If you’re going to throw yourself off a bridge with nothing more than a bit of rope tied around your ankles, you might as well make it a really big bridge. Or high wire. Or building. You get the point. For those adrenaline junkies looking for the biggest thrills they can find, here are the 10 biggest, baddest bungee jumps in the world. Five, four, three, two, one…bungee!
Sources: TheGuardian.com, Travel.CNN.com
The longest suspension bridge in Nepal, the Last Resort bungee looms over the rapids of the Bhote Kosi river, 60 miles east of Kathmandu and seven miles from the Tibetan border. See if you get the chance to take in the beauty of the surrounding jungle gorge as you plummet 160 meters towards the river below!
Located on the Arges River, the Vidraru Dam bungee in Romania is the country’s highest bungee-jumping site. Though it’s not the one featured in the opening credits of the James Bond flick, “Goldeneye,” it’s still a pretty sweet ride.
The Kolnbrein Dam bungee in Carinthia proves that you don’t always need a bridge to set up a bungee. The country’s daredevils took it upon themselves to construct a crane at the tip of the dam for like-minded daredevils to fly off. Impressively, the 169-meter jump isn’t even the biggest in Austria, but it’s worth a visit for thrill seekers.
Another crane jump, the 175-meter bungee at Altopiano di Asiago in Vicenza, Italy, is one of the few tandem-bungee opportunities for people who want to share the highest of thrills. Plus, you get the added bonus of ensuring your bungee partner can’t back out, given that you’re strapped together when you throw yourselves into thin air.
With the title of Europe’s Highest Bungee From a Suspended Bridge, the Niouc Bridge jump in Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland, offers a different type of activity for those boring with skiing and chocolate sampling. Nicknamed the “Spider Bridge” due to its crisscrossing cable wires, this jump is a bit scarier than most. The entire structure shakes throughout the set-up, jumping, and flying process. But keep your eyes on the views of the Navizence river and mountain peaks, and you’ll be just fine.
Holding the title of Austria’s Biggest Bungee (seriously, who knew there were so many Austrian adrenaline junkie opportunities?), the Europabrücke Bridge in Innsbruck is actually an interlink bridge between Austria and Italy, which makes sense given that its name translates to “Europe’s Bridge.” The bridge stretches 657 meters across the Wipp Valley, but jumpers are plunging the other way– a death-defying 192 meters down — towards the Sill river below.
South Africa’s Garden Route in the Western Cape is known for its incredible beauty and natural scenery. Those who tire of looking at the sights from inside a car can bungee 216 meters (709 feet) off Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma. Celebrities including Prince Harry and Jack Osborne have jumped it and lived. The views of surrounding valleys are absolutely breathtaking.
Featured in the dramatic opening of “Goldeneye,” the Verzasca Dam bungee in Ticino, Switzerland, also holds the distinction of being one of the only bungees in the world where you can take your jump in the middle of the night, with the moon for guidance (and a bunch of floodlights, but you get the point).
The world’s highest jump from a building, the Macau Tower jump in China offers a different option for those who tire of gambling in one of the casino capitals of the Far East. The 233-meter jump starts from the outer rim of the Macau Tower and features a “second-generation” bungee cord that allows jumpers to fall straight, rather than swing, so you don’t smash into the building and all that.
Formerly the highest suspension bridge in the world (until it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China in 2001), the Royal Gorge Bridge is still by far the highest bungee in the world, at a gulp-worthy 321 meters. However, given the extreme equipment needed to bungee here, jumping is only offered once a year during the Go Fast! games, and is by invitation only.