192 meters: Europabrücke Bridge, Innsbruck, Austria
I’m not quite sure how and why I left this one off our Top 20 list, and I’m very surprised I haven’t been called to book about it as it is Europe’s highest bungee jump. Standing 630 feet (192 m) high, this bridge supports the Brenner Autobahn that links Austria and Italy across the Alps and straddles the Wipp Valley. It’s not Europe’s highest bridge – that honour belongs to France’s Millau Viaduct over the River Tarn in southern France (no bungee jumping here …. yet), but it is the highest bridge in Europe to have a bungee jump station. The backdrop of the Alps ensures that this jump is in a spectacular setting. Too bad you can’t take pictures whilst you’re looping the loop!
169 meters: Kolnbrein Dam (Kölnbreinsperre), Carinthia, Austria
At 200 m Kolnbrein Dam is the highest dam wall in Austria. It is, of course, a perfect venue for one of Austria’s top bungee jumping locations. At 169m (554 ft) it ranks amongst the highest bungee jumps in the world.
152 metres – Donauturm, Vienna
And right in the capital of Austria, Vienna, you can jump from the Danube Tower. This is the tallest structure in Austria, at 252 metres, and among the 75 tallest towers in the world. The launch pad has been installed at 152 meters. At that height the jumper has a fantastic panorama of the city and way further – the view stretches for about 80 kms, savour it well before you launch yourself, as, at a velocity of somewhere around 90 kms/h, you won’t have time to take much in.
Whilst you’re in Austria there are plenty of other adrenaline sports you can do. There’s paragliding – truly a sensational place to do that, the views are mega awesome, kayaking, rafting, windsurfing and kitesurfing on the idyllic Lake Achensee which has great wind conditions and on Lake Reschensee near Nauders and Durlaßbodenspeicher Reservoir in Zillertal – to name but a few. Of course there are a thousand and one things one can do with a cycle. There’s hiking, climbing, ice climbing …. I could go on and on.
So if you happened to be wondering where to go this Summer – you might think of Austria! It’s got it all….
Feature photo courtesy of tyrol.com