Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Daredevil spans cathedral towers

Christian Waldner made the 164ft crossing at St Stephen's Cathedral four times

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.

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