5 Highest Bungee Jumps on Earth
5. Europabrücke Bridge, Austria – 630 feet (192 m)
Standing 630 feet (192 m) high, and supporting the Brenner Autobahn that links Austria and Italy across the Alps, the Europabrücke Bridge was Europe’s highest from 1963 until it was topped out by France’s Millau Viaduct in 2004. Make no mistake, though: just standing on the edge of this structure, let alone thinking about jumping from it, would be enough to make many feel sick with giddiness.
4. Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa – 708 feet (216 m)
The world’s highest single span arch bridge, the Bloukrans Bridge towers 708 feet (216 m) above the river of the same name. Primarily a road bridge, the Bloukrans also hosts a beast of a bungee jump – the highest commercially operated on earth for years after it was opened in 1997. With its pendulum system, apparently you get “the smoothest, most comfortable bungy jump possible”. Nice to know.
3. Verzasca Dam, Switzerland – 720 feet (220 m)
Just looking at this picture is enough to give you vertigo. That dam face just keeps going down, down, down – hopefully not to damnation if you’re freefalling down its face. The Verzasca hydroelectric dam, completed in 1965, soars 720 feet (220 m) above Lago di Vogorno, the reservoir it forms. Oh, and its apex is also the site of a heart-stopping commercial bungee jump.
2. Macau Tower, China – 760 feet (233 m)
Measuring 1,109 feet (338 m) from tip to toe, the Macau Tower dwarfs the former Portuguese colony of Macau, where it was completed in 2001. In 2006, bungee jumping guru A J Hackett launched what the Guinness Book of Records recognised as the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, performing the leap himself from the same spot as his ’skyjump’, which was opened the year before.
1. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA – 1,053 feet (321 m)
Fortunate to be numero uno this one, with the bungee jump only available in the Go Fast Games of 2005 and 2007 – but the best things come to those who wait. An attraction since 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge hangs 1,053 feet (321 m) aloft and is billed as the highest suspension bridge in the world. Add rickety wooden planks with cracks you can see straight down between and dizzying wouldn’t be the word.