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We’ve outlined some of the most unique bridges that have ever been made. Depending on your character, you’ll either try to avoid them or plan your next visit! Let’s take a look…
Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
Let’s start off strong, shall we? Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the whole of the US. Built all the way back in 1929, it was victim to strong winds until stabilizers were added in the 1970s.
That meant that drivers would often feel the strong winds that would physically shake the bridge in bad weather. Today, it is one of the best tourist attractions in the state. Located in Canon City, Colorado, it borders a 360-acre amusement park nearby.
Monkey Bridges, Vietnam
This is basically a direct contrast to the previous bridge, showing that all you need to cross something is a little wood. Monkey Bridge crosses over Mekong Delta and is one of the many bridges like this in Vietnam. It is made entirely of bamboo log and locals use them almost daily in their everyday lives.
While these bridges are not designed for those who are not familiar with how to cross them, you don’t have far to fall if you slip. Locals often cross them carrying 40 kgs of equipment.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
This is considered to be one of the most dangerous bridges in the world – and looking at the picture, can you imagine why? These planks of wood are held together by pieces of string, carrying people across Borit Lake in the Upper Hunza.
There are a few reasons why this is such a popular bridge to walk across. First, clearly, it is in need of many repairs – with gaping holes and strong winds to knock people off course. Second, no one has bothered to tidy up the remains of all the failed bridges that have come before it.
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida
Seven Mile Bridge is one of the bridges that connects the Florida Keys to the US mainland. This particular part of the journey is located between Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Keys found in the lower Keys.
The original bridge had to be completely replaced since it was originally too low on the surface of the water and prevented boats from crossing. The bridge has won an impressive eight awards, including ‘Exceptional Award for Cost Savings’ from the Federal Highway Administration.
Deception Pass Bridge, Washington
Gosh, even the name of this bridge is scary! This foggy pathway rests 180 feet above a reservoir and connects Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island. Before the bridge was built, locals had to wait for a ferry to get from one side to the other.
Today, Deception Pass Bridge is one of the scenic wonders of the Northwest United States. People can walk or drive across it, but they must look out: the fog rarely leaves this place.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
This is one of the longest and scariest bridges in the world. It sits only 16 feet above choppy and turbulent waters for a total of almost 24 miles. Since 1969, it has held the Guinness World Record for the longest bridge to cross water.
Can you imagine taking a wrong turn onto this thing? You might be in for quite a detour. Generally, its existence helps commuters get to New Orleans up to 50 minutes quicker than if they were to drive around the water.
Canopy Walk, Ghana
Canopy Walk lies 40 feet in the air and provides a nice twist to your normal walk in the rainforest. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with the birds in the trees and looking down at the wildlife from above. The bridge itself can be found in the Kakum National park. It was built by Canadians who traveled to the area.
Its intention was to bring more people to the park and attract tourists to the scene. In total, there are seven different bridges and are safe – so don’t worry!
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
This impressive bridge in Malaysia site 400 feet above the ground and has actually been closed a few times for persistent maintenance. Today, it is open for use where tourists and locals can catch a glimpse of the tremendous mountain and ocean views.
A few years ago, the bridge was closed for almost 20 months after rumors started circulating that Langkawi Bridge was on the verge of collapse, although these proved to be untrue. Would you walk across it?
Mount Titlis, Switzerland
This is the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe, built 3,000 meters up in the air! Opened in 2012, it gives visitors a never-before-seen view of the Swiss Alps with views stretching as far as the eye can see.
The bridge is made of different metals and rests firmly in its place, making sure that no one can climb its edges and fall off. The bridge isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Would you walk along its path?
Vitim River Bridge, Russia
Vitim River Bridge is an old path that was used to cross the Vitim River in Russia. The train tracks aren’t protected by any barriers and many of its planks have started rotting. Some of them are even slipping out of their place when ice arrives.
The path is only six feet long, which is pretty narrow if you’re using it to drive across in a car. Many daredevils travel to the region and cross it during their travels.
Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
This was once used by a mining town that resided beneath this rickety bridge. What was once full of cars and wagons is now restricted only to pedestrians since no one knows if it is strong enough to hold vehicles. That isn’t exactly a good sign if you ask us.
The bridge finished completion in 1898 and was recently restored as a tourist attraction. Many come to visit it due to its reputation as one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.
Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
This is known as the ‘Bridge of Death’, which is just charming. It was built by the Bananera Company from 1930-1940 in order to be used as a train system to transport bananas to Quepos.
While it doesn’t look like much, you might be surprised to know that commuters still use it on a daily basis. The bridge hasn’t changed much in 80 years, with its narrow corners and one-way systems. We think it needs some renovation!
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida
This is also known as the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It crosses Tampa Bay in Florida and extends to a massive length of 21,877 feet! This is actually a replacement bridge: the first one was ruined after a huge ship accidentally crashed into it, killing 35 people.
Since that moment in 1980, extra precautions are taken to make sure it is as safe as possible. This new bridge that took its place in 1987 has its own problems. To date, more than 200 people have used it to take their lives.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
If you’re a fan of roller coasters, then you might want to take a drive along this Japanese bridge. Eshima Ohashi Bridge has a gradient of roughly 6.1% and a total height of 144 feet – so it isn’t as spooky as this image suggests.
Nonetheless, any bridge was a twist and turn within it in the air gets our attention. After its seven-year project came to an end in 2004, it has comfortably earned the title as one of the largest bridges in the world.
The Bridge of Immortals, Huangshan China
This isn’t a bridge you should rush to journey on to if you’re scared of heights. Located in the Yellow Mountain of eastern China, the bridge can be found between two massive granite peaks. Any daredevil will tell you that it’s in the perfect place for a visit and even a risky selfie over the edge.
On either side, it boasts amazing views of the skies and mountains that can be seen for miles. Today, it is one of the most impressive parts of China and has attracted visitors from across the world.
Montenegro Rainforest, Costa Rica
Back to Costa Rica we go, to catch a glimpse of this amazing hanging bridge. It rests above some of the most incredible wildlife in the Amazon rainforest. Don’t let the nature distract you: the bridge has missing planks of wood and hasn’t been restored for a few years.
This means your feet can accidentally slip through some of the cracks and cause injury. While no one has died from crossing the bridge, it doesn’t mean you can completely relax.
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar (Burma)
This bridge may look like the perfect Instagram shot, don’t let the picturesque shot distract you. The bridge was constructed way back in 1850 and has undergone very few repairs since. It is understood to be one of the oldest teakwood bridges still in use today.
Every year, millions of tourists visit the city and see how its pillars keep the bridge suspended for an entire mile all year round. It crosses the Taungthaman Lake.
Storeseisundet Bridge, Norway
This Norway bridge garnered its nickname ‘The Road To Nowhere’, due to its lonely location surrounded by mountains and lakes. The drive is
The road twists and turns with its peak right in the middle of the water. If you find yourself driving across this road, be sure to pay attention to any of the winding turns that can come at any moment.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
What would it take for you to walk along this 66-foot bridge? The Carrick-a-Rede bridge connects two natural mountains with extraordinary views on either side. Rising above a 30-meter sea full of rocks and fish, visitors can walk along this delicate bridge to see views that otherwise can’t be experienced.
You actually have to pay a toll to walk across it. This ensures that the bridge receives enough funding to maintain safety checks – so don’t worry, you’ll be safe!
Mekong River Crossing, China
Here we can see how one man is crossing a massive river that has a constant flow of crashing waves. Would you even count this as a bridge? We can’t imagine what would happen to this poor man if he slipped and ended up in the water.
The Mekong River stretches across six different countries in Southeast Asia. These include China, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia. We wouldn’t want this commute each morning, especially if we haven’t had our morning cup of coffee!
Millau Viaduct, France
High up in the French skies lies the world’s tallest bridge. It stands at an impressive 1,125 feet above the ground and crosses Gorge Valley of Southern France.
