The 12 most beautiful bridges for bungee jumping in France

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Are you a thrill-seeker? Discover the 12 bridges and viaducts where you can bungee jump in France.

Originally, bungee jumping was an initiation rite known as gol. It has been practiced for decades by the inhabitants of Vanuatu. By throwing themselves from a bamboo tower over twenty-five meters high, held in place only by the vines attached to their feet, young men from this small Pacific island prove their bravery and rise to manhood.

Between 1980 and 2000, modern bungee jumping was developed by Alan John Hackett. In 1987, he made his first bungee jump from the Pont de la Caille in France. He used a bungee cord made of over a thousand latex threads, which could be stretched at will. AJ Hackett repeated the feat a few months later, jumping from the Eiffel Tower in Paris without authorization. This feat further popularized this outdoor activity, ideal for thrill-seekers. Attached to an elastic rope, either at the ankles or the torso, or both, millions of people around the world now practice this activity.

France is no exception. While there are many jumping options available, bridges and viaducts are particularly popular with professional jumpers and other tourists looking for an unusual activity.

Ready to throw yourself into the void? Here are the 12 bridges and viaducts where you can bungee jump in France.

1. The Artuby bridge

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Are you brave enough? Take the plunge from Europe’s highest bridge! Located in an idyllic setting in the Var department, the Artuby bridge rises to a height of over one hundred and eighty-two meters. Also known as the Chaulière Bridge, it overlooks the Artuby River and the Gorges du Verdon. It’s the ideal place to experience the thrill of the air while enjoying the magnificent scenery.

2. Ponsonnas bridge

This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular bungee jumping spots in France. Located in the Isère region, just outside Grenoble, the Pont de Ponsonnas is one of the most popular spots for thrill-seekers, rising to a height of one hundred and three meters. Sensitive souls abstain!

3. Saint-Georges-le-Gaultier viaduct

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Not far from Paris lies the Saint-Georges-le-Gaultier Viaduct, built in 1912 to accommodate a railway and tramway line. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the First World War put an end to this project, which was to link Le Mans to Alençon. Finally, many years later, the Viaduc de Saint-Georges-le-Gaultier, crossing the Vaudelle river, became one of France’s premier bungee jumping sites. The surrounding area is also a great place to take a walk with family or friends.

4. Bridal Bridge

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This bridge, located in the Alpes-Maritime region and used by the train du Sud to cross the Var river, takes its name from a sad story. One wedding night in the 1920s, a bride fell into the Gorges de Daluis, eighty meters below. Despite this tragedy, today the bridge is a popular spot for tourists and bungee jumpers alike. At over one hundred kilometers per hour, you’ll skim over the waters of the river and enjoy a unique experience in a beautiful setting.

5. The Recoumène viaduct

South of Saint-Étienne, just an hour and a half from Lyon, the Recoumène viaduct is the ideal place for bungee jumping in France. Surrounded by greenery, the viaduct offers a sixty-five-meter leap into the void. Built between 1921 and 1925, the viaduct was originally intended as a railway bridge, but was never completed. Today, it welcomes over fifty thousand visitors a year.

6. Napoleon Bridge

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This sixty-three-meter-high bridge is ideal if you want to make your first bungee jump in France. Named in honor of Napoleon III, who was particularly fond of the Midi-Pyrénées region, the bridge overlooks the Gave de Gavarnie valley, providing an ideal setting for bungee jumping.

7. The Coquilleau viaduct in Vendée

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Looking for a unique place to enjoy an unusual experience? Head for La Roche-sur-Yon and the Coquilleau viaduct in the Vendée! This fifty-two-meter bridge awaits you for a jump you’ll never forget. Fifty-two meters high, the Coquilleau viaduct is the ideal place for your first bungee jump. Put on your harness, fasten your bungee cords, take a deep breath and throw yourself into the void.

8. The Souleuvre viaduct

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Built at the end of the 19th century, this Norman viaduct was designed by Gustave Eiffel himself, to link Caen to Vire by rail. Abandoned, only the Viaduc’s stone pillars remain. From here, at a height of sixty-one metres, you’ll leap into the void for an unforgettable bungee jump.

9. Culan viaduct

In the Cher département, this former railroad line was built in 1883 to link Châteauroux and Montluçon. It rises fifty-five metres above the Arnon Gorge. Rail operations ceased in 1987, and the site has become one of the most popular bungee jumping spots in the Centre region. Before plunging into the void, take time to admire the surrounding view, including the 13th-century Château de Culan.

10. Claudon Viaduct

Also known as the Tatal bridge, the Viaduc de Claudon is located in the heart of the Vosges, just a stone’s throw from Épinal. Every year since 1999, thousands of people have come here to experience the thrill of diving from a height of forty-three meters over a beautiful freshwater basin built especially for the activity. Long forgotten, this former railroad line is now the pride and joy of the small village of Claudon.

11. Saint-Gervais bridge in Haute-Savoie

Close to Mont-Blanc, come and try out one of the best places for bungee jumping in France! Built in 2012, the Saint-Gervais bridge offers breathtaking views over the Bonnant valley and Europe’s highest peak. Get ready for a ninety-meter leap into the void!

12. Isle Jourdain viaduct

In the Poitou-Charentes region, the Isle Jourdain viaduct was built between 1881 and 1884 to accommodate a railway line. Today, you can take a spectacular leap of more than forty-seven meters over the Vienne River. You’ll undoubtedly touch the waters of the river and take home an unforgettable experience.

Are you a regular bungee jum per? Share your favorite bungee jumping spots in France in the comments.