These Bridges Will Make You Appreciate Solid Ground Like Never Before

Bridges have made life tremendously easy for us, helping us overcome treacherous terrain. We now have access to different areas and can fully explore the world we inhabit. But leaping between difficult landscapes means taking a leap of faith as well.

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Some bridges are frighteningly high, while others are low and barely hanging on a thread. Some lack normal footing while others are made of brittle twigs and grass. You’re about to explore a list of bridges that will make you question whether the architect was brilliant or downright insane.

Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado

Constructed in 1929, this antique bridge stretches 955 feet above the Arkansas River and provides an astonishing view of what seems to be an abysmal valley. It’s considered the highest bridge in the United States and was the highest in the world until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe in China.

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Until its renovation in 1982, this bridge had no stabilizing wind cables, causing quite a fright for those moved by the violent air. It’s a lot safer nowadays, but with a deep gorge underneath and sharp, rocky terrain all around, we won’t blame you if you’re not quite up for it.

Monkey Bridges, Vietnam

Spreading over a myriad of rivers and swamps known as the Mekong Delta, the Monkey Bridges of Vietnam are sure to make you think twice before crossing. Handmade from only one bamboo log, these traditional Vietnamese bridges require swift monkey-like movements to get across. Some bridges even lack handrails, challenging your balance further.

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It’s easy to be deceived by locals who make it seem like an effortless stride, carrying at times 20-50 kg on their back! But an inexperienced tourist should approach these bridges with caution. We may have come from apes, but our days of swinging over branches have long been replaced by comfortable pavements.

Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan

While the mountainous beauty surrounding this bridge is sure to make your heart stop, you’re likely to stop breathing for different reasons as you make your way across what is deemed the most dangerous bridge in the world. Situated above the Borith Lake in the Upper Hunza region, this antique crossing is made of wobbly ropes and poorly maintained, rickety planks.

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Understandably, this serves as an appealing endeavor for thrill-seekers, who are enticed by the fact that one wrong footing can land them deep in the cold waters of the Hunza River. With missing planks and wavering winds, this bridge poses a challenge to whoever dares confront it.

Seven Mile Bridge, Florida

Compared to other precarious-looking bridges, the Seven Mile Bridge looks sturdy and stable. But its traveling lanes offer no room for escape, and with a total length of around 7 miles above open water, it is hard not to feel on edge when crossing it. One of the longest bridges in the world, it is located in the Florida Keys, connecting between the middle and lower regions.

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What we see today, however, is actually a newer version of the original bridge, which was constructed after the old Seven Mile Bridge was taken down in the 1980s due to its interference with passing boats. Stretching endlessly across open water, this isn’t a bridge you want to find yourself on when the weather gets stormy.

Deception Pass Bridge, Washington State

Connecting between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, the hair-raising height of this bridge is a thrilling experience for every commuter. It’s located 180 feet above open water and if that’s not spooky enough, at times the air becomes dense with mist, transforming the ride into a creepy voyage.

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Before the bridge was constructed, people would use ferries. It wasn’t very comfortable at times and people had to schedule them upfronting advance. This bridge has definitely made life easier, but, even now, some people are so intimated that they actually prefer going back to basics and take on a ferry ride instead.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana

This bridge is known to be one of the longest and scariest in the world. 16 feet above the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, this crossway consists of two bridges, with the longer one stretching 23.83 miles long. Before its construction, commuting around the lake was a time-consuming process, so the current connection has significantly alleviated the strain of travel.

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What makes it an uneasy ride is that at one point you lose all sight of land. Filled with fear, some drivers feel the need to call the police to escort them off the bridge. Such a lengthy crossing can cause all sorts of predicaments, so you had better prepare yourself and come to terms with the immeasurable blue accompanying you along the ride.

Canopy Walk, Ghana

What better way to connect with nature than to travel across its intertwined branches? Nestled amid the rainforest, this 40-foot bridge is an exhilarating crossing. Located in the Kakum National Park in Ghana, this bridge was constructed by Canadians and serves as an intriguing attraction to tourists worldwide.

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The total walk consists of seven bridges, each one hanging 130 feet above the ground. The bridges may look sketchy at first, with ropes that seem too unreliable. But as you set foot across the sturdy wooden planks, you’ll realize these bridges are less precarious than they seem.

Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

This oddly shaped bridge hangs 410 feet above the ground and overlooks the mountainous terrain of Kedah, Malaysia. Its curvy structure maximizes the viewing experience, and as much as the scenery is stunning, not everyone can stomach such frightening heights. Especially when, at one point, the bridge curves away from the mountain, and you feel you are hanging by a thread in midair.