Overall, it is more than 8,000 feet long and 105 feet wide. Drivers must keep a steady eye and maintain control over their gut as they cross over this monster. Construction took three years, between 2001 and 2004, and drivers must battle winds of more than 150 km per hour.
Iya Kazurabashi Bridge, Japan
Here’s one for the inner daredevil! As visitors cross the Japanese bridge from the 12th (yes, 12th) century, they’re encouraged to hold on for their lives. The Iya Kazurabashi Bridge rests above the Lya-gawa river in Tokushima, Japan.
It is held together with delicate wooden planks and thick string that feel as though they could break at any moment. If you must cross this bridge, make sure you don’t look down!
Mystery Bridge, Indonesia
Do you think this can even count as a bridge? Here, we can see these young kids cross the mystery bridge on the way to school. Using a few pieces of rope, Mystery Bridge has been designed using the minimal amount of equipment – rope.
In some ways, it reminds us of the Chinese Mekong River Crossing, although its waters are a lot calmer! Would you walk along this bridge? Today, locals think nothing of it as they cross the river every day.
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
The beauty in this bridge is the sheer intimacy with nature and loved ones as you all carefully cross from one side to the other. Trift Bridge is 328 feet above the sea level underneath it and can be found in the small town on Gadmen.
The first version of the bridge was built in 2004, but immediately faced difficulties. Ultimately, they added stabilizing cables to battle the strong winds that would knock it off course. Those who risk their lives to cross the bridge can enjoy the scary experience – if they like that kind of thing!
Hanging Bridge Of Ghasa, Nepal
Most bridges and crossings in Nepal are used by humans and animals together – and the Hanging Bridge of Ghasa is no exception. Every day, anyone from humans to donkeys uses it to get from side to the other.
Thankfully, the bridge has high rails on either side so no one accidentally falls off – although it still happens. The bridge helps commuters transport goods and services. First-time walkers might get anxious stepping onto it for the first time.
Root Bridges, India
Sometimes, some of the most used and popular bridges aren’t even ‘built’ – they’re discovered. Here in southern Khasi lies Root Bridges, and it’s something special. Most of the bridge grew naturally, although humans have made it a little easier to cross.
Two local tribes directed the tree growth meaning that the entire bridge is organically designed from a living tree. This makes the Root Bridges living things and even more reason to look after them. They’re used to cross rivers, usually.
Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Malaysia
This canopy walkway is one of the longest of its kind. Overall, the Taman Negara Canopy Walkway journeys 1,700 along and rests 130 feet above the forest trees.
It has become somewhat of a tourist attraction due to its height, length, and the extraordinary views you can experience from the middle of it. So far, it’s mainly used by daredevils! Would you use this bridge in Malaysia? Keep it in mind for your next trip!
Keshwa Chaca Bridge – Peru
This is one of the few bridges in the world that has been designed using woven grass. There’s reason to think this might not work, but its 500-year history speaks for itself!
Keshwa Chaca Bridge was completed in 1500 by the Incas, making it one of the oldest continuous bridges in the world. After all these years, it is still going as strong as when it was first built. Only a few changes and repairs have occurred since open to the public.
Longjiang Suspension Bridge – China
You definitely won’t want to look down when crossing this monster! The Longjiang Suspension Bridge is found just outside Baoshan, China. It joins Baoshan with Tengchong in western Yunnan. To date, it is the highest suspension bridge in Asia.
Construction on the bridge finished in 2016 after five years, which isn’t long considering its size. Overall, it is 3,900 feet long and reaches heights of 920 feet above its lowest point. This makes it one of the highest bridges as well as the longest.
Capilano Suspension Bridge – Canada
Here’s another suspension bridge that takes the breath away from its visitors. Raised well above the Capilano river in Vancouver lies this unique bridge. At 460 feet long and 230 feet high, it isn’t as grand as its Chinese counterpart.
Still, it’s an impressive piece of western architecture and attracts 800,000 tourists a year. Originally, it was built in 1889 by a Scottish engineer and was completely renovated in 1955. You might recognize it from appearances in shows like MacGyver, Psych, and Sliders.
