A few weeks ago, we showed you a terrifying Alpine tourist attraction called “Step Into the Void“. It’s a glass cage that hangs more than 1000m above the mountains. But the Void is hardly the first heart-stopping skywalk — in fact, these are dozens out there that are just as scary.
Picture: Charlotte Morrall
I’m not afraid of heights, but I don’t know how would I react to “Step Into the Void”. Experts say that our brains get a bit confused in such environments, and often need some time to acclimate to the new, physics-defying situation it’s in. Even if you’re not near the Alps, you can test yourself below — we’ve collected 14 more or less similar skywalks from around the globe. Enjoy the view!
Spectators look at the city from a walkway perched a dizzying 268m up a landmark downtown tower in Sydney, Australia. The “Skywalk” is a 160m circuit running around the Sydney Tower.
Tourists walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Operated by the Hualapai Indian tribe, at 1219m, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is the second highest glass floor on Earth.
Picture: Darrin Bush, Las Vegas News Bureau/AP
Here’s the view down from the glass floor extension of the Calgary Tower, a 191m tall free-standing observation tower in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Picture: Marilyn Peddle
A visitor to the glass Skywalk at the top of the 158 meters (519 ft) high Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, UK.
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Looking down through the glass floor of the 170m high Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK.
Picture: James Maskell
Here, a girl looks down from “The Ledge”, Chicago’s 442m high Willis Tower. The glass balcony is suspended 412m in the air and juts out 1.2m from the Sears Tower’s 103rd floor Skydeck.
Picture: Kiichiro Sato/AP
And here’s the glass cage named “Pas dans le Vide” (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak (3842m high) that I mentioned earlier. Visitors can enjoy the view of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, from the platform, which just ousted the Grand Canyon Skywalk as the highest glass floor above ground on Earth.
Picture: Alexis Moro/AP
Here’s the view from the first floor of the 540m tall Ostankino TV Tower, Moscow, Russia.
Picture: Andrey Belenko
The Southern Hemisphere’s highest glass cage viewing platform can be found in the 297m high Eureka Tower, located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Picture: Eureka Skydeck 88/Facebook
The glass floored corridor of the Shanghai World Financial Center observation deck puts visitors above the city at 474m.
Picture: Kenneth Moore
A view through one of the two “look down windows” on the first floor of the Main Observatory at the 333m high Tokyo Tower.
Picture: Torsodog/Wikimedia Commons
Looking straight down from 350m observation deck of the 634m tall Japan Skytree in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.
Picture: Pasha C
Here’s the terrifying glass floor section of the 468m high Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai, China.
Picture: Jornny Liu
Looking through the glass floor section of the 553m CN Tower observation deck, in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Picture: Nic Redhead
Bonus treat: if you’re not thrilled inside the CN Tower, you can take a tethered walk on the Edge Walk, on a 1.5m wide ledge that’s 356m off the ground.
Picture: CN Tower/Facebook
Picture: Geoffrey Gilmour-Taylor