Since the first commercial bungee was set up by AJ Hackett in New Zealand in 1986 the sport has exploded – or perhaps we should say bounced – in popularity worldwide. Europe has been no exception with over 100 sites where you can bungy European style. But what are the best bungee jumps in Europe?
Bungee or bungy European style?
Is it bungy jumping or bungee jumping? Well that depends on whether you are doing an AJ Hackett affiliated ‘Bungy Jump’ or a ‘bungee jump’ with one of the many other companies.
The term ‘bungy’ is trademarked by AJ Hackett, which is why all other bungee jumps have a different spelling to the original. But don’t let that put you off the thrill is the same however you spell it!
Bungee jumping is fairly unique in extreme sports as anyone can do it without prior training. The fear before you jump is different for everyone, but the adrenaline rush is the same for all. Having bungeed a few times I can testify that it’s just as scary each time and that the buzz lasts for hours.
12 best bungee jumps in Europe
If you are planning to bungy European style there are plenty to choose from. Locally a seasonal bungee crane may appear for a few days from which you can jump. But to make your first extra special – mine was off the Nevis Highwire in New Zealand – you should do one of the best bungee jumps in Europe:
Contra Dam in Ticino, Switzerland
Availability: Mid-July to mid-August
Do you want to bungee jump like James Bond? Contra Dam in Verzasca became famous after it was used in the opening scene of the James Bond film ‘Goldeneye’. Ever since, thrill seekers from all over the world have come to get their thrills shaken not stirred.
The Contra Dam in Ticino is enormous, and is the third highest bungee jump in the world. Choose from the classic jump that’s ideal for first timers, the backwards jump to really get your adrenalin going or the night jump to get the ultimate full moon experience.
Kolnbrien Dam in Carinthia, Austria
Availability: Open between May and October
The Kolnbrein Dam in Carinthia, Austria is amongst the ten highest in the world, let alone in Europe. In fact, it is the tallest dam in Austria and bungee jumping here has been a popular attraction since 2010 when a skywalk was installed.
This jump offers a mind-blowing view so it’s a great place to bungy European style. It’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable moments of your life.
Europabrucke Bridge, Austria
Availability: May-October: Saturday and Sunday only, July-September: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The Europabrucke Bridge is amongst the seven highest bridges found in Europe. Not only is this one of the 10 best bungee jumps in Europe, it is also one of the most popular.
Be sure to reserve your slot to avoid disappointment. Forget the worries of everyday life as you plunge towards the face of the earth and hopefully have your fear to heights ripped from you for life forever.
Niouc Bridge, Switzerland
Availability: Open daily from 18th July to 14th August
Fly like a bird as you experience the freedom of bungee jumping off the side of this bridge. At 190 meters above ground, this is the highest bungee jumping experience from a suspension bridge in Europe. To bungy European style does not get much better than this.
Valgadena Bridge, Italy
Availability: Selected times only
This is one of the best bungee jumps in Europe if you don’t want to jump alone. As the Valgadena Bridge is one of the few places that allow you to jump with your friends or loved one, to share the experience and bring you closer together.
Take in the magnificent view with your special someone strappednto you and discover a new meaning to life on earth. Before you jump you can fully appreciate the stunning views of the Dolomites – a UNESCO world heritage site that is rammed with adventures year round.
Vidraru Dam, Romania
Availability: June – October
Not only is Vidraru Dam in Romania great for bungee jumping, it’s ideal for those who enjoy participating in extreme sports. It was one of the first valley arch dams in the county. At 166 metres high and 305 metres long, it is the fifth largest dam in Europe and perfect to bungy European style.
Veglio-Pistolesa Bridge, Italy
Availability: March – November
The Veglio-Pistolesa Bridge, commonly known at the Colossus Bridge, in Piedmont north west Italy is one off the highest and most spectacular bridges in Europe. At 152m above ground, this special bungee jumping experience cannot be missed.
A bonus is that second jumps are discounted to £70 and videos are cheaper here than most other places you can bungy European style. You can also leap at night making it one of the best bungee jumps in Europe.
Donauturm Tower, Austria
Availability: A few days a year
At 152m the Donauturm Tower in Vienna is the tallest structure in Austria, and in the top 100 worldwide. Unfortunately if you would like to bungy European style in Austrias capital you should be aware that this bungee is only available for a few days a year.
Ponte Colossus, Italy
Availability: Open from March
The Ponte Colossus Bridge in Italy is truly awe-inspiring and makes for one of the best bungee jumps in Europe. You’ll fall for 4.5 seconds reaching up to 100 km/hr.
Helsinki Crane Jump, Finland
Availability: July and August
As one of the highest crane bungee jumps in Europe this leap in Helsinki is well worth booking in advance. We realise that jumping off a crane is not the most spectacular, but being 150m in the air in relatively flat Helsinki gives you a great and unique view.
Availability: Monday-Saturday May to October
Fancy bungee jumping from a cable car? Of course you do! The only place you can do this in Europe is from the Stockhom in the Swiss Alps near Interlaken. Bungee jumping over beautiful Stocksee mountain lake it’s one of the moist stunning jumps in Europe.
Corinth Canal, Greece
This is one of the best bungee jumps in Europe because of it’s low price. So if jumping from some of the highest bridges is too mainstream for you, why not save yourself some money and jump over the Corinth Canal in Greece?
The Corinth Canal is a very narrow man-made 6.4km canal that connects mainland Greece and the Peloponnese. It used to save ships a 700 km and many days sailing to get around peninsula. Now, it is the most popular bungee jump in Greece.
Souleuvre Viaduct, France
Availability: Year round
Based in a beautiful Normandy valley over the Souleuvre River, this Viaduct is a stunning location. It is also the highest bungy jump in the world where you can touch the water – you can even go ankle deep – making it one of the best bungee jumps in Europe.
This is the only AJ Hackett site in Europe, meaning technically it is the only place you can really bungy European style. Being an AJ Hackett location there are plenty of other activities on offer including a bridge swing, yodel and pendulum.
Safety of bungee jumping
Despite high profile news stories to the contrary, bungee jumping is one of the safest extreme sports to participate in worldwide. Professionally run bungee jumps is almost completely safe – and you can expect European sites to have the safest standards.
Although fatalities from bungee jumping are exceptionally rare, minor injuries do sometimes occur – after all its an extreme sport. The most common is rope burn from the bungee cord and a sore throat from screaming!
But be aware that serious injuries such as dislocations, back or neck injuries and eye trauma do sometimes occur. So you should have adequate travel insurance – be sure to check bungee jumping is included.
It is also well worth having an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC previously known as E111). This gives you state medical care in the country you are visiting, similar to the NHS. If you need an E111 card it’s free and easy to get. But remember it is not a replacement for travel insurance.
We hope you have enjoyed this article and plan to bungy European style! Be sure to check out our adventure travel discounts as you could save a fortune on your next holiday.