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One of the longest suspension bridges in the world Pedestrian use is the Highline179 in the Austrian Tyrol, very close to the border with Germany. A bridge that not only serves to unite mountains. It unites castles and ancient fortresses with several hundred years of history. It also represents a great hiking route suitable for any type of public.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

The longest suspension bridges in the world, the Highline179

He Highline179 suspension bridge It is located in the Austrian Tyrol, south of the town of Reutte. With a length of 406 meters and a height of 114.6 meters it is seen from several kilometers away. Therefore it is not suitable for people with fear of height.

However, the bridge is very stable despite its length. It moves little, depending on the number of people crossing it at the same time, but for security reasons the limit imposed is 500 people. This is controlled by two control points at both ends through turnstiles.

The route to the Highline179

Do not think that this is about arriving by car and kissing the saint. To get to the bridge, the first thing we have to do is leave our vehicle in a parking lot, the cost of which is 4€. From here we will buy tickets from an automatic stand or at the visitor center. The cost is 8€ per person and allows to enter and exit twice.

Bought the tickets, we have to make a small hiking trail of about 2 kilometers in length (20 min) and about 120 meters of unevenness until the Ehrenberg Castle. Right at its entrance are the turnstiles to access the Highline179.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

From here the ideal is to cross the bridge and then return to visit the castle or even climb to theSchlossberg Burgenwelt Ehrenberg. Since there is not much left of it, people prefer not to walk anymore since then you have to go down to the parking lot.

One of the longest suspension bridges in the world

At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, until another bridge of similar characteristics was built in Randa, Switzerland with 494m in length. Of course, in height does not exceed it by being only 85 meters.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

After passing the turnstiles and see that we are in the quota of 500 people, we started walking through this metal structure. At first it looks very stable, until little by little it moves a few centimeters on each side, but always smoothly, without dizziness. The bridge is definitely safe, but my partner begins to have some fear and does not hesitate to hold on to the railing.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

The truth that looking at the floor, almost transparent or simply looking at each side, imposes a lot of respect. If there was no railing I did not pass or crazy despite its 1.2 meters wide.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

The views on both sides are very good, always highlighting the green fields and the great mountains. But attention, as the bridge moves constantly, we must shoot the photos as quickly as possible so that they do not come out moved.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

Once crossed and on the mainland, we take a break to see how long the bridge is. From here you can climb to Fort Claudia, an old fort that is very little left. Perhaps the best is the viewpoint on the right side of the bridge from where you can see Ehrenberg Castle.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

These views deserve to be taken calmly, especially on a sunny and warm day like this. In a strange month of October….


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

We begin to return after going through the turnstile again looking to the right side of the bridge. In the background the town of Reutte.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

As we did not take the first leg very calmly, the return was much faster, crossing the bridge in less than 5 minutes. It is also true that that day, on a Friday morning, there were quite a few people. About 20/30 people at the same time on the bridge.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

After returning we will see the free access castle. Its state is ruinous but there are some parts that have been rebuilt. For the rest it is not of great interest if we compare it with those nearby Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, in neighboring Germany.


Highline179, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world

From there and without thinking of climbing to the top of the mountain, where the fortress castle ofBurgenwelt Ehrenberg, we go straight down to the parking lot and resume our trip.

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Practical data

When to visit the Highline179

You can visit all year, even in the cold and white winters of the area. It only closes when the weather conditions are very adverse.

It is best to visit it in the morning so as not to have the castle ofEhrenberg against the light.

What schedule does the Highline179 have?

It opens at 08:00 AM and the turnstiles close at 10:00 PM.

How to get to the Highline179

You can usually arrive by car and park in the ample parking, but it can also be reached by public transport. For example we can arrive by train from Füssenwhere is the castle ofNeuschwanstein for less than 5€. This leaves us at the station Reutte and from there buses leave to the Highline179.

How much does it cost to cross the Highline179

Are 8€ on a round trip that allows you to leave the bridge and 4€ the parking if we bring a vehicle.

Where to sleep?

Reutte has many accommodations at different prices. Another option is to stay at the nearby lake of Plansee, just 15 kilometers away and located in a spectacular area.

  • Alpin Resort Austria: beautiful and cheap apartments in a Tyrolean building.
  • Pension Posthansl: Although it is called a pension, the concept of a pension in Tirol is very different. Mountain apartments very comfortable.
  • Haus Tauern Am See: spacious apartments with kitchen and great details.

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