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Alarmingly, in 2012 the bridge was closed because it was deemed too dangerous for crossing. It eventually re-opened in 2015, but even so, it is practically impossible to remain impartial as you cross a bridge you know was closed for three years for fear it would collapse.

Mount Titlis, Switzerland

Opened in December 2012, the Titlis Cliff Walk is situated 3,000 meters above sea level and is the highest suspension bridge in Europe. A single glance at this pedestrian bridge will make you realize how unsuitable it is for the faint-hearted. With a length of 320 feet and just 3 feet in width, the bridge resembles a tight ropeway.

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That being said, the beauty of the Swiss Alps is undeniable, so if you’re ever brave enough to go across, make sure to lift your gaze to what’s around you; it’s sure to alleviate some of the fright. This bridge attracts numerous visitors a year and is considered safe and able to withstand significant snowfalls and turbulent winds.

Keshwa Chaca Bridge – Peru

Over 500 years old, this magnificent bridge was handwoven by the Incas. Using grass, they created an impressive bridge that stretches 118 feet long. Considered the last known structure of the Inca’s engineering system, this structure holds a lot of historical significance. Even though grass sounds a bit intimidating to use as crossing leverage, this bridge is incredibly strong.

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Working as a team, the Inca women meticulously braided the thin ropes and the men created larger support cables. This bridge is truly one of a kind, mastered to perfection out of careful labor and dedication. But crossing it still requires a lot of courage; the thought of grass being what separates us from an unforgiving drop is terrifying.

Plank Road in the Sky – China

The name says it all – wooden planks high up in the sky. We can hardly call it a bridge. Trailing along the edge of Mount Hua, these timber pieces are situated 7,000 feet above the ground. Crossing this path calls for a rope, a chain, and a whole lot of courage. If you encounter someone else as you edge your way around the mountain, you’ll have to unclip yourself to make space for the other person to pass.

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As you make your way, you’ll be able to view five peaks, each one offering a beautiful spectacle. Sunrises, Taoist temples, and an overall surreal aura, this climb is as beautiful as it is frightening. People leave engraved padlocks all around the ropes circling the mountain as everlasting evidence of their fierce heroism.

Vitim River Bridge, Russia

With rotten wooden planks stretching over the Vitim River and no supporting railing on either side, it’s surprising that this bridge is still in use. Both pedestrians and vehicles can cross it, but not everyone dares, especially when the temperature drops and the railing becomes dangerously polished with glassy ice, creating a slippery challenge for its users.

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Built in the 1980s, this six-foot-wide bridge barely accomodates a single car. As if that’s not enough, you’ll probably encounter raging winds as you cross and will need to open the windows just to balance out the turbulence. If you’re still enthralled by the challenge of crossing, make sure it isn’t during the harsh Siberian winter, or else you could find yourself in the furious river underneath.

Longjiang Suspension Bridge – China

Connecting between the two cities of Tengchong and Baoshan, this bridge is the highest suspension bridge in all of Asia. Also known as the Long River Bridge, this firm marvel stands tall at 920 feet above the Long Riverbed. After taking five years to complete it, it finally opened for traffic in 2016. Before its construction, the Long river was an impossible obstacle, calling for a time-consuming detour around it.

The Longjiang Suspension Bridge

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This bridge is not only one of the highest in the world, it’s also impressively long, stretching 3,900 feet across water. Crossing this bridge arouses feelings of fear and awe, and the view surrounding this bridge is sure to leave you tongue-tied. It’s quite a struggle to try and explain how marvelous the planet looks from such heights.

Puente de Ojuela, Mexico

Named after the Spanish conqueror Francisco de Ojuela, this bridge was completed in 1989 and opened to tourists in 1991. It instantly became an enthralling attraction, with its rich view of the surrounding desert and a scary but simultaneously captivating look at the distant ground underneath.

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Too risky for cars to pass, this bridge is fit for foot traffic only. Spanning 271 meters across the desolate terrain, it is considered one of the most dangerous crossings in the world. The word “Ojuela” refers to an abandoned village in Durango, Mexico, now known as “Ghost Town.” As if the bridge isn’t scary enough on its own, there’s a chance that the ghosts of the past are walking beside you as you pass.

Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica

With such straightforward nicknames like “The Bridge of Death” and “Oh My God Bridge”, it’s hard to believe this bridge is being crossed daily by local truck drivers. This awfully narrow bridge was constructed in the 1930’s by the “Bananera Company,” and it’s original objective was to serve as a railway for trains from Jaco to easily transport bananas to the port of Quepos.

