‘Stairway to Nothingness’: Austrian Resort Builds 14 Steps Out over a Cliff

“Staircase to Nothingness”, a glass platform which allows visitors to “hover” above the Alps, was opened on Wednesday.

The Dachstein Suspension Bridge with views over Austria’s loftiest peaks and 400 metres down over the sheer rock face of the Dachstein massif. Photo: Dachstein Gletscherbahn

Austria is the country known for its classical music, the film The Sound of Music was born out of Austria, food, railways, yodelling, architecture and of course the Alps. Now, Austria has combined architecture and the Dachstein Massif, the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps.

The majestic Dachstein Glacier is a tiny but very picturesque resort in the Alps, situated a 20 minute drive from Schladming.  It appears to be the most easterly glacier in this mountain chain and part of the huge Planai area.

The Glacier is a great place for skiing, enjoying snow and sun with your family not only in winter, but in summer as well. The place stays open until 5pm much longer than other summer glaciers, so there’s no rush to get up at the crack of dawn.

From the base at 1700m it’s a 7 minute cable-car journey to the top at a modest 2700m. The area resembles a molar tooth and is surrounded by sheer cliffs.

And recently it has offered its guests a unique opportunity to test themselves.  However, anyone with a fear of heights should steer clear of a new landmark on the Dachstein Massif, an Alpine peak in Austria.

On Wednesday, An Austrian resort opened a new attraction for adrenaline seekers. With a sheer drop of 1,300ft visible beneath your feet, walking along this suspension bridge onto a glass platform jutting off the edge of a cliff is not for the fainthearted. It is considered to be highest suspension bridge in Austria that offers the superb natural backdrop of Austria’s loftiest peaks and Dachstein glacier in particular.

Only people with steel nerves can handle such an experience. Although as a reward you get an amazing felling of “pure freedom” of hovering above a 400-meter (1,300-foot) drop while taking in the spectacular landscape of the Austrian Alps.

The suspension bridge, situated near the town of Schladming, leads to fourteen descending steps off a cliff, ending on a glass platform with vertigo-inducing views of the mountains below.

It took about six month to create this daring 100-meter-long bridge for the brave that leads to absolutely nowhere but certain death. The work on the suspension bridge was at times carried out in exceptionally challenging conditions and there was certainly little sign of vertigo.

Technical director Karl Höflehner, who oversaw this spectacular project, is delighted with the outcome: “I am absolutely delighted that we managed to reach agreement with the nature conservation authority, which means that all visitors to the Dachstein can now experience the breathtaking sensation of being suspended above the rock face as they gaze over the Alps.”

Karl Höflehner added that: “The most important thing is that the project was completed with no injuries.”

From the end of July this attraction will also be open to guests and is sure to deliver a real adrenalin rush.

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