Daredevil spans cathedral towers
Published 25/05/2013 | 14:38
An Austrian daredevil has become the first man to walk a tightrope strung between the two towers of St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna's most famous landmark.
Despite strong winds, Christian Waldner made the 164ft crossing - some 197ft - above the ground - not once but four times.
The Tyrolean athlete has specialised in balancing on a so-called slackline, an inch-thick band tightened between two objects.
Like many daring deeds, he said, this one sprang from a joke: "About three or four years ago I was at this place with a good friend and we were joking about setting up a highline here at the Stephansdom. And now, now it's done."
The athlete has already crossed several buildings and peaks on a slackline but the St Stephen's Cathedral was by far his biggest achievement.