Recently a friend and I were headed down to Garmisch and I was looking for something to do on our way back when I found the Highline 179 Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in Reutte, Austria! It’s the longest Tibet-style pedestrian suspension bridge according to the Guinness Book of Records! So we just had to go check it out.
There is quite a bit of parking, you buy a parking ticket from one of the machines. The close parking is past the wall but there is extra parking outside the wall as well.
Near the parking area is a castle playground if your traveling with little ones.
There is also a museum in the shop that you can get a combo ticket for, we just did the bridge that day. It’s €8 per adult (15 and up) to walk across the bridge. You can buy in the shop or at the turnstile to the bridge. There are restrooms in the building next to the shop. In the photo above the shop is at the bottom of the photo and you can see the fences you hike along to get up to the top.
Know that it’s a good 20 min hike up to the ruins and the bridge. My friend who has some knee issues had a hard time making the climb up. You’ll be happy to know that there is a bench at the top where you can throw down your limp body if needed 😉 There is also another set of ruins that you can hike up to from the Ehrenburg ruins if you want to spend the day hiking and hanging out in the area.
Here is a photo of the rules.
Also if you have kids they have some neat signs on the way up explaining the myths for the area. This one explained about the gnomes who throw the rocks down the hills.
Once you make it to the top your rewarded with this view!
You will need your ticket to scan at the turnstile to get onto the bridge. I really thought this ‘may’ be a bit scary but I was pleased to find that it wasn’t for me at all. Even with the bridge swaying. The views are amazing.
It’s about a 5 minute walk across the bridge, longer if you stop to take in the scenery. The bridge is high and does sway and shake a bit so if your scared of heights and/or movement up high this may not be the best adventure for you.
View of the amazing scenery and the road the bridge goes over.
At first I thought that looking down may be scary but then I realized that it actually helped me to not be scared.
Once your across you have a great view of the Ehrenburg ruins and the valley below.
You can also hike to Fort Claudia from this side but we did not do that. You’ll need your ticket to get back into the turnstile so don’t lose it.
The ruins looked amazing but we did not venture up to them because I knew I’d be coming back with our family soon, so I’ll be posting about them in the near future.
Guinness World Records Certificate
The viewpoint area across the bridge where you get a nice view of the valley and the Ehrenberg ruins.
Yep, those tiny dots are people!
I took some video as well for those who may be too scared to try it out themselves and want to see it instead.
The first clip is me walking across it with a little commentary.
The 2nd video is me walking back across, I stopped filming at 2 mins. I also added in a clip of the bridge shaking while I was standing still and a view looking up at people going across the bridge, those are at the end of the video. They were doing some construction so there is some of that noise in the video.
This is a great experience and I’d say a must do! The bridge is amazing as well as the views. I didn’t find the hike very difficult and could probably be done easily in 15 mins as long as your in good health and don’t have issues walking uphill, I expect it to take us around 15 mins when we go back.
Know Before You Go
What: Highline 179 bridge in Reutte, Austria.
How To Get There: It’s about 5 hours 30 mins from the Spangdahlem, 4 hours 30 mins from Ramstein and 45 mins from Garmisch. GPS addy: Klause 2, 6600 Reutte
Parking: there is quite a bit of parking, you buy a parking ticket from one of the machines.
Cost: €8 for adults 15 and over, €5 for kids 4-14, or a family ticket for €24 that covers 2 adults and kids.
Traveling with little kids: Strollers are not allowed on the bridge or large backpacks, etc. There is storage at the entrance areas. You can however use a stroller on the walk up if needed, although it it a bit of a steep climb. Kids 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs: Are allowed on the bridge but must me kept on the leash at 1 meter or less in length.
How long: Plan on at least an hour to walk up and down to the bridge and across, more if you want to visit the Ehrenburg ruins as well.