Trift Bridge - A Spectacular Pedestrian Bridge

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Trift Bridge, Oberhasli, Bernese Oberland

Trift Bridge, Oberhasli, Bernese Oberland

© Robert Bösch

© Robert Bösch

Bern, Innertkirchen, Aareschlucht

Bern, Innertkirchen, Aareschlucht

Bern, Innertkirchen, Grimsel

Bern, Innertkirchen, Grimsel

Bern, Innertkirchen, Kreuzung

Bern, Innertkirchen, Kreuzung

Livebild Gelmersee

Livebild Gelmersee

Handeck

Handeck

Hasliberg: Blick auf die Berner Alpen

Hasliberg: Blick auf die Berner Alpen

Mägisalp

Mägisalp

Panoramarestaurant Alpen tower, Meiringen-Hasliberg

Panoramarestaurant Alpen tower, Meiringen-Hasliberg

Triftgletscher Windegg

Triftgletscher Windegg

Hotel Steingletscher - Blick zur Steinalp Lodge und Giglistock

Hotel Steingletscher - Blick zur Steinalp Lodge und Giglistock

Sustenpass

Sustenpass

Triftgletscher Trifthütte

Triftgletscher Trifthütte

Steingletscher

Steingletscher

Trift Bridge is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges of the Alps. It is 100 meters high and 170 meters long, and is poised above the region of the Trift Glacier. Even reaching the bridge through the ravine by cable car is an adventure.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Triftbahn Station "Underi Trift"
Point of arrival:Triftbahn Station "Underi Trift"
Access starting point:PostBus from Meiringen in the direction of the Susten Pass up to "Nessental, Triftbahn", continue with the Triftbahn (aerial cable car).
Access point of arrival:PostBus from Meiringen in the direction of the Susten Pass up to "Nessental, Triftbahn", continue with the Triftbahn (aerial cable car).
Physical fitness:medium
Difficulty:medium
Hiking time:90 minutes (each way)
Length:2.8 km (each way)
Season:June – October

Description

When global warming takes place the glaciers melt - some especially fast, such as the Trift Glacier. Just a few years ago the Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club could be reached on foot via the glacier tongue.

In 2004 a suspension bridge was built, as the glacier was no longer high enough to take visitors to the hut. The Trift Bridge, which was modeled after Nepalese three-rope bridges, turned out to be a tourist magnet and was replaced in 2009 by a safer and more accessible bridge, which is considered to be one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. The gondola train, which was originally built as a freight gondola, takes passengers up to the area where the bridge is.

Tour Overview

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

8 Comments

  • 1
    Anshul

    Hi, is October end a good time to visit. At this stage the date I can do this hike is on 31/10 to 01/11. Can someone please help.

    Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 6:42 AM

  • 2
    debbie baumberger

    The hike is in the category T2 Mountain hiking trail (white-red-white). There are no major drops but its a mountain trail that climbs steadily. The hike takes 1 1/2hrs up to the bridge and again 1 1/2 back to the aerial cable car. Here is the official T2 description: Trail visible, some steep terrain, some danger of falling Some level of surefootedness, hiking boots, elementary orientation ability Take a look at the 3d map on the myswitzerland site and you will get an excellent idea of the terrain. best regards Debbie

    Monday, Sep 16, 2013 3:00 PM

  • 3
    Susan

    How difficult is this walk? are there lots of exposed areas with big drops? thanks.

    Friday, Sep 13, 2013 3:01 PM

  • 4
    mahee

    Can we do this trail in middle of april?

    Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 7:28 AM

  • 5
    Hannah

    That sounds amazing

    Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 11:28 PM

  • 6
    lol smily face!

    lol so COOL !!!!!

    Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 4:49 PM

  • 7
    Greg Witt

    I just did this hike last week, It's a triple adventure--the tram ride, the spectacular hike, and then crossing the bridge. Highly recommended! We'll include it on our Alpenwild tour for next year.

    Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 10:10 PM

  • 8
    Raghu

    We have to visit this place

    Friday, Jul 29, 2011 2:40 PM

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