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10 Breathtaking Viewing Platforms and Skywalks

Stephanie Valera
Published: April 1, 2013

AlpspiX Platform, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Tourists enjoy the view from the Alpspix viewing platform at the base of Alpspitze peak near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Credit: Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

You'll find the world's most breathtaking views atop snow-covered mountain ranges or just feet away from crashing waterfalls, but who wants to risk life and limb just to get that Facebook-worthy shot? Luckily, tourist attractions are making it easier (and much safer) for visitors to enjoy thrilling panoramic views with cleverly designed viewing platforms. From a five-fingered platform that looks out to the Austrian Alps to a transparent walkway that stretches out of a canyon, we round up 10 viewing platforms, observation decks and skywalks that take you to the edge—and back.

Protruding from the top of Mount Osterfelderkopf in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the AlpspiX platform opened to the public in July 2010 amidst "rapturous applause," according to World Architecture News. And it is indeed impressive. The platform hovers over a 3,280-feet drop into the Höllental Valley and offers stunning views of the German Alps. The structure consists of two 40ft criss-crossing steel platforms, and glass walls at the end of each arm. Each arm of the ‘X’ is about 9ft wide and formed of a grid, which will allow snow to pass through it during winter, according to the Daily Mail.

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