Regional hiking tour

Circular Hike to the Suspension Bridge in Randa

The circular hike to the Randa Suspension Bridge goes through larchwood forests and leads to an imposing record construction: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.

360° Panorama
  • Type Regional hiking tour
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 4,00 h
  • Distance 8,7 km
  • Ascent 999 m
  • Descent 999 m
  • Lowest point 1408 m
  • Highest point 2267 m

Description

The path begins at the Randa train station, where the "Europabrücke" signs point in the correct direction. Through larchwood forests and past the "Hohtschugga" viewing point, hikers reach the world-record holding "Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge". At 494 m, it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. It takes almost 10 minutes to cross it and in the middle, swaying walkers are at the highest point: 85 m above the Grabengufer. After crossing, the path continues right back to Randa. As an option, one could make a detour to the Europa hut after the bridge.

  • Suitable for the entire family
  • One may not have a fear of heights
  • Viewing point from "Hohtschugga" at 1,749 m
  • The Europa hut (built 1998/1999) stands on stilts
  • The Europa hut is on the Europa path, as the name suggests, and thus also on the Monte Rosa tour.

Randa (station) – Höüschbiel – Suspension Bridge – Europa hut– descente on the path to Gere – Randa (station)

We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Water and provisions
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

For a practice tour, the shorter suspension bridge above Zermatt at Furi is just right. At 100 m long, it crosses the Gorner Gorge and is 90 m high at its highest point.

 

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

  • Avoid the bridge during storms (thunder and lightning)
  • Not having a fear of heights is an advantage. Find out whether children and or dogs would cross the bridge (grated walkway); see the “Tip from the author” section.
  • 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.

Map and arrival