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Its confining structure means cars can only travel in one direction, and even that may seem to be an impossible task at times. Some find themselves startled as a wheel or two of their vehicle tips off the edge. With wooden planks that look worn-down and unreliable, this sketchy looking bridge has rightfully earned its designated name.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida

This massive four lane bridge is 21,877 feet long and crosses Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg, Florida to Terra Ceia. Its traditional name is the “Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway,” but it’s also referred to as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or simply – Skyway Bridge. No matter what name you choose, the word “sky” remains, and just by looking at the picture we can easily understand why.

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The original bridge opened in 1954 but closed in 1980 after a forceful gust of wind led a large ship to collide with it. The structural collapse drove vehicles off the damaged part of the bridge and deep into the waters beneath, resulting in the deaths of 35 people.

Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Ascending high above Lake Nakaumi, this bridge is sure to give rollercoaster lovers the thrill they feel before plunging uncontrollably down a ride. Constructed between 1997 to 2004, it was designed with a sharp slope so ships could cross underneath. When photographed from a distance, the bridge gives off a pretty steep and scary mirage, but in reality, its gradient is only 6.1%, a lot less than you’d expect by looking at pictures of it.

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Even so, it is known as the third largest bridge in world and the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan. Its crazy looking angle serves as a magnet for tourists adventurous enough to make the climb. Dizzying in pictures, this wacky drive is sure to entertain you as you driver closer and closer towards it.

The Bridge of Immortals, Huang Shang China

If you consider yourself unshakable when it comes to heights, this bridge might make you question your fortitude. Located on the Yellow Mountains of eastern China, this bridge is positioned between two massive stone peaks and getting there requires quite a bit of courage. The “immortal” reference in its name is due to the many unfortunate falls of residents before 1987, when the bridge wasn’t as secure as it is today.

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Leading into a cavernous space deep inside the rock, this bridge is actually worth spending some time on. As you peak down below, the awe-inspiring view is bound to take your breath away, if the fear of crossing hasn’t already done so.

Montenegro Rainforest, Costa Rica

Surrounding this bridge is the mesmerizing greenery of one of the most enchanting rainforests in the world. The Montenegro rainforest is known for the rich diversity of its plants and animals, and these bridges are your first-row seat to the spectacle.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the serenity of nature, but make sure you don’t become too careless, or else you risk losing your footing in one of the gaps between the wooden planks. As pleasant as it is to get in touch with nature, a deep fall into the shrubs below is probably a little bit too close, even for the most devoted tree hugger.

U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

While the lengthy wooden pillars give it an improvised, unfinished look, this is actually its designated design, remaining the same since its construction in 1850. Located in Myanmar, it stretches 1.2 km across the Taungthaman Lake and is considered the oldest teakwood bridge in the world.

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Its design was made from the remains of the royal palace of Inwa, a former Burmese capital. Its historical significance and antique structure attracts many tourists throughout the year, while local sellers take advantage of the constant bustle to advertise their goods.

Storseisundet Bridge, Norway

Often called “The road to nowhere,” this bridge is a stomach turner and looks like it’s about to end abruptly once it hits a certain angle. Not even its beautiful backdrop of mountainous terrain makes it less menacing. The bridge’s length is 260 frightening meters and has earned the title of the “Norwegian Construction of the Century.”

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Its illusory form is thrilling to many tourists who savor the riveting sensations of possibly tipping off the edge, but if you are one susceptible to motion sickness, you may want to think twice before visiting. Connecting the Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøy, this alarming looking bridge is sure to stir up some wild emotions.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Although the view surrounding this bridge is breathtaking, you are still crossing 30 meters above sharp rocks and water. Located in Country Antrim, this 66 feet long, dangling trail will take you all the way to stunning island of Carrickarede. It can be pretty intimidating to get there though, and some people who have done it are so scared to cross back that they end up taking a ferry.

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Originally constructed by fishermen who needed access to the island, the bridge is open all year round and many tourists eagerly arrive to satisfy their thirst for thrill. If you are one of the daredevils who is willing to take the step, you’ll be able to enjoy a glimpse of Scotland and the Rathin Island from up above.

Sidu River Bridge, China

This 4000-foot-long suspension bridge overlooks the stunning valley of Sidu River. Standing 1,600 feet above land and 5,000 feet across the river, it was known to be the highest bridge in the world until surpassed in 2016 by the Duge Bridge. Opened for traffic in 2009, it cost $100 million to construct this scary overpass.

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In the past, the rocky terrain made it impossible to step on these parts of China, but thanks to this tremendous extension we now have access. The view from such heights is truly a gem to be savored but prepare yourself for an initial shock if you dare look over the edge.

