10 Terrifying Skywalks around the World

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5 Fingers

Mountain, Bulgaria.

This string of man-made fingers has been carving itself into the mountainside since the 19th century for people from the city of Berkovitsa to get to work.

The 5 Fingers Mountain Skywalk is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bulgaria's complex network of walkways and footpaths. One of the most famous is the Lyulin Moraine built in 1934, which connects two peninsulas.

Throughout the country, there are countless ways that people have taken vertical transportation into their own hands by building their own personal stairways. Some of these places are popular enough to have tourists from around the world flock to them for a unique adventure.

The Sweet Fairy's path is one of these coastal walkways that is frequently traveled by visitors. There are seven fantastic viewing platforms that are available to the public that give visitors a look at the beautiful coastline, the desolation of a wooded forest, and the dry rocky shore.

While there are some risks associated with the Sweet Fairy's path—including the fact that the structure is made of wood, so it could fall down if the stability of the area is threatened—it does give people the chance to take the scenic route around the peninsula.

Given its proximity to the Middle East, Israel obviously has a lot of military bases, which is the root of a lot of its amazing buildings on the military theme.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

If you’re looking to blend into the background while on vacation, Cam's Eco Cave in northern Australia….

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (»Australia) is just what you’re looking for. It's tucked away in the middle of the rainforest for people who prefer the rough and ready vibe of the great outdoors to the soft cushions and pampering that trendy hotels offer.

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You can access the Skywalk by taking a tour of the Tamborine Rainforest on the (Tamborine – Rainforest Forest Tours. 🙂

One of the best things about the Tamborine Rainforest, apart from the fact that you can wake up in the middle of that rainforest and see the Northern lights, is that if it’s too wet to continue exploring, you can retire to the Skywalk, which is the only shortcut to the Tamborine Rainforest campsite.

The Skywalk is a 50 meter wooden walkway attached to the side of a cliff, suspended 400 meters above the ground. It’s accessible via the 45 meter Eagle Suicidal Cliff Walk.

Oryukdo Skywalk

In South Korea (6,164ft/1,931m) Located on top of a cable car station in Bolton, South Korea, the Oryukdo Skywalk has a 160-foot-tall glass floor extending out into a valley, looking out onto the city. Visitors can sip cocktails while they look down on the streets below and go for a stroll through the Sky Cell, an enormous glass dome. Unfortunately, the glass roof isn't safe during the winter season, so it's closed during cold and rainy days.

Langkawi Sky Bridge

Malaysia.

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is located on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia. It connects the mainland with the island of Kedah. It’s a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 1,194 feet, and it took three years to complete in 2007.

What’s so terrifying about this bridge is what’s on it. There are more than 500,000 glass panels that make up the bridge. That’s like having 1.3 million shards of sharp glass flying at you while you’re walking across this bridge.

What’s funny is that, when it was started, this bridge was nicknamed “A Glass Box” because of all of the glass in it. Now, it’s just a terrifying glass bridge.

This bridge is also used as a location for shooting movies and commercials. It’s not exactly a place you want to hang out in, but it is a cool bridge for sure.

Glacier Skywalk

Switzerland.

The Glacier Skywalk is an 8m-long, 3-m-wide glass and steel walkway on the top of a rock in Switzerland. The walkway crosses the route between the Leisenalp and Mischabelhütte and is designed to be 1,315m (4,290ft) above the valley floor. The walkway is suspended from an arch of steel and is anchored to four points. This allows it to sway with the wind.

Tiefenbachkogl Viewing Platform

S in South Tyrol, Austria.

These platforms have 3,500 full-length glass panes which have been built into a 196-metre high platform near the hamlet of Tiefenbach, South Tyrol.

The panes let visitors to the cliff-top platform, which is 850 metres above sea level, look directly into the valley which swirls with mist below.

Visitors have even been known to walk out onto glass panels.

The platforms, which were inaugurated in 2007 are run by the Tiefenbach Foundation, which was established in 1995 by Hans Tiefenbach.

The Tiefenbachkogl platform was designed by the Swiss architect, Mario Botta. The entire platform was covered by photovoltaic cells in 2010.

The Tiefenbachkogl platform is one of the most impressive skywalk installations, and you can take the stairs or the glass stairs to reach the vantage point.

The Ledge

Walk, Mumbai.

In India, the city of Mumbai nicknamed the "city of madness" is home to this terrifying skyway. There are over 600,000 tenants live in this incredible tower in Mumbai.

This skywalk boasts the highest and most controversial observation department in the world.

It was once home to the British Secret Service. Couples can safely make out from their rooftop deck, or you can just sit back and take in the view.

The Ledge in Mumbai offers stunning sightseeing views of the Arabian Sea. Of course some people climb the ladder and take a walk on the edge. This activity is called the “Ledge walk.” It’s not recommended, and they have even added an extra safety precaution of catching the leggie walkers as they fall to their death.

SWFC Skywalk

Central Station, Indiana, USA.

The Chicago Skywalk is connected to a station in Indiana. Its 683 foot (208 meters) long and 92 feet (28 meters) high. It spans the distance between the street level and the Chicago station’s fourth concourse level. The view ranges from Lake Michigan to the city’s skyline. The Skywalk was built when the station was renovated. It was designed to allow commuters access to and from both the new Chicago and the old Milwauke

The area is more than a gray concrete underpass. It’s invaded the urban area and frozen the original architecture. Before the renovation, the space was divided into two. Yet, now the architecture that was built for one purpose has become the perfect background for another

This skywalk provides access to the public. You can go into the station…the one that is always full of people and in a hurry. Then go up to a place where there’s nothing but quiet. It’s a needle in the haystack, a place where everyone else has no reason to go. That’s why it’s surprising that in a city so crowded and cramped, the only place where you can feel the city’s quiet is actually where people go to work

Chamonix Skywalk

France – 60 Degrees Above The Earth.

Chamonix is a small town in the Alps near the French/ Italian border. It is a mountain vacation spot during the spring, summer, and fall months. It’s also the site of the Chamonix Skywalk, the highest and most dangerous cable-tow cable car in the world.

Building of the Chamonix Skywalk began in 2006, and when the final step was reached five years later, only 1 out of 650 people had the temerity to step out onto the viewing platform at an altitude of 550 feet.

Cliff faces soar as much as 1,400 feet below the chalet-style skyscraper, and the danger of a collapse is real. In addition to the heights involved, there are no safety rails, no barriers, and no barriers on the viewing deck, which stands maybe four feet off of the ground.

There is no temperature under the platform, so it is necessary to wear your jacket and shoes.

The first night the Skywalk was opened, three tourists fell to their deaths near the top of the Lhotse face. This was the only accident, but there were secondary deaths by avalanches, snow sickness, passing helicopters/snowmobiles, and straying off into passageways with their arms down to keep from losing balance.

Grand Canyon Skywalk