This is one of the longest zip wires in Europe and is unique in this area. You sit in a seat harness (fully strapped in) and once ready you are released from the load platform to 'zip' down the mountain at speeds of up to 84 km/h (over 50 mph). The attraction takes you 800 metres along the wire as you descend about 200 metres in altitude (to the next cable car station). The maximum distance above the ground is about 45 metres. The views are stunning as you descend this exhilarating ride in just under one minute (you just sit there and enjoy it - no need to do anything). As you near the end the gradient of the wire ensures that you slow down before the spring system brings you to a complete halt at the end. Suitable for young and old there is both a minimum (35 kg I think) and maximum (125 kg I think) weight limit for riders. You can go down in groups of up to 4 (there are 4 parallel wires).
The nice thing about this attraction is that you build up speed from being stationary and so do not suffer any sudden jerks or drops as you set off - it really is very smooth and, providing you are not terrified of the gap beneath your feet, great fun. Also, unlike many other 'adrenaline' type rides you can't hurt yourself on this one! The staff were highly professional and very polite.
It costs 25 CHF per ride but you can buy a combination ticket (slightly cheaper I think) with the cable car ride from the cable car station in Grindelwald.
You can see videos of this ride on YouTube (type in "how to come down a mountain" for mine).
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