Terrifying Spots to Bungee Jump Off a Building

Jumping off from a height with just a rope attached to your legs is scary no matter what, but you can amp up the adrenalin levels by by bungee jumping off a high-rise tower, dam or bridge. So while, of course, you can jump off moving objects like hot air balloons or planes, here are our top picks for terrifying spots to bungee jump off a building or built form.

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Verzasca Dam, Switzerland

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We’ll start with this simply because James Bond has jumped off this bridge! Check out the scene from GoldenEye here for some inspiration. They dub this one of the world’s most famous jumps and there are options for beginners (the 007 Classic, which involves jumping out head first with your feet attached to the elastic rope), while for more experienced jumpers there are backwards and night jumps. Finally, for very experienced jumpers (who’ve done about three jumps) there’s the 007 Ultimo, which involves jumping feet first holding on by your hands. Located in southern Switzerland in the Locarno lakes region, the dam wall itself is 220 meters high. Bookings are essential, head to Trekking Team for more information. Note: This dam is officially called the Contra Dam.

AJ Hackett Macau Tower, China

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The AJ Hackett Macau Tower bungee jump is the world’s highest jump with the starting platform at 233 metres. There’s a special cable system which ensures you don’t go crashing back into the tower wall itself. Macau is located on mainland China, kind of near Hong Kong but across the Pearl River Delta. It’s known as a gambling mecca, so if you fancy gambling with your life (just joking) do this jump! You can check out a video of this extreme sport here. Book ahead.

Stratosphere Tower, United States

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Located in Las Vegas, the SkyJump bungee off the Stratosphere Tower holds the Guinness World Record for the highest commercial decelerator descent. You’ll be jumping from the 108th floor – and not many people can say that! And besides, when in Las Vegas. If you stay in the hotel located in the same building there’s a special discount offered. Don’t forget to book your jump ahead of time.

Auckland Sky Tower, New Zealand

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New Zealand is an adventure sports and nature-lovers mecca, and the Auckland Sky Tower SkyJump will see you hurling yourself off New Zealand’s tallest building! Plummet 192 meters at 85 kilometers per hour! They say it’s more like base jumping because it’s so fast, with a grand total of 11 seconds of free-fall. The coolest part is, you’ll be joining Beyonce – because she’s done this jump! Check out the video here. You can also combine it with the SkyWalk activity, which is walking on top of the tower – with no handrails – just you and a 192 meter drop. There’s a discount price for doing both activities.

Bungee off a Bridge!

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Not heading to any of the above locations soon? Well, there are still plenty of other terrifying spots to bungee jump off a building or built form. Bridges offer another very picturesque and extremely thrilling location from which to jump, here are a few of our favourites:

Europabrücke, Austria: Located in Innsbruck in the western part of Austria in the Tyrol, you’ll find Europabrücke, which translates to Europe Bridge. Conquer your fears in a beautiful setting by jumping from 192 meters high. This jump also goes by the name of Rupert Hirner Bungy Jumping, and make sure you book in advance. While in Austria you could also swing by Kölnbrein Dam, from where they have bungee jumping sometimes. They use a crane on top of the bridge from which you jump. Scary stuff!

Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa: Jumping 216 meters off the bridge above the Bloukrans River below. It holds the record as the first African bridge bungee.

Royal Gorge Bridge, United States: We wrote about this bridge – located in Colorado – recently as one of the scary suspension bridges you DO want to cross, however, this has also been a thrill-seekers dream jump in the past. It’s not always open for bungee jumpers (in fact it’s only open during special events for jumpers), but contact Go Fast Games for the latest information.

Niouc Bridge, Switzerland: During summer, the Niouc Bridge (also one of the world’s scariest suspension bridges) is often open to bungee jumpers. The jump is about 190 meters into a 200 meter canyon.

Note: In this article we have used the spelling “bungee,” except when the spelling “bungy” is used as part of a company name.

