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Thrill Seekers unite! Take a look at three of the scariest walks in Europe

El Camino Del Rey

Located in Malaga, El Camino Del Rey (The King’s Pathway) has provided adrenaline junkies with the perfect playground on which to experience exhilarating highs and, sadly, some unfortunate lows since its inauguration in 1921. Originally, the walkway was constructed to provide an efficient route between two hydroelectric power plants which were situated at Chorro Falls and the neighbouring Gaitanejo Falls. It was initially received with great interest and Spain’s then King, Alfonso VIII even traversed the crossing, giving the walkway its name.

Eventually, though, it fell into a state of disarray and the walkway was no longer usable, except by those looking to seek adventure on the deteriorated paths.

In 2006, the following video went viral, providing a vertigo-inducing ‘Point of View’ look at the entire route, and consequently established the path as a favourite amongst daredevils and rock climbing enthusiasts; despite the walkway having been officially closed to the public following a number of tragic fatalities.

Combined efforts between the governments of Andalusia and Malaga have resulted in the pathway being restored, eventually reopening in 2015. Whilst purists may bemoan the lack of the authentic heart-pounding experience, the climb still boasts spectacular views of the surrounding coastline and remains a popular destination for travellers looking for something to test their will and raise their heart-rate.

Via Ferrata

Also known as ‘Iron Roads’, Via Ferrata are present across the entirety of Europe’s largest exclusive mountain range, the Alps. Put in place by soldiers during World War II to help traverse the most treacherous of Alpine routes, many of  these mountainous additions are still intact today and provide the foundations for climbing, which range from being suitable for beginners and children, to routes capable of challenging those with a lifetime of mountaineering experience. The most commonly sought Via Ferrata are located in the Italian Dolomites, and the ‘Rino Pisetta’ route currently stands as one of the most difficult and death-defying examples of these ‘iron roads’, and its completion rewards skilled climbers with stunning views of the surrounding Lake Tobino.

Trift Bridge

We’re going to look at something a little bit different, and a little bit less physically demanding with the awe-inspiring, Trift Bridge, which can be found suspended in the midst of the beautiful Swiss Alps. This gigantic pedestrian bridge hangs precariously above the gleaming Lake Triftsee, and, until recently, held the distinction of being the longest pedestrian-only bridge in the world at over 170 metres in length and hanging at a height of 100 metres.

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