When it comes to world records, Switzerland is fighting above its weight. Here are ten of our favourites.
1. World’s Steepest Cogwheel Railway: With a 48° gradient, this cogwheel railway is one of the biggest attractions on Lake Lucerne. Ascending 1,635m from Alpnachstad, the railway travels 4,618m up to the fun park of Mt Pilatus.
2. World’s Longest Suspension Bridge: Stretching across 494m, the Charles Kuonen Bridge connects a hiking trail between Grachen and Zermatt, views from the bridge are equally thrilling, being set against the world’s most recognisable mountain peak, the Matterhorn.
3. World’s Longest Tunnel: The 57km tunnel runs through the mountain at a depth of up to 2,300m. Apart from being an engineering feat, the Gotthard Base Tunnel also leads the way in ecological evolution being powered by hydroelectricity.
4. World’s Oldest Covered Wooden Footbridge: Dating back to the 14th century and as part of the original fortifications, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne was destroyed in a fire in 1993, but quickly restored back to its original form and it's now a major highlight in the city.
5. World’s First Revolving Cable Car: Not far from Lucerne is the 3,062m high Mt Titlis, home to Europe’s highest suspension bridge. To get up there, one must take a thoroughly scenic 30-minute ride on the Titlis Rotair, the world’s first revolving cable car travelling above the spectacular alpine landscape.
6. World’s Highest Consumption of Chocolate: Given Switzerland is well known for its high quality chocolate, it comes as no surprise that the Swiss enjoy indulging in their country’s sweet treats, consuming an average of 8.8kg per person in 2017.
7. World’s Highest Density of Michelin-Starred Restaurants Per Capita: 2019 recorded a total of 128 Michelin starred restaurants. The latest Swiss restaurants that landed in the Michelin guide include focus in Vitznau and Pavillon in Zurich.
8. World’s Longest downhill ski race: The history of the Lauberhorn-Wengen FIS Alpine Ski World Cup dates back to 1930 and takes place every year in mid-January. With the downhill course stretching over 4.4km, run times are usually 2.5mins where top speeds reach about 160kmh.
9. World’s Longest Staircase: Located in the Bernese Alps, the pyramid shaped mountain peak of Niesen over looks Lake Thun in Interlaken from 2,362m asl. Ascending the peak can be done via a funicular or by the impressive 11,674 steps!
10. World’s Only Peak-to-Peak Suspension Bridge: Boasting spectacular views of more than 24 snow-capped peaks of at least 4,000m asl including the Eiger, Monch, the Matterhorn, Jungfraujoch, and even Mont Blanc, the Peak Walk at Glacier 3000 is the world’s first suspension footbridge linking two mountains peaks.
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