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Can You Bungee Jump from a Helicopter? (Locations & Prices)

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Since bungee jumping became established as an extreme sport in the late 1980s, there have been many weird and wonderful ways in which enthusiasts have attempted to go one better. It’s no surprise then that bungee jumping from a helicopter soon made the list of crazy jump attempts. But can you safely bungee from a helicopter?

Can you bungee jump from a helicopter? You can bungee jump from a helicopter. However, there only a handful of bungee operators around the world who offer the experience, and the prices can be expensive, sometimes as high as $10,000 US dollars.

If you want to bungee jump from a helicopter, then I’ve listed a few of the commercial operators who offer this as an experience a little lower down the page. Before that though, let’s look into the history of this particular jumping style.

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The history of helicopter bungee jumping

If you’ve read my overview of how bungee jumping originated you will be aware of AJ Hackett from New Zealand. He’s often referred to as the god father of bungee, and there’s good reasons too!

As you would expect, AJ Hackett was the first person to ever bungee jump from a helicopter. He performed the stunt in 1990 over the Normandy region in France, with a total fall of 380 meters.

Fast forward to 1998 and AJ Hackett was ready to bring the experience to the masses by opening Europe’s first ever permanent heli-bungee experience. The experience was set up in collaboration with the Sports Unlimited company offering helicopter jumps in Nuremburg, Germany.

In 2005, AJ Hackett actually set a world record for the highest tandem bungee jump. And yes, you guessed it, from a helicopter. The record was achieved over Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia at a height of 300 meters. The record has still not been beaten. If you fancy beating the challenge check out the Guinness World Records website listing.

Helicopter bungee jumping locations (where you can do it)

There aren’t many places around the world you can bungee jump from a helicopter. As you can imagine, the logistics and expense play a huge part. However, there are some places you can do it. Here’s a list of locations and operators I found.

1. Kiskunlacháza-Bankháza Airport, Hungary

This Hungarian operator lets you bungee from a height of 600 meters, with a bungee cord that will extend to 110 meters. It’s a very professional company and they give you the option of swinging in an upright position or dangling upside down – it’s up to you!

The entire experience takes one hour, with dates having to be booked far in advance as they don’t operate all year round. You can see a clip of one of their helicopter bungee jumpers in the video below.

2. Maggiore Lake, Italy

I am not sure if this Italian operator still offers the helicopter experience, as I’ve not found any information from the last 10 years. But I did see an old forum post from the early 2000s from a person who had done it with them, so get in touch for more details.

Their helicopter was said to climb to a height of 500 meters before letting the jumper out.

3. Lisbon, Portugal

The Impacto Bungee Jumping company are one of Portugal’s leading operators, offering jumps from cranes and bridges… and also helicopters if you contact them for a quote.

They have been responsible for safely delivering thousands of bungee jumps since 1993 over Portugal and the Madeira Islands.

4. Various locations, Germany

The Jochen Schweizer Bungee Jumping company in Germany offer multiple locations around the country and have helicopters that will climb to 500 meters.

5. Nuremburg, Germany

This is the company I mentioned that launched with AJ Hackett in 1998. If you want to helicopter bungee jump in Europe, this is definitely the supplier to go with.

Sports Unlimited offer a heli-bungee jump from a height of 400 meters for those brave enough to take up the challenge.

6. Villarrica Volcano, Chile

I’ve deliberately left this one until last because not only is it the most expensive, but it’s also the most insane helicopter bungee jump you could ever imagine… it’s over a volcano. And not just any volcano, but a live one. Check out the photo of the Villarrica Volcano lava below.

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Photo copyright of Jonathan Lewis [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The experience goes something like this; you get in the chopper, rise up to 10,000 feet, put your legs onto the skids, and take in the breath-taking views of the Chilean countryside.

You then start to approach an active volcano with hot and bubbling lava. Will your nerve hold out? I hope so, because you’re going to be plunge directly over the volcano… and you might even feel the heat.

The bungee cord will stretch to between 350 and 375 feet, meaning you end up dangling about 700 feet over the lava.

