Tourist attractions come in many shapes and sizes. There are beautiful ones, historical ones and, in the case of those we have gathered here, vertigo-inducing ones. Here are 10 thrilling attractions from around the world that will take you to new heights.
Ba Na Hills Cable Car, Vietnam
Not only is this Vietnamese cable car the longest single-wire cable car in the world, it is also one of the highest and fastest too. Situated just outside the city of Da Nang, the swift lift will take you to the top of the mountain at nearly 15 miles an hour. The fact that the journey still lasts 20 minutes gives you an idea of just how long the cable is. At the top, there is a quaint French village to explore and an amusement park.
Observation Deck, Shanghai World Financial Centre, China
Whilst Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is a taller building, the position of the Observation Deck at the Shanghai World Financial Centre makes it the highest in the world. Located on the 100th floor of a structure that resembles Sauron’s Tower in Lord of the Rings, the Observatory is 474 metres above the ground. Before climbing to the top, you can see a miniature version of Shanghai in model form, whilst also learning how the skyline of the city has changed over the years.
Gelmer Funicular, Switzerland
Thanks to the breathtaking Alpine landscapes, Switzerland is a great destination for thrill-seekers. There are numerous cable cars and funiculars to ride, but this is one of the most terrifying. With a gradient of more than 100 percent, this funicular is more like a rollercoaster than a mode of transport and will take you up to the top of the Gelmer Valley – that’s 1,860 metres above sea level. When you arrive, there are spectacular views to admire and the beautiful Gelmar Lake.
Tren A Las Nubes, Argentina
Translated as ‘Train to the Clouds’, this tourist route will take you to the La Polvorilla Viaduct, where you will be 4,220 metres above sea level. You can catch the train from San Antonio de Los Cobres train station every day and take the 8-hour, one-way journey which also stops at local markets to offer a taste of the region.
Top Thrill Dragster, USA
The Top Thrill Dragster is a rollercoaster found at the Cedar Point theme park in Ohio. Once the tallest and faster coaster in the world, the ride shoots you from 0 to 120 miles per hour in less than four seconds, straight into a 128-metre climb. It’s over in a matter of moments but it’s definitely worth it for the rush.
We’re back in Switzerland for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. Having opened earlier this year, it spans the Grabengufer ravine between the towns of Zermatt and Grächen and sits at a height of 85 metres. If simply walking across isn’t enough of a thrill, you can strap a bungee rope to your legs and hurl yourself over the side.
Caminito Del Rey, Spain
As one of the most dangerous walkways in the world, this route is not for the faint-hearted. A series of wooden planks are pinned to the side of El Churro gorge, sections of which are higher than 250 metres. It was originally built to allow workers to carry materials between two hydroelectric plants and earnt its name after King Alfonso XIII crossed it in 1921.
Step Into The Void, France
This attraction has possibly the coolest name on our list and can be found at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak, close to Mont Blanc. Take a break whilst on a ski holiday in Chamonix to step out from the side of the mountain and into a glass box suspended above the slopes. The drop beneath you is 3,842 metres but the views out across the French Alps are amazing.
Ulm Minster, Germany
Sometimes wrongly described as a cathedral, Ulm Minster is the tallest church in the world, at least until the never-ending project of La Sagrada Familia is finished in Barcelona. Standing outside, visitors can admire the detailed Gothic façades, whilst climbing the 768 steps to a height of 143 metres will result in spectacular views over the city of Ulm.
CN Tower Edge Walk, Canada
Although perfectly safe, the CN Tower’s shape means that you can feel it swaying quite heavily when at the top – and that’s just whilst inside. Take a step outside and things get even more unsettling as you are strapped to a walkway on the side of the main pod and given the chance to take a hands-free walk 356 metres above the ground. Over the course of half an hour, you can walk around the circular path and admire the views over Toronto and Lake Ontario.
If you would like to test your nerve at any of these attractions, we can help you plan a trip to the cities where you’ll find them. Whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, our well-travelled team can offer first-hand advice. Call us on 0800 021 3237 today.