Need This New Invention? Glass Box Suspended Over The Alps
A new attraction in the French Alps opens today. It is a not-so-simple glass box that is suspended more than 3,200 feet above the valley below. The attraction, known as Step into the Void, is billed as the tallest in Europe. The box is the newest addition to the viewing platform at the top of Aiguille du Midi. The box is glass on top and bottom, as well as three sides, so that you can see everything -- including straight down!
The viewing platform is accessed by a cable aerial tram and provides a spectacular view of the French and Italian Alps, including the famous Mont Blanc to the south. It took three years to install the glass box and make sure that it was safe and secure. The glass is actually three layers of tempered glass to make it extra strong.
Visitors are asked to remove their shoes and wear special slippers to help protect the glass from pitting and scratching. They then get to experience the feeling of stepping into thin air without that pesky gravity thing kicking in. For those afraid of heights (like me) it is the stuff of which nightmares are made. For everyone else it is an amazing experience.
The cost to "Step into the Void" is 55 Euros -- about $75. Not bad for what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. The price also includes the aerial tram ride to the top of the mountain. How much you spend in the gift shop once you get there is entirely up to you.
Be prepared to deal with the effects of altitude. The top of Aiguille du Midi and its new viewing platform is more than 12,500 feet high. Warning: stepping into the glass box may cause vertigo. Unless you are me and wouldn't go near it without some really strong medication!
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Laurie Kay Olson
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