And if that wasn’t crazy enough… they don’t bring you back up but instead speed the 35 miles back to the local airport with you still dangling on the cord!

You will be paying big bucks for this experience as you can imagine. It’s a 5-day experience which includes accommodation at a high-end resort.

If you want to find out more about this once in a lifetime experience, contact the company using the website address below.

How dangerous is it to bungee jump from a helicopter?

Bungee jumping isn’t a sport for the faint-hearted. But, despite what might appear to be a high-risk activity, the deaths and actually quite rare. I previously wrote about how many people die bungee jumping, with the statistics reading at just over one on average each year.

When you put a helicopter into the equation, the risks are going to be very different compared to bungee jumping from a static platform.

According to reports I’ve read, jumpers experience increased swinging and pendulum motions due to the down draft from the chopper blades. If you have a weak stomach, it might not be for you.

There is also the added complication of the helicopter not having any on-board mechanism to pull you back in. So, once you’ve jumped, you’re going be left hanging there until the chopper can land.

That in itself could present a higher risk of injury, especially when they start to come into land and lower you to the ground.

What you need to appreciate is that you’ve taken two activities and combined them into one. This means the risks of death will be multiplied, however small they might be.

Imagine what could happen to a helicopter in the worst-case scenario, add the worst-case scenario from bungee jumping and you have your risks right there.

However, with proper planning and experienced operators, the chances of an accident are extremely rare.

Helicopter bungee jumping prices

It’s hard to pin down average costs for helicopter bungee jumping because most operators don’t offer it as a standard experience. Many will ask you to contact them for a quote.

The Chile Volcano experience obviously comes at a very high prices, but other operators can offer prices as low as $557 British pounds or $715 US dollars.

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As with any bungee jump, how much it costs will depend on how high you go, the location, and the country the experience happens in.

Can you bungee jump from a plane?

In theory you could bungee jump from a plane, but there are no operators who offer this experience to the public. It’s impractical, dangerous, and very hard to achieve, plus would require some extreme logistics to pull off.

The plane would need to be flying very slowly, and after the jump, the person will be trailing behind the plane rather than being in a vertical position. That alone sounds crazy enough.

But then there’s the getting down again. I would imagine they would need to be wearing a parachute and have a mechanism to disconnect the bungee cord from their ankles in order to get to earth safely.

Will Smith’s helicopter bungee jump

To finish up, I wanted to show you a video of movie star Will Smith bungee jumping from a chopper over the Grand Canyon. He did this in celebration of his 50 th birthday and live-streamed the event on YouTube.

Conclusion

Now you know where you can do it, are you tempted to try bungee jumping from a helicopter? If you are, I would advise you contact the operators listed above at least 12 months in advance.

If you’ve never bungeed before, read these tips for first timers to help you get prepared for what the experience is going to be like.

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How to Bungee Jump

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Ever hear people say, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?” Well if you would like to answer yes to that question, then bungee jumping is the answer! Bungee jumping can be an incredible experience and it is important to prepare yourself.

Finding the Location

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  • Many harnesses are attached to your ankles and can exacerbate any ankle or knee problems you may be experiencing.
  • Neck and back injuries can make it difficult to bungee jump because of the pressure being put on them during your jump. Speak to your doctor.

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Make sure you are old enough. Some outfitters will allow jumpers as young as 14, others only allow those 16 years old and above. In many cases, if you are under 18 then your parent or guardian will have to accompany you to sign any waivers the outfitter provides. [2] X Research source

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  • You can jump from bridges, cranes, platforms on buildings, towers, hot air balloons, helicopters or cable cars. Choose whichever location appeals most to you. [4] X Research source

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  • The BERSA (British Elastic Rope Sports Association) Code of Safe Practice is a safety guideline for operators. [6] X Research source It covers three important topics: informed participation (meaning you must understand the risks involved), redundancy (meaning there are back-up systems in place so that if one component fails the whole system will not fail) and competence (meaning that all equipment and personnel must be of sufficient quality to competently perform their function). This code allows you to ensure that your operator is safe. [7] X Research source

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This also helps you check up on the outfitter and ensure they know what they are doing. You can ask about their equipment, staff training, operating standards, history and so on. This helps you determine how knowledgeable, friendly and safe they are as an outfitter.