Mekong River Crossing – China

The Mekong River is the world’s 12th longest river in the world, and the 7th longest in Asia. It runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam! With a furious and murky river underneath, crossing over is not a task for the light-hearted. Any slip from the log can end up in a merciless ordeal as one tries to sustain himself above the waters of the Mekong.

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The Mekong River has known some dark days, when the area swarmed with communist extremists and people were being hunted down. As locals crossed the Mekong River, some preferred to jump into its dangerous waters than to be shot by the soldiers. Then and now, crossing this river is sure to fill you up with some uneasy sensations.

Millau Viaduct – France

An impressive structure, the Millau Viaduct Bridge stands proudly at 1,125 feet above the Gorge valley and is considered the tallest bridge in the world. Stretching over 8,000 feet long and 105 feet wide, it offers such an expansive view of the surroundings that it’s hard not to feel tiny in the face of such vastness.

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This cable suspension bridge was finalized in 2004 and took three years to construct. Because turbulent winds are common visitors (reaching a speed of up to 151 km per hour!), protective side screens along the bridge were installed. The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering recognized this overpassing masterpiece with the 2006 Outstanding Structure Award.

Iya Kazurabashi Bridge – Japan

Located in the Iya valley, this antique vine bridge glides through serene mountainous terrain. This bridge was constructed approximately 800 years ago and is made of woven greens that grow naturally in the area. There are several folktales concerning this bridge. Some say the vines were used in order to be able to cut down the bridge if needed, in times of war or otherwise.

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The bridge has several gaps to it, wide enough for your foot to slip through. If that’s not enthralling enough, prepare yourself for some heavy rocking back and forth as make your way across. Hanging 14 meters above the water, this majestic trail is quite the adventure.

Mystery Bridge – Indonesia

This bridge has rightfully earned its name. It’s mysterious in the sense that no one can truly answer how this precarious crossing is even considered a bridge, or why anyone would attempt to cross it. Deteriorating as times goes by, this unmaintained piece of extension is so undependable, it’s unclear how school children seem to cross the bridge as part of their daily routine. The fearlessness of childhood apparently knows no limits.

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This bridge has been compared to an “Indo Board”, a device surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders use when working on their balancing skills. But it’s one thing to wobble around in a safe space, and another to barely hang on a thread above murky water!

Trift Bridge – Switzerland

Beautifully suspended over the glaciers of Switzerland, this 560 ft. long bridge overhangs 328 ft. above sea level. Traveling this path, you’ll encounter turquoise lakes and frosty white mountain tips. This breathtaking view might even be enough to make you forgot your fear of heights. It was built in 2004 and renovated in 2009, with stabilizing cables to fight off strong winds.

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It is considered one of the highest pedestrian bridges in the Alps and an appealing site to anyone looking to breathe in some icy air. The trip to the bridge requires a cable car, lifting you higher and higher into the sky.

Hanging Bridge of Ghasa – Nepal

Nepal is the sort of country where the impossible somehow becomes possible. To a tourist’s eye, seeing cattle stride along this precarious bridge is both puzzling and exasperating. But the bridge of Ghasa has been used daily by humans and animals for decades, withstanding violent climates. When windy, it swings back and forth above the river valley, but manages to endure.

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This narrow bridge connects two mountains and is a crucial asset for locals who use it to commute important resources. Even though it’s equipped with high guardrails, this crossing is scary not only for humans but also for the animals. Some shepherds even place blinders on their cattle to relieve them from the intimidating heights of the Himalaya, all to ensure they won’t cause trouble while crossing.

Root Bridges – India

These bridges are truly one of nature’s magnificent gifts. They are made up of tangled roots stemming out of the Ficus Elastice tree, interlaced with one another to create this spectacular crossing. Spotted amongst the Jaintia hills, these pathways cross over small mountain streams, inviting tourists all over the world to explore the intricacies of the forest.

The hanging root bridges in India

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The indigenous tribes of the area have learned how to manipulate the roots of this tree, so that it grows in a way that creates these accessible extensions. As the trees grow older, the root, in fact, becomes stronger – creating an impressive feature, which is the complete opposite of our modern-day structures. Architects and engineers have much to learn from these natural marvels.

Taman Negara Canopy Walkway – Malaysia

This dangling crossway spans 1,700 feet across the trees and is known as the longest canopy walkway in the world. With a frightening height of 130 feet above land, it precariously shifts around as you make your way across it. In addition, the bridge is relatively narrow, a mere 1 foot, so it’s better to hope no one surprises you from the opposite direction.

