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Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

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Looking forward for suggestions from EF members to get there (from Meiringen) with public transport. I did some google search, but couldn't manage to find the info. that I was looking for and hence, this request. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Trift-Hängeseilbrücke

This perhaps does the trick - the PDF should be what you want.
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Re: Trift-Hängeseilbrücke

Hi There, In this PDF, I see reference to Trift Bahn ... but the bus/train station name is not mention. Google search vaguely leads me to this place; Is this the place I have to go - Käppeli b. Nessental, to get to the hanging bridge? Thanks in advance. Arain



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Re: Trift-Hängeseilbrücke

By the look of the Homepages - you get off the bus at Käppeli b. Nessental, Trift
which is the valley station of the aerial cableway. From the top of the cableway, you have a 'short' mountain hike to the bridge.
Perhaps one of the hardier types on the Forum has been there and will answer too.

Sunday evening: Found this map today. If you haven't been there yet, this will give you a better idea of the area. Top of the aerial cableway to the bridge is 1.5 hours.

Bergstation Triftbahn – Triftbrücke, 1,5 h,
1357 – 1720 m.ü.M.
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Re: Trift-Hängeseilbrücke

Off with the old and on with the new.

On the news this evening, they showed pictures of the chaps putting in the bolts for the new Trift Bridge. Seems that the old one was taking a battering from the wind funneling through the valley which had more force than they had reckoned with. (The engineers obviously missed their English history lessons about the Tay Bridge Disaster in 1879).
I believe they are also improving the path - not everyone seems to be following the advice to wear proper walking boots...

Should be open again before the middle of June, but I'd check before I make the journey if I were you. The links above seem to be working but no mention is made of the works going on so perhaps the powers that be haven't noticed yet.
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Re: Trift-Hängeseilbrücke

I heard about this work a few months back. The bridge is being placed higher up on the gorge it runs accross to make access easier and to reduce the funnel effect of the wind running through the gorge.

I was there two years ago and it is well worth the hike. The little cable car only takes 8 people though so if you are coming back down in the evening you can expect a rather large que forming. We opted to avoid the que and hike the whole way back down to the valley.
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New 170m long suspension bridge - Trift glacier

Last Friday they opened the new 170 m long suspension bridge over the Trift glacier (region of Susten, between Bern and Uri). It is the longest suspension bridge in the Alps.

"The 170-m-long rope suspension bridge crosses the lake at the bottom of the Trift glacier at a height of 100 m, and makes the mountain hut accessible in three hours."

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en.cfm/...iss-44937.html

Swiss German TV program on the new bridge and the construction.

http://www.trift.ch/bruecke2009/
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

i am planning to be there with my colleague tomorrow
but the weather forecast make it seems impossible for the hike and the travelling...

sigh... hope tmrw's weather is good enough
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Just been today and it was fantastic. Probably recommend a car if you can as the bus journey up is well timed with the train but had to wait 90 minutes for a return to Innertkirchen

Tip: Get there early as the cablecar gets booked up and they have no space for any return journeys pretty soon after lunch as so many people to get off the mountain.
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Wanted to go there last year but the lines was tooooo long. We ended up driving up to Engstlialp and had a great day up there.
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Interesting news, I didn't know about the "new" bridge!
We did this hike in 2006 so it sounds like we need to go back and do the even longer, even higher, even newer bridge! We made it into a 2-day trip though, on the first day we hiked up to the Windegghütte and stayed there, and on the second day went on to the bridge (just crossed it and then crossed back again) and then back down. We were going to hike down too but the weather turned a little dodgy-looking so we took the little cable car down.

When we did it, the bridge wasn't half as scary as it looks on the photos (it was really cool, just not scary), but the descent down to the bridge was quite nerve-wracking. It sounds like this new higher bridge avoids that nasty descent too.
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

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When we did it, the bridge wasn't half as scary as it looks on the photos (it was really cool, just not scary), but the descent down to the bridge was quite nerve-wracking. It sounds like this new higher bridge avoids that nasty descent too.
It avoids it completely, yes - both ends of the bridge are on flat rocky platforms, access is very easy with no dangerous or vertiginous bits at all.
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

I've been there 2 weeks ago and it's fantastic!! the bridge is very long and the surroundings are unbelievable (a couple of hundreds meters away from the glaciar). It's not that scary (although my dad was terrified), so I guess that it depends on the person.

However, getting to the bridge is a challenge. 1.30 hours climbing rocks and crossing dangerously narrow paths, but if you like adventure, this is for you!!

I went there by car, but if you go by public transport I think you have to look for Nessental, Triftbahn.

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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Went there this weekend and had a great time. This was my first real hike, the route from the Triftbahn up to the bridge is a mountain trail, red and white on the signposts.

After arriving on Sunday at 8.30 we had to wait about an hour to get the cable car. A return ticket costs 220 CHF. The walk up to the bridge from here is pretty straightforward and takes about 1 1/2 hours. The paths are well defined and there are only a few rocks you have to climb over. The route is really enjoyable and the views are amazing. And the glacier when you get there is really cool, the first time I saw one. Also had the fortune to hear it! After lunch we took the route further up to the Windegghütte, this is a much more challenging route (3rd pic). Some of it is pretty vertical and you have to use your hands a lot. But it was great fun. At the Windegghütte you can buy food and drink. From the top there is another descent route which doesn't go to the bridge. But this is a more difficult way as it is all over rocks. It's nice though as it has completely different scenery, lots of trees and plants (4th pic). We got the Triftbahn back down at 15.00. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, it makes a great day out.
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Hi,

I'm thinking of going here next month, but I have two questions:
1) Does the cable car only run in-season? And if so, when does the season start?
2) Is the cost of the cable car return really 220CHF

Kash.

Update: Just found the triftbahn site which says that the price is actually 22 CHF! Phew! (http://www.grimselwelt.ch/grimselerl...hnen/triftbahn)
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Re: Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge

Anybody been there recently?
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