The exhilarating adventure sport of bungee jumping is practiced around the world, from dams, bridges, buildings and more. Bungee jumping is a great activity to do with friends. It’s also a great holiday activity, for a little top up of adrenaline between city sight-seeing, exploring and chilling on the beach. Bungee jumping is an accessible sport, as, unlike many other adrenaline-filled activities, bungee jumping does not require participants to be especially physically fit or sporty. There’s some crazy bungee jumps out there, just take a look at our list of the top 10 highest bungees in the world, dotted across the continents, and get inspired for your first try…
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Bungee, China – 260 metres
This 430 metre long glass bottom bridge in China’s Hunan Province, is home to the world’s highest bungee jump. Opened in 2016, this stunning piece of architecture spans a vast canyon 300 metres deep, in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and brings masses of tourist from all over the world. Head to the Zhangjiajie Bridge to get a glimpse of its UNESCO World Heritage area – the greater Wulingyuan Scenic Area that it is part of, through the bridge itself.
See stunning views of this gorgeous densely-forested mountain valley and the surrounding mountains as you jump from a platform connected to and just below the main glass suspension bridge, in a location you have to see to believe, (check out the video above). Set within an area of stunning natural beauty, that is known for being the partial inspiration for some of the stunning landscapes in the 2009 blockbuster movie, Avatar. Whilst in the area, after experiencing this incredible adrenaline rush, check out the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain and the Bailong Elevator.
Macau Tower, China – 233 metres
Head to Macau, an autonomous region on China’s south coast, to try the world’s second highest bungee jump. This glamorous, sunny resort city on the South China Sea is home to the Macau Tower which opened in 2001, and is a popular spot for adrenaline seekers from around the globe, wanting to conquer one of the world’s highest bungee jumps. After Macau businessman, Dr. Stanley Ho Hung-Sun visited the Auckland Sky Tower, he was so impressed that he wanted one like it to be constructed in his city. The building itself is 338 metres high, however, the bungee platform is at 233 metres, all the way almost to the ground, where you will be lowered to at the end of your jump.
In summer it is also possible to do a night time bungee jump, for an added thrill, seeing all the world-famous nearby casinos lit up as you freefall. With incredible views of the Zhujiang River Estuary and the area of Taipa across the bay, this is a scenic jump if ever there was one. On your jump you may reach speeds of up to 200km/h during a 4/5 second freefall before the bungee cord rebounds 30 metres above this location’s specially designed large airbag, which you will be lowered onto after your jump.
Contra Dam, Switzerland – 220 metres
The Contra Dam, also known as the Verzasca Dam or the Locarno Dam, takes the third spot, with a bungee jump at 220 metres. This popular bungee spot, located 10km from the lake-side resort town of Locarno, offers incredible views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Made famous in the opening scene of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye, adventurers travel from far and wide to try this incredible bungee jump.
Opened in 1965, this amazing work of engineering was not a bungee jumping location until shortly after the release of GoldenEye, as the film made the location an attractive destination for the activity. This arch dam is a sight to behold, even more so when you’re bungee jumping from its heights!
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Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa – 216 metres
At 451 metres long and 216 metres high, this stunning arch bridge, Bloukrans Bridge, is an incredible feat of engineering and a great place to try a bungee jump! Bridging the border between Eastern Cape and Western Cape, two neighbouring provinces on South Africa’s south coast, this bungee destination is just 30km from the popular coastal resort spot of Plettenberg Bay and just under a two hour’s drive from the city of Port Elizabeth. This fantastic adrenaline spot is located on South Africa’s world-famous Garden Route – situated within this National Park’s 300km stretch of stunning coastline.
Take your place at the centre of the bridge’s pedestrianised path, underneath the main vehicles-only topside of the bridge, get harnessed up and wait for your turn to experience this incredible thrill! With great views of the Bloukransriver the bridge takes its name from, as well as of the nearby Indian Ocean and the greenery-lined surrounding deep valley sides.
Booking information about the Bloukrans Bridge bungee.
