🌉 Les 11 Hanging Bridges in French-Speaking Switzerland

Footbridges visited by la Torpille


Over the last ten years, many suspended footbridges have been installed in French-speaking or Western Switzerland and in particular in the canton of Valais. There are currently 11 of them located in French-speaking Switzerland. The only truly ancient footbridge is the Niouc footbridge built in the 1920s to transport water from one side of the Ricard Gorge to the other in the Val d’Anniviers. The others are very recent.

Of the 11 footbridges, 6 are accessible in less than 15 minutes of walking. These are the ones visited by the Torpille team. These are the bridges listed below:

  • Torgon
  • Vièze
  • Savièse
  • Niouc
  • Diablerets
  • Saillon

Torgon


The Torgon footbridge connects the two parts of the town of Torgon. It avoids a detour by road and is located on a footpath between Chur and Saint-Gingolf in 34 stages.

Summary:

The Torgon footbridge from the east side.
The Torgon footbridge from the east side.

A video on the path of the Vièze Gorges.

Vièze


The footbridge of the Vièze is located along a loop around the Vièze Gorges.

The footbridge of the Vièze river from the east side.
The footbridge of the Vièze river from the east side.

Savièse


The route along the old Savièse bisse includes four footbridges, each 90 metres long. This free tour allows you to discover how water was brought to the village of Savièse from the 16th to the beginning of the 20th century and is a wonderful idea for a walk.

One of the four footbridges along the old Savièse bisse.
One of the four footbridges along the old Savièse bisse.

A video of the bisse of Saviève.

Niouc


The Niouc footbridge connects the two sides of the Ricard Gorges. Built in 1922, it is the oldest footbridge in French-speaking Switzerland. It was used to carry water and livestock across the river.

Today, a company offers bungee jumping from the middle of the bridge and a zip line that connects the two sides of the gorges.

The Niouc footbridge sometimes called the Spider Bridge from the eastern flank of the Ricard Gorges.
The Niouc footbridge sometimes called the Spider Bridge from the eastern flank of the Ricard Gorges.

A video on the activities proposed at the Niouc suspension bridge.

Diablerets


The Diablerets footbridge called “Peak Walk by Tissot” connects the summit of the Scex Rouge at an altitude of 2973 metres to another neighbouring rocky peak. It is accessible by the Glacier 3000 cable car which leaves from the Col du Pillon and costs 60 francs for an adult to go and return.

La passerelle “Peak-Walk” entre deux pics rocheux.
passerelle tissot peak walk diablerets glacier 3000
Une vidéo sur la passerelle de Glacier 3000.

Saillon


The Farinet footbridge crosses the Salentze Gorge between the municipalities of Saillon and Leytron in central Valais. It takes its name from a former counterfeiter of the region in the 19th century who became mythical in the region. The footbridge is on a walk in the vineyard.

The Farinet footbridge from the Leytron side of the Salentze Gorges.
The Farinet footbridge from the Leytron side of the Salentze Gorges.

A video on the Farinet footbridge and the via ferrata called Farinetta.

Comparative table


PasserellesDiablerets petit drapeau du canton de vaudNiouc petit drapeau du canton du valaisSaillon petit drapeau du canton du valaisSavièse petit drapeau du canton du valaisTorgon petit drapeau du canton du valaisVièze petit drapeau du canton du valais
Municipality logologo commune ormont-dessuslogo commune annivierslogo commune saillonlogo commune savieselogo commune vionnazlogo commune monthey
ActivityActivityActivityActivityActivityActivityActivity
Photopasserelle suspendue peak walk les diablerets20180526 115423 Pont Suspendu Nioucpasserelle suspendue à Farinetpasserelles suspendues du bisse de savièsepasserelle suspendue de Torgonpasserelle suspendue de la Vièze
ProfilProfilProfilProfilProfilProfilProfil
Accessible by Car?Via 2 cable carsYes, east sideParking 10 minutes walk on the East side.Parking at 15 min walking distance.Yes, 2 sidesYes, South side
Length107m200m92m4 x 90m150m90m
Depth190m136m60m
ColorGrayRedGrayGrayGrayGray
Date of Construction201419222001200920122016
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RiverN/ANavisenceSalentzeN/ATorrent de MayenVièze
PriceFree
(Cable car round trip: 60 francs)
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Mapping of the footbridges


The following link shows the geographical location of the footbridges in French-speaking Switzerland.

map hanging bridges western switzerland

Questions


What is the longest hanging bridge?

  • The Niouc bridge is the longest footbridge with a length of 200 metres.

What are the hanging bridges with the highest void?

  • The Farinet footbridge and the Niouc bridge have the highest height on the riverbed.

What is the paid hanging bridge?

  • All footbridges are free of charge with the exception of the Niouc one.

What is the hanging bridge with an activity?

  • The Niouc bridge offers bungee jumping from the middle of the bridge.
  • The four footbridges of Savièse are included in the magnificent path along the old Savièse bisse.

Which are the least interesting pathways?

  • The footbridges of Torgon and Vièze have a passage function and are the least impressive.

The 5 other suspended footbridges in Western Switzerland


Five footbridges in French-speaking Switzerland require at least a half an hour’s walk to get there. These footbridges have not been visited by the Torpille team.

  1. Champéry
  2. Bagnes
  3. Arolla
  4. Saint-Martin VS
  5. Zinal

Belle-Etoile Hanging Bridge


  • 📍 Location: Champéry (Val d’Illiez -VS)
  • 📐 Longueur: 55 mètres
  • 🏗️ Construction: 2016

Photos: regiondentsdumidi.ch
Belle-Etoile Hanging Bridge

Corbassière Hanging Bridge


  • 📍 Location: Bagnes (Val de Bagnes – VS)
  • 📐 Length: 190 meters
  • 🏗️ Construction: 2014

Photo: verbier.ch
Corbassière Hanging Bridge

Monta Hanging Bridge


  • 📍 Location: Arolla (Val d’Hérens -VS)
  • 📐 Length: 75 meters
  • 🏗️ Construction: 2017

Photo: valais.ch
Monta Hanging Bridge

Ossona Hanging Bridge


  • 📍 Location: Saint-Martin (Val d’Hérens – VS)
  • 📐 Length: 130 meters
  • 🏗️ Construction: 2015

Photo: valdherens.ch
Ossona Hanging Bridge

Tzina de Vio Hanging Bridge


  • 📍 Location: Zinal (Val d’Anniviers – VS)
  • 📐 Length: 45 meters
  • 🏗️ Construction: 2016

Photo: Facebook Val d’Anniviers.
Tzina de Vio Hanging Bridge

The longest hanging bridge in the world


The longest footbridge in Switzerland is the very impressive Europaweg bridge in Randa near Zermatt with a length of 495 metres, built in 2017. It is even the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

The Europaweg bridge.
The Europaweg bridge.

a video on the world’s longest footbridge