley floor, this 300m structure is named ‘Brave Men’s Bridge’ and not for nothing. Originally constructed out of wood, it now has 24mm thick glass panes and can carry 800 visitors at a time.

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