10 Observation Decks That Are Not for the Faint of Heart

An observation deck gives you a bird’s-eye view of any location you are in. Some of the most famous observation decks are the One World Trade Center, the Grand Canyon Skywalk and the Eiffel Tower. Some decks were designed with adrenaline junkies in the mind, who want to get their heart racing while enjoying the view.

Warning: if you’re not fond of heights, you might want to look away now.

10 Sampa Sky

Inauguration of the Sampa Sky observation deck in Sao Paulo (Brazil) was August 2021. It has already attracted over 11,000 people. The glass floor deck, which was inspired by a similar structure in Chicago’s Willis Tower, is located on the 42nd Floor of the Mirante do Vale, the tallest building in Sao Paulo.

If you aren’t afraid of heights, you can take selfies in a transparent box and gaze at the city below. This is the best place to watch sunsets and it is the least frightening observation deck.[1]

9 EdgeWalk

If Sampa Sky is too “tame” for your liking, there is always the CN Tower EdgeWalk—the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk. The CN Tower is located in Toronto and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It stands at 553 meters (1 815 feet) tall. The EdgeWalk ledge snakes around the tower at a height of 356 meters (1,168 feet)—116 stories above the busy streets.

Before heading up to get your “edge walk” on, you will be asked many questions about your mental health and also tested for alcohol. Once you pass the tests, you are given a safety briefing, after which you can make your way up to the ledge—which is only 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide. A jumpsuit will be provided and you will be fitted with a harness. The harness is attached by ropes to a rail at the tower’s edge. Once you’re ready, you can hang over the EdgeWalk to slowly walk around the tower.[2]

8 Shanghai Skywalk

If you’re into living on the edge but want to stick a little closer to the ground, the 88-story skywalk that encircles the Jin Mao Tower in China might just be the thrill you are looking for. This skywalk doesn’t have any handrails, which means those who want to try it out are strapped to the side of the building via a harness.

The ledge, which measures 60 meters (200 ft) in length, is only 1.2 m (4 ft) wide and can hold 15 walkers at once. The ledge offers panoramic views of Shanghai and the top of the hotel’s atrium.[3]

7 Steps to Nothingness

The Stairway to Nothingness at Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria is a thrilling adventure with stunning views of the Alps. The suspension bridge is 100 meters long (328 feet) and is located at the edge a 400-meter (1300 feet) vertical rock. 14 steps lead to a glass viewing platform at the end of this bridge.

The Dachstein Glacier resort’s website notes that the Stairway to Nothingness is only for visitors with “nerves of steel” who will be rewarded by the “pure freedom” of hovering above the cliff while gazing out at the beauty of the Alps.[4]

6 Aurland Lookout

The Aurlandsfjord, Norway, is breathtaking. To give visitors the best view, the Aurland Lookout Tower (or Stegastein) has been built 650m (2.135 feet). The viewing deck is made out of steel and dressed in pine and stretches for 30 m (100 ft). It then descends toward a thin pane glass that is the only thing between your eyes and a steep drop.

The glass is meant to encourage the feeling of “falling into nature,” although those with a fear of heights might feel like they’re falling into the fjord instead.[5]

5 SkyPoint Climb

SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on levels 77 & 78 of the Q1 skyscraper, Queensland, Australia. Between 2005 and 2011, the Q1 was the tallest residential building in the country. It is now the 11th highest. It can accommodate 400 people and is Australia’s only beachside observation deck. Visitors can see Brisbane, the Gold Coast Hinterland, Byron Bay and the Pacific Ocean from the deck.

SkyPoint Climb is available for those who want more action. The climb starts at level 77 and is Australia’s highest external building climb. The Q1 Spire is accessed via nearly 300 steps. You can enjoy spectacular views. Those who don’t have a problem with heights may walk along the edge of stairs and ignore the internal handrail.[6]

4 Bihar Glass Bridge

The Hangzhou glass bridge, located in China, inspired the stunning glass bridge that overlooks Rajgir’s forests and mountains in Nalanda district of Bihar. The jungle safari also includes eight glass-covered cabins that can hold eight tourists. These cabins are part of a ropeway that takes tourists closer to the forest.

The new glass bridge attraction is expected to increase tourist numbers in the area. The bridge is 25 meters long (85 feet) with a height of 61 meters (200 feet). It can accommodate 40 people at a time. Tourists can enjoy a variety activities, including visiting Son Bhandar caves or taking a dip at the hot springs of Brahma Kundu.[7]

3 Steps into the Void

“Step into the Void” almost sounds like a horror movie, but it is, in fact, a vertigo-inducing tourist attraction formally known as the Aiguille du Midi skywalk. It is located at 3,842 meters (12 600 feet) high in the French Alps. “The Void” consists of a glass box with a glass floor, allowing visitors an unobstructed look at the dramatic landscape.

A small elevator was installed to transport tourists to the glass box. There is also a cable car that takes you to the summit. The Aiguille du Midi, a peak in Mont Blac’s Mont Blac massif is where you can see Mont Blanc.[8]

2 Glass Love Bridge

There are so many amazing places and things to do in Vietnam. You can hike in national parks, gaze at Halong Bay in wonder, or visit Ho Chi Minh City. The country’s 5D Love Bridge was a new tourist attraction. The bridge is Vietnam’s first glass suspension bridge with 5D effects and was built in only four months. The structure, which measures 80 meters (262 feet) in length, has 30 special effects and was created with the theme of love. It stands 20 meters (66 ft) high and provides stunning views of the vast mountains and forests in Moc Chau.

A second glass bridge was added in 2019 to give visitors a stunning view of O Quy Ho Mountain Pass, northern Lai Chau province. 600m high, the Rong May bridge rises 2,200 meters (7.200 feet) above the sea level. The bridge can be reached via a glass elevator, which is 300m tall (985 feet). The beautiful glass structure takes you up to the mountain peak. Try not to look down.[9]

1 Huangtengxia Tianmen Sky Walk

The glass-bottomed Huangtengxia Tianmen Sky Walk is not for the faint-hearted. Three support pillars support a viewing platform that extends 368m (1,200ft) from the edge of a cliff. It is the world’s longest and tallest single-column cantilevered glass corridor and holds the largest circular waterfall.

The skywalk, which measures 500m (1,650ft) high, consists of two oval structures. One, a horizontal walkway, and the other, a tower that is vertical. This can be accessed via an open-air corridor. The glass can support around 4,000 people and is 99.9% transparent.

Each day, dawn rises over the area. The structure is often obscured at night by low-level clouds.[10]

2019 saw a fashion show on the skywalk. Models were instructed to walk barefoot onto the platform to avoid scratching the glass panels.

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