140 m Suspension Bridge
One of the main attraction at the Stubnerkogel is the suspension bridge which is easily accessible from the restaurant at the summit station. As the 140 m long and one metre wide bridge was built as a swinging rope construction which leads directly from the terrace of the restaurant to the sender station, some visitors might get a real thrill. Strong nerves are definitely needed in order to cross the hanging bridge since it is transparent. A wire mesh guard rail is the only thing that separates adventurous skywalkers from a 28 m drop.
“With its support and wind cables to limit vibration the bridge can withstand wind speeds of up to 200 km/h”, Franz Schafflinger, manager of the lift operator, puts our minds at rest. His idea to build a suspended bridge here came from seeing visitors who always “stared across the cliffs in awe“. “At first I was only joking”, Schafflinger continues, “when I said we would span a hanging bridge across!”
A ride up to the Stubnerkogel is recommended when doing some holidays in the Gastein valley, as three different main attractions are already awaiting their visitors: The suspension bridge, the Rock Trail and the viewing platform Großglockner from which one you can enjoy breath-taking views into the Hohe Tauern range.