Spectacular Walkways

Discover three thrilling staircases and bridges around the world.

By Aarti Virani

Each of these skyscraping passages is unique, but all afford sweeping 360-degree views.

The Treetop Experience

Haslev, Denmark

This serpentine timber ramp, which will clock in just shy of 1,970 feet, will offer lush and dreamy vistas of Denmark’s Gisselfeld Klosters forest preserve in summer 2018. The spiral walkway will be part of Camp Adventure, an outdoor park about an hour south of Copenhagen that teems with zip lines, playgrounds and hammocks. On the way to the steep summit (an hourglass-shaped observation tower) you will be able to rest on bleacher seating and explore an aviary. 19 Denderupvej; 011-45-38150030; effekt.dk; admission, $32*

The Treetop Experience, in Denmark.
The Treetop Experience, in Denmark. EFFEKT


New York City

When completed in 2018, acclaimed British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s bronzed steel and concrete vertical structure will preside over a plaza in Hudson Yards, an up-and-coming neighborhood on Manhattan’s far west side. Influenced by Busby Berkeley musicals and Indian baoris, or step wells, the basket-shaped marvel will consist of 15 stories, 154 interconnecting staircases, nearly 2,500 individual steps and almost a mile of upward pathways—making it the ultimate urban jungle gym. hudsonyardsnewyork.com

An interior view of New York’s Vessel. Forbes-Massie-Heatherwick-Studio

Tianlongchi Park

Henan, China

Hovering 315 feet in the air and stretching about 700 feet between two verdant peaks in central China, this glass bridge—yes, glass—shot to internet fame when more than 10,000 eager tourists, lured by temporary free admission, thronged it fearlessly during its opening weekend in June 2017. The good news: The see-through bridge is equipped to handle up to 614 pounds (roughly the equivalent of a baby grand piano) per square foot. admission, $7.50

Crossing the glass bridge at Tianlongchi Park, China. People’s Daily


  • *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: August 2017