The Taman Negara Canopy Walkway over the jungle in Malaysia

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Attracting many tourists annually, only ones with nerves of steel dare to go forward on this wobbly ride. It’s highly recommended not to look down, the pendulous movements are nauseating enough without the fright of the space between you and solid ground.

Capilano Suspension Bridge – Canada

Crossing over the Capilano River in North Vancouver, this suspension bridge attracts countless tourists, drawing over 1.2 million people per year. Enclosed by majestic greenery, it is situated at 320 feet high, providing a first-class view of the marvels of the rainforest. It’s 460 feet long and was originally built by a Scottish engineer in 1889.

Capilano Suspension Bridge going from tree to tree

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But don’t be deceived by the serene and omnipresent green. Bridges are always a risky ordeal. Just ask the woman who accidently dropped her baby off this bridge in a chilling accident back in 1999. Thankfully, the child survived, but the trauma of the incident is surely present and felt till this day.

Ai Petri Bridge – Ukraine

Hovering high between the Crimean Mountains, this bridge is sure to provide you with an unbelievable view. Despite the inviting scenery, this crossing is in no way for the faint hearted. Greeted by winds and dense fog, this trail is basically a walk through the clouds. If you’re able to catch a clear glimpse through the hazy air, you’ll enjoy an extraordinary view of the 4,200 feet deep canyon beneath.

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In order to reach the bridge, you need to take a long hike or decide on a cable car ride instead. Regardless of how you get there, once you reach the top you are sure to forget whatever happened before your arrival. Many are paralyzed by fear and simply wait for the cable ride down. If you ever wanted to reach heaven, this is the closest you’ll probably get while alive.

Suspension Glass Bridge – China

This skywalk bridge is glass bottomed and completely transparent. At such heights, most of us would rather not be reminded of what’s lying underneath us. But the Israeli architect Haim Dotan had other plans for its visitors. You can find this terrifying work of art stretching 1,410 feet long in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park of China. Connecting between two mountains, this glass footpath cost $3.4 million and was completed in 2015. With such an extraordinary design, it leaves its visitors in a state of wonder and has even broken a few world records throughout the years.

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13 days after the bridge was opened, it closed due to an overwhelming surge of people. The bridge was expected to attract around 8,000 visitors a day, but it reached over 80,000! It reopened after a few days and since then, glass bridges have become extremely popular throughout the country. But not everyone shares this sense of excitement. Glancing down when you’re 980 ft. above firm ground requires a lot of bravery.

Cape William Moore Bridge – Alaska

Open to traffic since 1976, this 100-foot-long suspension bridge makes it accessible for vehicles to pass over the Moore Creek Gorge. As heavy trucks have made their way across it, back and forth, it has lead to a gradual wearing down of the once firm structure. It’s pretty evident that this bridge is in desperate need of renovation.

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This bridge was named after Captain William Moore, who was both a pilot and a riverboat captain. He was one of the first to discuss the necessity of a bridge over the Gorge. If you’re ever on the Klondike Highway, prepare yourself for this immense crossing, known to be one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

Marienbrucke – Germany

This pedestrian crossing, known as “Mary’s Bridge,” offers a spectacular view of the Neuschwanstein Castle and a romantic story from the year 1840 is said to be behind its construction. It was a birthday gift from the Prince of Germany, Maximilian II, to his friend Mary. Both avid mountain climbers, this bridge served as the perfect gesture.

Marienbrucke Bridge between two mountains

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Well maintained throughout the years, this bridge has been polished, renewed and treated like royalty. It looms over a deep gorge and is annually packed with eager tourists, each one striving to catch the perfect picture of the castle.

Mackinac Bridge – Michigan

Also known as the “Big Mac,” this long bridge stretches 26,372 ft. across the straits of Mackinac and connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Ever since its construction in 1957 it has become a huge tourist attraction. It beautifully lights up when the sky darkens, creating a galactic feel as you drive across.

The Mackinac Bridge lit up in the evening

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The bridge is considered safe, but strong winds put your car at risk of flying off or, at the least, wobbling a bit. But no worries, if you’re not willing to go through with the ride and still need a way across, you can always use a ferry.

Musou Tsuribashi Bridge – Japan

Built in the 1950s, this suspension bridge has earned the title of the scariest suspension bridge in all of Japan, probably because throughout the years it hasn’t been properly maintained. To make matters scarier, it’s located in a remote area in the Southern Japanese Alps named Musou Tsuribashi. If anything were to happen, there might not be a lot of people around to help.

