The Contra Dam, commonly known as the Verzasca Dam and the Locarno Dam, is an arch dam on the Verzasca River in the Val Verzasca of Ticino, Switzerland. The dam creates Lago di Vogorno 2 km (1.2 mi) upstream of Lake Maggiore and supports the 105 MW Verzasca hydroelectric power station. It was constructed between 1961 and 1965 and starting shortly after its reservoir was filled, a series of earthquakes related to its water load occurred until 1971. The dam is owned and operated by Verzasca SA and is the fourth tallest in Switzerland.
The dam became a popular bungee jumping venue after a James Bond stuntman jumped off it in the opening scene of the 1995 film GoldenEye; a stunt voted as the best movie stunt of all time in a 2002 Sky Movies poll.
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Mario Casty | Aug 4, 2017
If you want to get the 007 view and feel... just down the 220 meters! This is a thrilling, impressive and world famous sight and a must for all James Bond 007 fans! Best to access by car. Public transport is available but I recommend by car. For all those who believe to know how high 220m are, go and find out by standing on top of the dam. For all those who are afraid of height, no worries. You can accompany you family and friends. The journey to the dam itself is an adventure and provides plenty of opportunities to click photos... Enjoy!
Eugene F | Dec 23, 2017
Amazing place, nice that you can take 321 bus there
Adam Iwanicki | Aug 13, 2017
Amazing structure (1m lower than Hoover Dam) with great views. Inspired by James Bond movies many people are doing jumps of the dam. There are beautiful winding rows leading to the dam and going further there is a picturesque bridge.
Ma ria | Jan 4, 2018
Very beautiful. Must see. Hiking around is also amasing.
Vishal Kalia | Dec 11, 2017
Engineering marvel at its best. Dont forget to book the bungee. It would recommend to book in advance for it.
Con Stroulios | Apr 22, 2018
If you ever wondered where James Bond, Base jumped off the dam, this is the one. World famous!!! Very impressive, scenery and the site are very picturesque, and a great drive up to the spot. There is a little kiosk there, and a lot of people.
Axel Malmström | May 2, 2018
Impressive place. There is paid car parking, Franc and Euro coins only. A small gift shop and toilett is located there. They sell soft drinks and ice cream.
Helmuts Vindbergs | Apr 7, 2018
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) jumped from the top of this Dam in Golden Eye. One the most famous base jumping places in Europe.
Urs Grob | Jul 12, 2018
Impressive dam built into the canyon of the Verzasca. Easily accessible by bus or as part of a hike. We took the Sentiero Collina Alto path to Contra and walked from there to the dam.
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