30 Jan COLLECTING EXPERIENCES, NOT THINGS: CROSSING THE STUBNERKOGEL SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Our motto and motivation is to “collect experiences, not things”. Whilst on our journey, we’re aiming to spend our time and money on spectacular experiences, to be left with incredible learnings and memories, not tangible objects. This way, we’re sure to keep our lives light without additional luggage, but also be the change we want to see in the world.
Our next featured experience is crossing the Stubnerkogel suspension bridge.
If I told you that you’d be crossing the highest suspension footbridge in Europe, at a mere -20 degrees Celsius, with close-to-Arctic winds blowing into your face, stinging your eyes and causing your nose to freeze, and your hands to lose feeling, would you do it?
If I told you that the trip up to the 2340m summit would take you 10 minutes in one of the most advanced cablecars, filled with photography enthusiasts, and views that would make the little fairy-tale-loving kid inside of you melt, would you go?
If you knew that the bridge crossing meant that you’d be hovering in fog-filled air, 28m above solid ground, on a metal structure that was 140m long and 1m wide, and was connecting two cliffs, with the sound of skiers and wind chill swooshing past, would you be keen?
Yeah, we were dead keen too! And it’s why we ventured up during our recent visit to Bad Gastein, for conditions that were colder than anything we’d ever experienced before. We didn’t quite know what we were getting into, but after getting over the shock that our bodies were numb and our hands were ready to snap off, we look back at the bridge crossing as one of our riskiest and most exciting memories to date.
We cannot recommend it enough. Seriously. Next time you’re in Bad Gastein, or even near Salzburg, budget for the €32 trip up to the Stubnerkogel Suspension Bridge – it is well worth it. And to defrost, check out the Felsentherme thermal baths at the bottom of the mountain – waters naturally get up to 40 degrees and there’s baths inside and out, a giant slide, and nudist saunas on the roof, which are epic…if you’re ok with nudity, of course. A 3-hour pass to the entire spa will cost you €23.