Feel like an angel. Experience the sensation of an alpine skydive while standing still. Act out a suicide. Taste your heart in your mouth. It’s all possible with ‘Step into the Void’, a glass box perched on the edge of a French mountain nearly 4000m (13,123ft) above sea level.
Opened in December 2013, the ‘Void’ is made of three layers of tempered glass fixed to a support structure, stands over a sheer drop of more than 1000m and has stunning views out to Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union.
Just getting there is an adventure – you start in Chamonix and take two cable cars to get there, the second of which holds the record for the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world. You arrive at a monolithic structure reminiscent of Blofeld’s lair in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service that’s built – somehow – into the peak of the Aiguille du Midi mountain. The fare of €55 covers return trips on both cable cars and entry to the ‘Void’.
Want more adventure? The box can withstand winds of more than 137mph (220km/h), so go when it’s howlin’. Just don’t refuse to wear the slippers they provide to protect the glass floor – that’s just asking for trouble.