Is This the World's Scariest Tourist Attraction?

If you're afraid of heights, then yeah, probably

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2013 12:26 PM CST | Updated Dec 22, 2013 7:24 AM CST

(Newser) – If you have a fear of heights, then "Step Into the Void" is essentially your nightmare come to life. The tourist attraction, which opened yesterday, is essentially a glass cube suspended at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, a 12,605-foot tall peak in the French Alps. What's below: a 3,280-foot drop. It's being plugged as the tallest attraction on the continent, and the Independent notes that visitors are to treat it with care: They're asked to don slippers while in the box to protect the glass. A French tourism company is behind the attraction, which has been three years in the making and features five transparent sides made of three layers of tempered glass fixed with metal to a big support structure, reports the AP. Viewable from it: Mont Blanc.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak (3842-meters high or 12,...
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void)...   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a visitor stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void).
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a visitor stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void).   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
Visitors can enjoy the view of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, from the platform. The attraction opens Saturday.
Visitors can enjoy the view of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, from the platform. The attraction opens Saturday.   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a reporter looks at the mountains through a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a reporter looks at the mountains through a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, the glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) is perched at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, the glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) is perched at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, mountains are seen through a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, mountains are seen through a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak.   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in the glass cage.
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in the glass cage.   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a visitor stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void).
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, a visitor stands in a glass cage named 'Pas dans le Vide' (Step into the Void).   (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)
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