Attractions to test your nerve
A brand new vertigo-inducing attraction is opening in the French Alps called ‘Step into the Void’.
It sees brave visitors walk inside a class cube that has been built on the edge of the summit of Aiguille du Midi – a 3,842 m (12,605 ft) peak in the Mont Blanc range near Chamonix.
So not only does it provide a breathtaking view out across the Alps, but it also gives you a bird’s eye view down into the valley underneath your feet, some 2,800m below.
It’s one of the latest in a string of tourist attractions that combine stunning views with heart-pounding thrills. Let’s take a look at where else in the world you can test your mettle on glass observation floors:
The Ledge, Willis Tower, Chicago
Visitors to Chicago can enjoy a Step-into-the-Void-style experience on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower by stepping out on the Ledge – a glass box jutting out 4ft from the Skydeck some 1,353ft above the city below.
CN Tower, Toronto
In Toronto, the CN Tower dominates the skyline. For hair-rising views of the city, take a walk on the curving glass floor 1,122ft above the ground.
Comfortingly, load tests are performed annually on each of the 50cm-wide glass panels to ensure they are safe. Allegedly, the 256 sq foot floor can take the weight of 14 hippos.
Skywalk, Grand Canyon West
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on Earth and the Skywalk is possibly the finest way to enjoy the vista.
This semi-circular walkway – 4,000 feet above the Colorado River – takes visitors out 70ft from the canyon edge for a real walking-on-air sensation.
Lookdown Window, Tokyo Tower
North America isn’t the only place, of course, that offers visitors the glass floor experience. Stand on the Lookdown Window at the Tokyo Tower, 145m above the city streets and test your nerve.