Be like 007 and feel the wind in your hair as you bungee jump from the same spot featured in the 1995 Bond film, GoldenEye… or go back in time and jump from the world’s first commercial bungee jump! If you have a real head for heights then head to the world’s highest dams, towers and suspension bridges. Bungee jumping is found the world-over, and our craziest bungee jump picks are located everywhere from Oceania, to Africa – take a look and get inspired…
Pretend you’re James Bond – Verzasca Dam Bungee – Ticino, Switzerland
For stunning Swiss Alps views, pop culture relevance and an incredible thrill, head to the Verzasca Dam. Located around 10km north-east of the picturesque lake-side city of Locarno in the south of Switzerland, this is the spot to go if you’re wanting to walk/jump in the same footsteps as the world’s greatest spy himself. This bungee jump featured in the unforgettable opening scene of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye, a stunt that has stuck in the collective memory ever since and is thus a popular destination for thrill seekers and film lovers alike.
This incredible feat of engineering, the Verzasca Dam, originally named the Contra Dam, opened in 1965, is a site to behold, and even better taken in by bungee. Head here for a jump from 220m over the sheer-drop of the dam’s concrete wall. This location offers incredible thrills, jumping from one of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping spots. This jump can even be done at night, it’s one of the main spots in the bungee world for night-jumps!
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Bungee jump from a Suspension Bridge – Niouc, Switzerland
In the middle of charming Swiss alpine countryside, over the river Navizence is Europe’s current highest suspension bridge, the Spider Bridge, named this in reference to its crisscrossing metal design reminiscent of a spider’s web. Built in 1922, this has been a popular bungee jumping location ever since adventure activities were first allowed on it in the mid-1990s.
At a height of 190m, the views from this bridge are incredible – views of the surrounding peaks of the Swiss Alps. Five of the nearby mountains stand at over 4000m high and the world-famous Matterhorn can be seen right in front of the bridge. Get stunning views of the rocky forest-covered scenery of the surrounding Val d’Anniviers. This spot is also home to a great zipline and Europe’s highest swing, also great ways of taking in the majesty of this spot.
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Bungee Jump from a Hot Air Balloon – Belogradchik, Bulgaria
The ultimate adrenaline rush, bungee jumping from a hot air balloon over the incredible Belogradchik Rocks! These rocks are a lesser-known but stunning natural rock formation on the Balkan Mountains’ western slopes. Though some of these rocks stand at almost 200m in height, they can’t be bungeed from themselves. So, head above them, via hot air balloon, and bungee jump over them and in amongst them! See this stunning area from the skies, from a perspective only very few get to gain!
This experience, combining two aerial adventures – hot air ballooning and bungee jumping, is a unique and thrilling experience. It is also a great way to see this nationally-beloved area of natural beauty. Marvel at the breathtaking naturally occurring reddish hues of these rocks, steeped in myth and legend. Open to groups, though only practiced one at a time, this experience is a perfect once-in-a-lifetime activity that is best shared with friends!
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The World’s First Commercial Bungee – Queenstown, New Zealand
Though not as high as the other bridges featured on this list, this spot is world-famous as it is where commercial bungee jumping originated! Go back to the sport’s roots and visit the Kawarau Suspension Bridge in the South Island of New Zealand. Located around 25km north-east of the popular adventure sports city of Queenstown. Opened in 1988 the Kawarau Bridge bungee, over the river of the same name, is also a great place to do a tandem bungee jump. Share this thrilling experience with a friend or family member – a truly unforgettable experience!
This bungee jump features on our list not only for its making history, but also for being a stunning jump of 43m over the Kawarau Gorge, with stunning views of river and forest that made this such a great debut commercial jump location in the first place!
Bungee from a Cable Car – Interlaken, Switzerland
Head up a mountain gondola in the alpine paradise of Interlaken, Switzerland, for a bungee jumping thrill like no other. Jump from 134 metres from this unique bungee in the Swiss Alps. Take in incredible views as you freefall over the crystal blue waters of Lake Stockensee, with the 2190m high Stockhorn mountain just across the lake.
Just around a 45 minute drive from the outdoor sports capital of Switzerland, Interlaken, this mountain gondola bungee jump is not to be missed! Whether you fancy falling backwards or jumping hands first into the void, this crazy bungee is one of the world’s most unique jumps!
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Bungee the World’s Most Famous Waterfall – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Potentially the world’s most famous waterfall, Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, makes for a spectacular backdrop to a bungee jump! This 108 metre high falls is just around a slight bend from the Victoria Falls Bridge which spans the Zambezi River that the falls flow from. The close proximity of this bungee jump to these falls is what makes this bungee so crazy. You’ll be freefalling in the mist of this world-famous waterfall!
Featuring a 111 metre drop, you will freefall for 80 metres and then experience the falls like few get to, swinging momentarily in its mist listening to the sounds of the tumultuous waters rushing past. Due to the falls lying between two countries, it’s important to check which visas you and any spectators or participating members of your group will need. However, this location is an outdoor sports hot-spot and is highly worth a visit, boasting incredible adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, ziplining, gorge swinging and helicopter flights.
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Bungee, the Spanish Way – Bridge Swinging near Barcelona, Spain
Puenting, stemming from the Spanish word ‘puente’ meaning ‘bridge,’ is the adventure activity of bridge jumping, or bungee jumping from a bridge. Puenting, unlike bungee jumping, instead of a freefalling downward motion, is characterised by its use of pendulum-like motion for an adrenaline rush. Jump from one side of the middle of a bridge, connected to specially-made ropes, and swing underneath the bridge back-and-forth, at speed!
Head to the Catalonian town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, around a 50km drive from the city of Barcelona, to try this exhilarating sport! Take a leap of faith and jump from the side of the Sant Sadurní d’Anoia Bridge for the chance to tandem swing with a friend or face the 30 metre drop experience on your own!
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Urban Bungeeing – London, England
The O2 Arena is a well-known destination for exhibitions, music and culture, but why not try bungee jumping right next to this iconic, spectacular structure, for a London experience you’ll never forget.
Head to North Greenwich, a little off the tourist track in the east of London, just south of the river, for a jump at 160 feet off a crane next to the O2. Boasting incredible views of London’s iconic landmarks, such as the Thames River and the stunning architecture of the Canary Wharf business district just across the way, this is the adventure to choose when visiting England’s capital city!
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