Rio Grande Bridge, New Mexico USA – 206 metres
Only available on rare occasions, this is a bungee jump to tick off your bucketlist! This bungee jump offers a rare opportunity to see the surrounding New Mexico landscapes whilst freefalling over the Rio Grande River, flowing 206 metres below. Bungee jumping at this location, the highest in the US, is an experience only few get to participate in. The Rio Grande Bridge, also known as the Gorge Bridge, has no permanent bungee platform based there, but a number of touring bungee operators offer a select number of dates to try this activity.
Europabrücke (Europe Bridge) – 192 metres
This 777 metre long bridge, known as the Europa Bridge, or Bridge of Europe, opened in 1964 and is home to an incredible bungee! Spanning the Wipp Valley, around a 15 minutes drive south of the Austrian winter sports resort city of Innsbruck, this bridge is a sight to behold. Head to Europabrücke to bungee jump from 192 metres, reaching speeds of up to 120km/h in freefall. With stunning views of the surrounding Tyrolean Alps and of the River Sill below, this is a fantastic spot to try this exhilarating sport.
Booking information about the Europabrücke bungee.
Niouc Bridge Switzerland – 190 metres
Spanning the river Navisence, is the Niouc Bridge, the current highest suspension bridge in Europe. At 200 metres long, this bridge is almost as high as it is long, and is referred to by many as the Spider Bridge, a reference to its unique crisscrossing metal structure. The views from this bungee jump are incredible, see the alpine valley of Val d’Anniviers and the surrounding Swiss Alps peaks, such as the world-famous Matterhorn. The Niouc Bridge also has a great zipline and Europe’s highest swing, great ways of taking in the stunning scenery of this destination.
Booking information about the Niouc Bridge bungee.
Artuby Bridge, France – 182 metres
This arch bridge is located near the famous water sports spot of the gorgeous Gorges du Verdon. Spanning the Artuby River and its namesake canyon, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region of France, just before it flows into the larger Verdon canyon, this a stunning destination for bungee jumping.
Opened in 1946, this bridge offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and at 182 metres high, with a jump length of 160 metres, this is a jump of a lifetime. After your jump you will be lowered down into the canyon below and get to see the bridge from a whole different vantage point!
Booking information about the Artuby Bridge bungee.
Kölnbrein Dam, Austria – 169 metres
Opened in 1977, this arch dam in the eastern Alps in Austria is around 85km north-west of the alpine city of Villach, and the perfect spot to head to for a bungee jumping adventure! Located just north of the Ankogel Group mountain range, this is a stunning area to visit, with incredible scenery to take in on your jump.
For your bungee jump from Kölnbrein Dam, you’ll be lifted up from the top of the dam in a cage attached to a crane, positioned at the middle of the arch, from which you will jump from a height higher than the dam itself. Gain incredible views of the surrounding mountains and of the grassy valley far below, at this stunning Austrian bungee destination.
Vidraru Dam, Romania – 166 metres
Romania’s highest bungee jump! Head to the Vidraru Dam, set within the Southern Carpathian mountains, for stunning views and a thrill like no other. Opened in 1966, this dam harnesses an incredible amount of hydroelectric power and is the reason for the creation of the artificial Lake Vidraru, as the creation of the dam stayed the Arges River. For incredible views of this stunning thick-forested mountainous area, check out this bungee! Just under a 3 hours drive from the country’s capital of Bucharest, it’s definitely worth a trip!
The Last Resort Bungee, Nepal – 160 metres
Around a three hour’s drive from Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is the bungee site of ‘the Last Resort’ Bhote Koshi Bungee Jump. This incredible bungee, off a suspension bridge 160 metres above the fast flowing Koshi River, is a definite bucket list activity. Get stunning views of this gorgeous green river gorge in the heart of the Himalayas, as you freefall.
This location is also great for hiking, canyoning and rafting. Due to the location’s remoteness and the distance between the capital city and the bungee itself, you can for an extra fee, stay overnight at their tranquil resort lodgings close to the bungee. A great way to meet fellow adventurers and get some relaxation time after your bungee activity, in this beautiful densely-forested mountainous region.
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