Ai Petri Bridge – Ukraine
This Ukranian bridge offers amazing views from any point across its path. The Ai Petri Bridge rests high up in the Ukraine mountains and joins two parts of a canyon. At its highest, it has a huge 4,200 feet drop but views that stretch for miles.
Its official existence is to connect two separate peaks of the Crimean Mountains. The bridge suffers from big winds that can spook people that walk along it, even though authorities claim it is safe to use.
Suspension Glass Bridge – China
This impressive glass bridge can be found in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park of China. At only four years old, it is one of the newest additions to the expanding infrastructure in the region. Overall, it cost $3.4 million to build.
The Suspension bridge rests 984 feet up in the skies – perfect for the 8,000 visitors to take their selfies every day. It was designed by Haim Dotan – an Israeli architect who won a world record for its construction.
Plank Road in the Sky – China
This other Chinese bridge is pretty different to the immaculately designed suspension bridge we just saw. This is literally a plank that is resting 7,000 feet in the sky. Stuck on the side of a mountain, travelers must connect to a safety harness in case the winds knock you off.
Still, it must be worth it for the views if hundreds of people still venture up there to cross it. Wwe imagine that it must be pretty special to look out for miles into the distance. Would you clip on to this plank bridge?
Captain William Moore Bridge – Alaska, USA
This suspension bridge sits 100 feet up in the air above the Moore Creek Gorge. It was built in 1976 to provide a way for traffic to pass over the huge gap in the landscape. Over time, more and more cars and trucks have used it for their daily commutes.
Unfortunately, this has caused it to deteriorate over time. Locals are trying to find a way to repair the breaking bridge without closing it. Until then, drivers run the risk every time they use it.
Marienbrücke – Germany
Marienbrücke, or ‘Queen’s Mary Bridge’, is a pedestrian bridge built by Prince Maximilian II. Since 1840, it has survived as a romantic gesture for his friend, Mary. Across from the bridge rests Neuschwanstein Castle, making for an amazing landscape to look at from up above.
Even though the bridge has been repaired and restored over time, the original barristers are still being used. When you walk along Marienbrücke, you can marvel at the history and breathtaking views it has to offer.
Mackinac Bridge – Michigan, USA
You’re looking at the original ‘Big Mac’. Built in the early 1950s and opened in 1957, Mackinac Bridge stretches across 26,372 of water. Ever since, the famous Michigan bridge has attracted millions of tourists to take a look at its large peninsula.
Overall, the bridge is very safe and reliable. Drivers still need to look out for some strong winds that can occur during the winter. Thousands of people benefit from Mackinac Bridge every day.
Musou Tsuribashi Bridge – Japan
Musou Tsuribashi Bridge has earned a title as Japan’s scariest suspension bridge. It was constructed in the 1950s and very little has been done to modernise or repair it. Basically, it’s the same as it was 60 years ago.
To find Musou Tsuribashi Bridge, you have to venture into the middle of rural Japan up in the southern Japanese Alps. When walking across it, you won’t be using anything other than wire and wood. Good luck!
William Preston Lane Bridge – Maryland, USA
This is also known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At its highest, it rests 186 feet above the bay in Maryland, USA. For almost five miles, it is responsible for helping more than 24 million cars use it annually.
The first lane was opened in 1967, but the second one was added six years later due to high demand. Due to heavy storms in the region, visibility is often limited and causes many accidents. Be careful if you find yourself here.
Kawarau Bridge – New Zealand
This is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions. The bridge rests 141 feet above the Kawarau River and in the hub of some of Queenstown’s most beautiful scenery. As well as everyday commercial use, daredevils can also use it as a bungee jump location.
Recently, the bridge has been included as part of the Queenstown Trail. This means that it is also visited by walkers, bikers, and runners who use it to see some of the amazing views.
Daedunsan Mountain Stairway – South Korea
This impressive South Korean bridge is located in Daedunsan Provincial Park. The steep and slanted bridge is surrounded by amazing rock peaks with lush trees and plants. People come from all over the world to see this unique structure.