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This bridge’s name literally means “Matchless Suspension Bridge,” and with thin wires and sketchy wooden planks, there’s really no other bridge that looks more frightening than this one. The climb to the bridge isn’t that safe either; it requires metal chains to support you as you ascend.

William Preston Lane Bridge – Maryland

Also known as the “Chesapeake Bay Bridge,” this steel marvel is almost 5 miles long and stands 186 feet above the Chesapeake Bay. It is named after the 52nd governor of Maryland, William Preston Lane Jr, who initiated the construction after years of indecision. This bridge is a vital link, connecting the eastern and western shore.

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The original span was built in 1952, and, after witnessing its success, a parallel span was added in 1973. Over 24 million vehicles pass through annually, and only once a year traffic is put to a halt by a 10K run across the bridge. There’s currently talk of building a third span.

Kawarau Bridge – New Zealand

This bridge has gradually become a hot spot for many bungee jumpers. Standing 43 meters above the Kawarau River near Queenstown, it offers such a spectacular view that no wonder thrill seekers are eager to make the jump. Forming part of the Queenstown Train, this bridge is also available for pedestrians and cyclists.

Kawarau Bridge between two cliffs

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This antique bridge was initially built in 1880 by engineer Harry Higginson. Many years later, in 1963, it was replaced by a new highway and in 1988, a decade after its first construction, it became the birthplace of bungee jumping.

Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge – South Korea

This orange bridge camouflages itself quite well in autumn. Situated deep between thick patches of trees and beautiful rock peaks, this suspension bridge is part of the Daedunsan Provincial Park. It’s 50 meters long and hangs 432 feet above mountainous terrain.

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The winds can get pretty strong, and the bridge sways accordingly as you cross. It’s a thrilling experience, and as much as the scenery is unforgettable, the adventurous crossing is just as memorable. Just be careful not to drop your camera or phone, there’s little chance you’ll see it ever again.

Moses Bridge, Netherlands

This narrow bridge’s sunken design makes it almost invisible to spot, providing a discreet entrance into a Dutch fortress. It’s made out of waterproof wood and merges beautifully with the wet landscape. It has adjustable dams on both sides, ensuring that the height of the water never rises to a point where it may flood the moat.

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As you make your way across this historic bridge, you get a better understanding of why it was named after the biblical figure Moses. The water feels as if it has parted just for you, allowing you to cross serenely through.

Henderson Waves – Singapore

Its wavy design is both unique and intimidating. Since its completion in 2008, this bizarre looking structure has gained a lot of popularity with tourists worldwide. For pedestrians only, this bridge stands 36 meters above ground and is filled with little niches where travelers can stop and witness the wonders that surround them.

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Henderson Waves is 274 meters long and connects two parks, the Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park. If you enjoy tropical landscapes and aren’t intimidated by sky-high waves, you should definitely consider the journey.

Mur Island Bridge – Austria

Also known as “The Floating Island,” this pedestrian bridge hovers above the Mur River and connects both ends of the city of Graz. 154 ft. long, its form resembles a large seashell. Designed by artist Vito Acconci, the idea behind this piece of engineering was to connect the urban city to the nature around it. It was meant to be a temporary project, as a way of honoring Graz as Europe’s capital of culture.

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Due to its instant popularity, the bridge became a permanent resident and now holds a playground as well as a little café for visitors to enjoy their time on this interesting work of art. Visits at night are especially beautiful, when the lights turn on and reflect on to the still water underneath.

Pont de Singe – England

Pont de Singe literally means “Monkey Bridge.” This extraordinary floating bridge was designed by French artist Oliver Grossetête, who came up with the idea of three massive helium balloons giving rise to wooden planks. You can find this gem in Tatton Park, Cheshire. It bends over a lake in the Japanese gardens.

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Helium balloons give off a friendly joyful feel, but don’t be mistaken and run carelessly through it, this delicate bridge isn’t open for crossing. Even if it were, this bridge could probably only support one person each time.

Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge – Germany

Located in the Kromlauer Park in Germany, the Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge is arched high above the water, but its reflection gives off an amazing circular illusion. The use of the word Devil in the name is due to people’s belief that no creature other than Satan could be responsible for this dangerous beauty.

The semi-circular shaped Devil’s bridge

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This historic stone marvel dates back to 1860 and stretches over the lake Rakotzsee. Both ends of the bridge are ornamented with spiky basalt columns, adding to its impressive stature. This bridge isn’t actually open for crossing; it’s better to preserve this beauty and view it only from afar.

