Few adventure experiences can beat the rush of leaping into perilous depths from great heights, nearly crashing on land below, and then bouncing back toward the sky while safely attached to a bungee cord. Thus, bungee jumping has managed to garner a following of bungee addicts who always strive for more. They seek out the wildest, highest, and most danger-prone jumps to satiate their third for thrills. Below is a list of eight of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping facilities.
9. Vidraru Dam, Romania
Romania is home to the eighth highest commercial bungee jumping facility in the world. It is located on the Vidraru Dam that was built on the Argeş River to produce hydroelectricity. Today, it is a top destination for thrill-seekers who visit the dam to experience adrenaline rush by plunging 166 m from its bungee jumping facility.
8. Kölnbrein Dam Bungee Jump, Austria
An arch dam in Carinthia, Austria, the Kölnbrein Dam hosts the world’s seventh-highest bungee jumping facility. The dam, the tallest in Austria, is also a top tourist spot. A horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge called the “skywalk" was installed on top of the dam. It hosts the bungee jumping site that offers a fall of 169 m.
7. Niouc Bridge, Switzerland
The Niouc Bridge in Val d’Anniviers offers the lifetime experience of jumping over a deep canyon whose dark depths would boggle the minds of even the bravest. Located above the canyon’s swirling Navizence River, even a walk along the high suspension bridge can demand nerves of steel, let alone the 189 m fall offered by the Bungy Niouc. Other thrills like the "Giant Swing,” that is a bungee-like jump in an enormous circular loom and a zip lining facility are also available to those who seek more.
6. Europabrücke Bridge, Austria
Another extreme bungee jump that adventure-seekers can tick off their list is located in Austria. The 777 m long Europa Bridge in the country stands over the Sill River and has the word’s fifth-highest bungee jumping facility at 198 m. The facility is managed by Rupert Hirner Bungy Jumping who offer some incredible death-defying jumps over the bridge like Bungy Running and Rocket Bungy.
5. Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, South Africa
At a height of 216 m, South Africa hosts the world’s fourth-highest commercial bungee jumping facility. It is located on the Bloukrans in the Western Cape province of the country. Tourists on the Garden Route make sure they visit this bridge which is one of the tallest in the world. Face Adrenalin manages the bungee jumping facility at the bridge. It is the first of its kind in the continent to be jumped off. A walkway hangs below the highway that runs across the bridge. Adventure seekers must walk along the walkway to reach the highest part of the bridge’s arch. Here, they jump off the bridge amidst stunning vistas.
4. Verzasca Dam Bungee Jump, Switzerland
The 220-meter tall Verzasca Dam or Contra Dam in Ticino, Switzerland, serves as the perfect venue to experience some adrenaline rush. It was made popular when the stunt double of James Bond in the film GoldenEye plunged off the dam in the opening sequence. The scene became so popular that a part of the dam was leased to Trekking Team adventure outfitters to operate a bungee jumping facility. A series of jumps including a classic plunge, a backward jump, and even night jumps are offered to those who dare to be there.
3. Kaligandaki River, Nepal
Standing at a height of 224 m, the Kaligandaki River bungee jumping facility is one of three bungee jumping spots in Nepal (the other two are at Pokhara and Bhotekoshi). The newly-opened facility is found less than 200 km away from Kathmandu.
2. Macau Tower Bungee Jump, China
The second tallest commercial bungee jumping facility is also in China. It is located in the Macau Tower in Sé, Macau. The tower is 338 m tall and is equipped with an observation deck that provides dramatic panoramic views of the surroundings. Thrill-seekers from across the globe are attracted to this venue as it has the world’s second-highest bungee jumping facility. Located at 233 m, the facility allows jumpers to pitch off the tower and free fall for over 6 seconds before the bungee cord rebounds. One of the world’s most trusted outfitters, AJ Hackett, manages this facility.
1. Baling Bridge Bungee Jump, China
At a towering height of 370.25 m, the Balin or Balinghe Bridge is among the highest bridges in the world. It extends for 2,237 m over the Balin River in Guanling County in Guizhou Province of China. The commercial bungee jump facility located on this bridge recently made a world record when it was marked the highest of its kind by Guinness. On January 12, 2019, 12 people including 6 professional bungee players and 6 bungee fans participated in the Guinness World Record Official Challenge to prove it is the world’s tallest commercial bungee facility. They were successful in this endeavor.