Depending on the time of year, the Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge will find itself covered in varying hues and colors of the leaves nearby. Just make sure you don’t get pickpocketed by petty criminals who wait for tourists.
Moses Bridge, The Netherlands
Moses Bridge was designed to preserve the moat in which it crosses. Now, it is referred to as the ‘sunken bridge’ due to the fact that it is literally lying in the waters surrounding it. This way, it can act as a discreet way to cross the moat without the intrusive presence of a bridge.
Moses Bridge is made from waterproof wood and help ‘split the seas’ – hence its biblical name. Thankfully, tourists will have an easier time crossing these waters than Moses did.
Henderson Waves – Singapore
This peculiar pedestrian bridge stands 118 feet above the ground. After construction finished in 2008, passersby couldn’t help but notice how much the bridge resembles a wave. Overall, it twists and turns for almost 900 feet.
Henderson Waves is located between two outdoors parks and helps connect the two. Each year, millions of people flock to the unique pedestrian bridge to explore the amazing sites from up above. Would you like to walk across this special piece of infrastructure?
Mur Island Bridge – Austria
Another pedestrian bridge that is not for the faint of heart, Mur Island Bridge connects two sides of the Austrian city of Graz. Originally intended to be a temporary structure, the government decided to keep it after its popularity soared among locals.
16 years after it was built, Mur Island Bridge links two parts of the city and perfectly merge the contrasting natural and urban areas. Tourists can walk close to the water and sit in the middle of the river.
Pont de Singe – England
This English bridge looks like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Pont de Singe was designed by Oliver Grossetete, a French architect who placed three large balloons to hang over the bridge. Found in Tatton Park, the bridge celebrates the park’s 200th birthday.
The bridge can be found in the Japanese Garden section of the park. Sadly, only one person is allowed to walk on it at a time, so don’t plan on any romantic selfies for your social media accounts.
Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge – Germany
Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge was designed so that its reflection could create a perfect circle in the water. Although the angles are a bit off, we’re pretty impressed by what it has achieved. The circular bridge can be seen in Germany’s Kromlauer Park.
Like a few other bridge’s in Europe, it attracted the nickname as a Devil’s bridge over time. This is because many say that only Satan could design a bridge with a magical circle to attract us.
Confederation Bridge – New Brunswick, Canada
This is one of Canada’s most impressive bridges. Built for a staggering $1.3 billion, Confederation Bridge helps millions of commuters cross the icy waters below. Standing tall above the waters, people need to be careful when driving in dangerous weather.
Overall, it took five thousand workers four years to finish this massive project. To date, it is one of the biggest bridges in Canada, and indeed North America. It’s definitely worth a visit if you find yourself there.
Ponte Vasco da Gama – Lisbon, Portugal
The Ponte Vasco da Gama is Europe’s second longest bridge – coming in at more than 7.6 miles long! This steel bridge crosses the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve to connect commuters to Lisbon. This massive construction is said to withstand earthquakes that are four times stronger than the famous 1755 quake that caused damage and destruction.
This includes strong winds of more than 155mph. Even though the bridge is strong, drivers still need to be cautious when crossing it. You don’t want to end up in the shallow waters!
Pont du Gard – France
This is one of the oldest bridges in the world, with historians believing it dates back to 40-60AD. The Pont du Gard stretches more than 900 feet across the Gard River and is more than 164 feet tall. This makes it one of the highest structures from Roman times.
Amazingly, it was built with nothing more than sticks and stones, figuratively speaking. More than 20 centuries have passed and yet it still stands proudly over the water today.
Kintai Bridge – Japan
This Japanese bridge is made entirely of wood. What’s more, each arch is designed with a different type of wood: zelkova, cypress, oak, chestnut, and pine. As people cross over the Kintai Bridge, they can marvel at all the different textures and designs.
The original bridge was constructed in 1673 before being renovated in 1950. Amazingly, it took nearly 300 years until it needed a major overhaul. Who knows how much longer this bridge can be around before it needs replacing again?
