15 scary and awesome viewing platforms

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Visitors to Shanghai's 340-meter-high Skywalk held only by safety harness

Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness in Austria straddles a drop of 1,300 feet

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Think you can handle a 340-meter-high, open-air glass walkway?

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1. Shanghai Skywalk (China)

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Shanghai Skywalk: 340 meters up and no handrail
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At Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower, visitors will be able to walk around a new glass walkway on the outside of the building, 340 meters above the city.

Tickets aren’t yet on general sale – and there’s no confirmation when they will be – but when CNN visited Shanghai for travel series “In 24 Hours,” host James Williams just had to try it out.

Jin Mao Tower; 88 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, China; 200120

2. Brighton i360 (UK)

The i360 cost $55.9 million to build.

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, the 162-meter British Airways i360, opened in Brighton, England in August 2016.

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3. SkySlide at Skyspace LA (United States)

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Sliding above Los Angeles
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Since June 2016, visitors to the new OUE SkySpace LA observation deck atop Los Angeles’ U.S. Bank Tower have been able to coast down the SkySlide, a glass chute affixed to the outside of the building, going from the 70th floor to the 69th.

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OUE SkySpace; 633 West Fifth Street, Suite 840, Los Angeles, CA 90071; +213 894 9000; admission $25 for adults

You, some glass and 1,000 feet of nothing

4. Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness (Austria)

Visitors to Dachstein’s Stairway to Nothingness must first cross Austria’s highest bridge, the 100-meter-long Dachstein suspension bridge which straddles a drop of 396 meters.

The entire structure took six months to build and was created by an engineering firm specializing in high-altitude construction.

Dachstein Glacier Skywalk, Dachstein Glacier, Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria; +43 22042 800; admission: free

Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness, Dachstein Glacier, Austria; +43 0 3687/22042; admission $11 for adults

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5. Tokyo Skytree observation decks (Japan)

The Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s tallest structure, with a height of 2,080 feet (634 meters).

The upper one, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and 360-degree-views of the city, has a height of 1476 feet (450 meters).

Tokyo Skytree, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo; +81 (0)3 3623 0634; admission from $10 for adults

6. Kinzua Skywalk (United States)

The best way to recycle a viaduct.

When the Kinzua Viaduct was built in Pennsylvania in 1882, it was the longest and highest viaduct in the world.

In 2003, a tornado destroyed 11 of the 20 towers and it was decided that the remaining towers would be used to support the Skywalk.

Kinzua Skywalk, 1721 Lindholm Drive, Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania; +1 814 965 2646; admission: free

7. AlpspiX viewing platform (Germany)

At the base of Germany’s Alpspitze mountain, the AlpspiX viewing platform comprises two steel beams, both of which measure 79 feet (24 meters) in length.

AlpspiX viewing platform, Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; admission: free

8. EdgeWalk CN Tower (Canada)

Located on the roof of the CN Tower’s restaurant at a height of 1,168 feet (356 meters), the EdgeWalk allows visitors to slip into climbing harnesses and walk around the edge of Canada’s tallest structure.

The EdgeWalk holds the world record for world’s highest external walk attached to a building. CN Tower also has a glass-floored observation deck and outdoor SkyTerrace.

EdgeWalk, CN Tower, 301 Front St. W., Toronto; +1 416 601 3833; EdgeWalk Experience costs $145 (CAD $195)

9. The Ledge (United States)

The Ledge: One of the world's highest wedding venues.

The four boxes that make up The Ledge experience in Willis Tower, Chicago, are made from half-ton panels of glass. The walls consist of three layers, each half an inch thick.

It’s a popular site for wedding proposals – as if popping the question wasn’t scary enough – and visitors can even get married in them.

The Ledge, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago; +1 312 875 0066; admission $22 for adults

10. Cliffwalk (Canada)

The Cliffwalk is a 700-feet (213 meter) walkway attached to a granite cliff face above the Capilano River in British Columbia, Canada. The highest point is 300 feet (90 meters) above the river.

To attach the Cliffwalk, 16 anchor points were drilled 19 feet (six meters) into the rock face using 1,825 bolts, and 40 tons of steel were used.

Cliffwalk, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia; +1 604 985 7474; admission $30 (CAD $39.95)

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11. The View from The Shard (England)

London’s The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and The View From The Shard is located on floors 68, 69 and 72.

The View from The Shard, 96 Tooley St., London; +44 0844 499 7111; admission from $32 for adults (advance tickets)

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12. Stegastein lookout (Norway)

The platform's almost as beautiful as the view.

The glass panel at the end of this walkway gives visitors the impression they could simply fall off the end.

Stegastein lookout, Aurland-Laerdal Road, Aurland, Norway; +47 57 631400; admission is free, but the easiest way to access it is by a sightseeing tour from Flam ($34)

13. Top of Tyrol Stubai Glacier (Austria)

The Top of Tyrol viewing platform in Austria was completed in 2008 and provides visitors with spectacular views over 103 peaks.

Top of Tyrol, Stubai Glacier, Austria; admission free

14. Matteo Thun’s Viewing Platform (Italy)

Spectacular views of Italy's most beautiful gardens.

The best views of Italy’s Merano region are from this binocular-shaped viewing platform, high above the gardens’ huge oak forest.

Matteo Thun’s Viewing Platform, Gardens of Trauttmansdorff, Via San Valentino, 51/a, 39012 Merano Bolzano, Italy; +39 0473 255600; admission $13.30 for adults

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15. Grand Canyon Skywalk (United States)

This steel and glass, horseshoe-shaped walkway extends 70 feet (21 meters) over the lip of the Grand Canyon, almost one mile above the valley floor.

Grand Canyon Skywalk, 5001 Buck n Doe Road. Grand Canyon West, Arizona; +1 888 868 WEST; Gold package admission, including Skywalk, from $71.38

This story was originally published in September 2013. It was updated and revised in November 2016.

Freelance writer Tamara Hinson contributed to this story