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Look into costs. Look into costs in advance as well- expect to pay up to $100 or more. Many outfitters will charge a deposit when you book which could be around $50 or half of the total cost.

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Book your jump. You might want to book in advance to ensure that when you arrive you are able to jump. Some outfitters require advance booking because you have to take transportation to the location of the jump.

Preparing Yourself

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  • Just because you are afraid of heights does not mean you won’t jump. Bungee jumping is a very different experience and you may not feel the same while jumping- especially because of the adrenaline rush!

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Dress correctly. Wear comfortable clothes and tuck your shirt in so that it does not fly up when you decelerate, showing everyone your stomach. Similarly do not wear a skirt. Your clothes should not be restrictive or too loose. Shoes should be flat-soled and attach securely to your feet. Do not wear boots or shoes that come up high on your ankles or else they can interfere with connecting the ankle harnesses. [9] X Research source

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Tie up your hair. If you have long hair you must tie it up so that it does not get stuck in any of the components or hit you in the face while you are jumping.

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  • A body harness will allow you to move around more easily and complete spins or flips more easily. If you are connected via a body harness you should have at least a sit harness and shoulder harness, or a full body harness. [4] X Research source
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  • Other types of dives include the back dive, railing jump (similar to swallow except you are jumping off a railing on some bridges), bat drop (where you are hanging upside down on the edge of the platform before jumping and then simply drop), elevator (drop feet first but can be very dangerous and break your ankles) and tandem (jumping with two people at one time). [4] X Research source

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Watch others jumping. Take some time to relax and watch other people jump before starting your experience. This can help you ease your mind and nerves.

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Shave your legs. If you are using a leg harness, then they will have to lift your pants to strap it on. If the sight of your unshaven legs embarrasses you, be sure to shave prior to jumping.

Jumping Off

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Sign in with your outfitter. You will pay the balance for your jump if you have not already and sign a few forms and waivers. Although bungee jumping is very safe, they will want to make sure you understand the potential risks. If you have any questions about the waiver, do not hesitate to ask a crew member.

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Be prepared to be weighed. They will weigh you to make sure they are using the correct equipment for you body weight and to make sure you are not over the weight limit of the outfitter.

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Go to the top of the bungee bridge. When you get to the top of the bungee, there will be instructors up there who will prep you. If you can make it to the top, then you should be fine because this is one of the scariest parts!

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Listen to your instructors. Listen to what they have to say, as it will make your jump more enjoyable. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions- that’s what they are there for. The instructors will put padding around your ankles and then attach big elastic bands around them, which will in turn be attached to the actual bungee cord!

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  • Don’t look down before jumping! You will have plenty of time to admire the scenery while jumping. Looking down before you jump might make you change your mind.

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  • After the jump, a guy in a boat might come and unhook you from the cords or they will lift you back up to the bridge or wherever you jumped from.

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Community Q&A

I would recommend speaking with your doctor before going bungee jumping to ensure it won’t further damage your back.

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You should talk to your doctor to determine if bungee jumping will be harmful with your heart condition.

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No, rubber bands are not meant to hold the weight of a human. You need something that is safer and stronger.

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Before you bungee jump, make sure to put on correct clothes, like flat shoes attached securely to your feet and t-shirts and pants that don’t restrict your movement. If you’re feeling nervous beforehand, take some time to watch others jump so you can see how it’s done. When you’re ready to jump, fill in the forms provided by the operator and get weighed to determine what equipment you need. Then, go up to the top of the bungee bridge and follow the instructions given by the staff. Finally, jump when a staff member yells “Go!”. For tips on whether to jump backwards or forwards, and how to check the bungee outfitters’ safety record, read on!

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