Slater’s Bridge – Cumbria, UK
Slater’s Bridge was built in the 1700s and crosses over the River Brathay. It is made of slab and arch, used as a route for horses to transport goods from quarries in the hills. Since Slater’s Bridge is only 4.2 feet wide, it is restricted today for pedestrians.
If you find yourself in the northwest of England, you can find this modest bridge that has been standing mighty for more than 300 years. Like most parts of Britain, it is just one of the many protected landmarks in the area.
Aqueduct de los Milagros – Spain
Only in Europe can we appreciate architecture that goes back thousands of years. Here, we can see the Aqueduct de los Milagros, which was built in 100AD to carry water from the Albarreregas River.
The water flowed along the bridge all the way to the Roman city of Emerita Augusta. Today, it is favored by storks who use it as a nesting hub! It is 98 feet at its tallest and cannot be accessed by humans.
Carioca Aqueduct – Rio de Janeiro
Another bridge that has stood the test of time rests along the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Construction started in 1723 and it was designed to be a new and innovative way to transport fresh water from the Carioca River.
Today, trains run up and down its tracks transporting millions of people every year. It is a great example of colonial architecture and design that can engineer itself in useway ways. The arches stand at a height of roughly 57 feet.
Bhumibol Bridges – Bangkok, Thailand
These interconnecting bridges act as a spiral interchange for cars. Resting above the Chao Phraya River in south Bangkok, it reaches a height of 164 feet. If you find yourself driving on this bridge, you’re going to want to keep your eye on the road!
Strangely, the Bhumibol Bridges have a strong western influence that may not suit the rest of the city. Either way, they have become a staple of the city with their iconic diamond towers.
Baliem River Bridge – Western New Guinea
Visitors of the Baliem River Bridge will have to battle choppy and rapid waters underneath them. This rickety bridge rests delicately over these crashing waves without much support from other means. Somehow, it is still used everyday by commuters.
If we squint, we can see the general outline of what is supposed to be a safe bridge. Either way, we wouldn’t rush to cross this unless absolutely necessary. Would you walk along this New Guinea bridge?
The Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, USA
This is one of the most iconic bridges in the world, and on the surface looks as safe as can be. After opening in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with California’s northern counties. In total, it is two miles long.
Even though the Golden Gate Bridge is a safe and impressive piece of infrastructure, it is plagued with people who use it to commit suicide. In fact, so many people have jumped off its edges that it became the focus of an entire documentary.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge – Japan
This massive suspension bridge was opened in 1998 and connects the city of Kobe to Iwaya on Awaji Island. In total, it is nearly four kilometers long.
Commuters use it to access the island from the mainland and vice versa. For 20 years, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge has been pivotal for workers who use it to gain access to employment opportunities. Its massive steel and iron construction makes for an impressive bridge that fits in when overlooking the water.
Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney, Australia
Another bridge that can stoke feat into its visitors. It garnered the nickname ‘The Coathanger’ due to its design. Due to Australia’s geographical location, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is usually the first monument to welcome a new year on January 1.
The bridge is used by trains, cars, and pedestrians. In fact, tourists can climb up the arch of the bridge and stand atop while the sun sets. Next time you find yourself here, make time to climb its famous arch!
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge – Shanghai
This Shanghai bridge is officially the world’s longest: coming in at a massive 164 km long! It connects Shanghai and Nanjing in Jiangsu province. Overall, it took 10,000 people four years to built it – finally opening its gates in 2011.
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge cost China about $8.5 billion but is expected to help generate billions by easing transport for workers in businesses. As of 2011, Guinness World Records recognized it as the longest bridge.
Sidu River Bridge, China
Here we are – the world’s highest bridge! The Sidu River Bridge finished its construction in 2009 for a whopping $100 million. The measurements are truly staggering, as locals drive 5,000 feet across a bridge suspended 1,600 feet in the air. Would you cross it?
The bridge is part of an expansion project that aims to connect two parts of the country that have been mainly inaccessible. Apparently, it is one of the strongest and sturdiest bridges ever made.