Located in Alpspitze, Germany, AlpspiX was designed by Dieter Wallmann. Not for the faint hearted, the AlpspiX Viewing Platform was opened to rapturous applause on Sunday. The protruding structure is the brainchild of German architect Dieter Wallmann and provides an accessible viewing alternative to those unable to attempt the climb by foot. Hovering over the 1000m sheer drop below, the two steel beams cross one another in a quietly elegant embrace, ending in a sheet of clear protective glass.
Whilst the new viewing platform has been warmly received by many, Sunday’s opening ceremony was somewhat marred by the intrusion of an environmental activist, who likened the bridge to a ‘fast food experience’. Hanging himself from the end of the structure, Stefan Glowacz’s daring stunt raised the eternal question of when should man stop interfering with nature. Also attending the ribbon cutting was a host of classically German figures, including a lederhosen-clad band and several catholic priests, who blessed the bridge with the sign of the cross and holy water.
Weighing in at a mighty 30 tonnes each, the platforms have been constructed in a grid-like form so that snow can fall through them in the winter, permitting year-round tourism to the scenic hotspot. Also recently completed is The Summit Adventure Round Trail – a family-friendly 700m walk, suitable for all ages and most abilities. At regular intervals along the trail visitors can find information points, educating them on the alpine flora, fauna and geology of the beautiful area.