Confederation Bridge – New Brunswick

Considered the longest bridge in the world to cross over ice-covered water, this lengthy 12,900 meter road opened in 1997 and took almost four years to build. It cost a whopping $1.3 billion and took over five thousand workers to complete.

The Confederation Bridge

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It’s a two-lane toll bridge that connects Borden Carleton and Cape Jourimain. This scenic drive provides an exciting and expansive view, but it can cause a bit of worry for those who prefer land to wet landscapes, as it seems to stretch out indefinitely.

Ponte Vasco da Gama – Lisbon

This 7.67-mile-long bridge is the second longest in Europe and the longest one in Lisbon. Named after the great Portugal explorer, Vasco de Gama, it spans over the shallow but immense Tagus Estuary and connects between the northern and southern parts of Portugal.

The Ponte Vasco da Gama Bridge with a contemporary design

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18 months and 3,300 workers were needed to create this crossing, and its architects proudly claim that this metal masterpiece can withstand fierce earthquakes and troublesome weather. Even though it’s firm and supported by several pillars, this long ride is enough to make the fainthearted a bit dizzy.

Pont du Gard – France

This ancient Roman Bridge was built between 40 and 60AD. It crosses 902 feet over the river Gardon in Southern France and holds such historical significance that, in 1985, it was added to the list of the “World Heritage Sites.” For five centuries, this aqueduct was of great importance as it supplied water to the city of Nîmes.

The double layered Pont du Gard

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Overtime, this has become one of France’s most visited monuments and it truly deserves all the recognition it gets. The hard work and attention that was put into constructing this masterpiece is pretty mind blowing. 48 meters high with three rows of arches, it remains strong and steady till this day, centuries after it was built.

Kintai Bridge – Japan

Made completely out of wood, the Kintai Bridge holds five impressive arches made of pine, cypress, and chestnut, oak and Japanese zelkova. The original bridge was built back in 1673, and, after many years, it was finally renovated in 1950. Bending its way over the Nishiki River, this historic structure is part of the Kikkou Park, home to the Iwakuni Castle as well.

Cherry Blossom trees around the bridge with multiple arches

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Both the castle and the bridge attract numerous visitors, locals and foreigners alike. If you’re looking to make your way across this 175-meter-long bridge, you should arrive either in the spring or autumn, when you’ll be able to witness the spectacular change of colors around you. That might ease your jitters as you cross this immense arch bridge.

Slaters’ Bridge – Cumbria

Situated in Little Langdale, this ancient pedestrian bridge dates back to the 1700’s. It crosses over the Brathay River and was commonly trailed on by packhorses as they carried slates from mines in the area. The bridge itself is made of slate and slab and its arch is 15 feet long.

The Slater’s Bridge

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The surroundings are something out of a fairytale and the bridge is remarkably majestic looking. No wonder British author Alfred Wainwright named it “the most picturesque footbridge in Lakeland.”

Aqueduct de los Milagros – Spain

This ancient aqueduct was built in 100AD. Stretching over the Albarregas River in Spain, it supplied water to the Roman city of Emerita Augusta. What we can see today are the ruins of this impressive construction. No longer in need of this sort of commute, other animals are now enjoying this stature, building nests and savoring the shadows of its arches.

The tall Acueducto de los Milagros

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This 98.5 ft. tall aqueduct was designate a milagro – a miracle by its spectators. Centuries later and this miracle still exists, proud and tall. It’s probably better to look at it from the ground, any attempt at climbing these ruins is sure to end ugly.

Carioca Aqueduct – Rio de Janeiro

Located in Brazil and crossing over the Carioca River, this aqueduct was used for supplying water to the people of Rio de Janiero. Its construction began in 1723 and it consists of 42 arches reaching a height of 57.7 feet. It now serves as a tram that connects the Santa Teresa neighborhood with the city center.

The white bridge with two layers of arches going all the way down

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This white monument seems peaceful enough, but this tram hasn’t been a walk in the park for some of its riders. In 2011, the train’s brakes failed, resulting in five deaths. Still, a ride on this example of colonial architecture is an experience worth taking.

Bhumibol Bridge – Bangkok

Spiraling above the Chao Phraya River, this bridge resembles a stomach-turning rollercoaster. 164 feet high and supported by two diamond shaped pylons, the Bhumibol Bridge connects southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan Province. The bridge officially opened in 2006 and has since then alleviated many of the traffic issues once burdening the area.

The Bhumibol Bridge lit up at night

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This magnificent road is commonly called “Mega Bridge”, which makes sense because of how hard it is to overlook its impressive form and high pillars! But still, for those who grew up disliking twisty rollercoasters, this probably won’t be an inviting drive.

Baliem River Bridge – Western New Guinea

This creaky bridge overlooks the Baliem River, whose unforgiving waters are a threat even to the most experienced swimmer. This makeshift bridge is made of bamboo and wood and any attempt to cross it is extremely ambitious, especially if you’re inexperienced.

A photograph of the bridge over Baliem River

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The Baliem Valley is beautiful, but these bridges pose quite a threat when exploring the area. The primitive building materials used to construct these bridges, as well as their lack of maintenance, makes crossing these bridges as unpredictable as the whirlpools you might encounter if you fall off the ledge.

Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco

There aren’t many bridges as famous as this one. It stretches nearly two miles across the unique spot called the “Golden Gate,” where San Francisco Bay opens up to the Pacific Ocean. Opened for traffic in 1937, it has since then become one of San Francisco’s main gems. Over 10 million people per year cross these massive orange lanes, trusting a long road hanging 746 feet above water.

A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge with fog surrounding it

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This iconic suspension bridge is 1.7 miles long and is open for both vehicles and pedestrians. Nowadays it’s easy to gush over how strong and beautiful this bridge is, but building it was a terribly dangerous task, and a safety net was placed below it, which saved the lives of 19 construction workers.

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge – Japan

Linking the city of Kobe to Awaji Island, this suspension bridge held the title of the longest one in the world when it first opened in 1998. Crossing over the Akashi Strait, it has saved a lot of ferry accidents from occurring in the dangerous waterway underneath.

A photograph of the white lit up Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge in the evening

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This engineering marvel is 3,911 meters long with two main supporting towers. It is considered safe and is flaunted as being capable of withstanding earthquakes up to 8.5 on the Richter scale. Sounds stable enough, yet not everyone is up for a long journey across open water.

Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney

Inspired by New York City’s Hell Gate Bridge, this arch-shaped wonder has become the iconic image of Sydney. Also known as “The Coathanger,” it connects Sydney’s central business district and the north shore. It is the seventh longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, with a total length of 3,770 ft.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up at night with the Opera House in the background

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After 8 laborious years and the unfortunate death of 16 construction workers, it finally opened in 1932. Ever since, it has known no shortage of traffic and is constantly being used by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. It’s impossible to remain impartial in the face of this steel coat hanger, and even more impossible to imagine Sydney without it.

Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge – Shanghai

One of the longest bridges in the world, The Danyang-Kunshan Grand is a whopping 100-mile ride parallel to the Yangtze River. It took four years of construction, 8.5$ billion and 10,000 dedicated employees to finish this masterpiece. It connects Shanghai and Nanjing and crosses over many other populated areas along the way.

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge curved through the ocean

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This freaky drive will take you six miles above open water, a gut-wrenching trip for the lighthearted. If you’re able to get past the initial scare, this ride is actually an amazing opportunity to soar through beautiful areas of the country.

Ponte Vecchio – Firenze, Italy

The Arno River has been crossed over by many bridges throughout history. They were destroyed by floods and rebuilt again until 1345, when this medieval stone bridge was firmly erected. Ever since, the “Ponte Vecchio”, which literally means “old bridge”, has endured centuries of hardships including during WWII where it remained standing while other bridges were demolished.

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge with small colorful houses and windows along it

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With three beautiful arches and a large piazza at the center of its crossing, this resilient bridge is a wonder to step on. The bridge itself isn’t the only attraction; underneath it, boat rides and concerts are held. Apparently, everyone, whether on land or water, wants to be close to the strong aura this bridge projects.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge – China

Hanging high above Hangzhou Bay, this spooky looking bridge stretches itself 22.2 miles across the eastern coastal region in China. After careful deliberation and testing, it officially opened for traffic in 2008.

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge and its sightseeing tower

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Locals were delighted to find out that this crossing reduced travel time significantly and shortened the distance between Ningbo and Shanghai. Despite its positive aspects, this bridge is located in an area prone to earthquakes, and you should surely think twice before driving across it in the typhoon season.

Forth Rail Bridge – United Kingdom

Voted the “Greatest Man-Made Wonder” of 2016, this orange piece of steel has become the symbol of Scotland. Located nine miles west of Edinburgh City Center, the Forth Rail Bridge connects the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry.

The Forth Rail Bridge with a boat in the water

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When it opened in 1890 it was considered the world’s longest bridge with a total length of 2,467 miles. It was designed by two English engineers and has been showcased on several TV programs, movies and posters. This monstrous structure is impressive no matter where you see it, but it’s better to experience its grandiosity in person, if you dare.

Oresund Bridge – Sweden

Connecting between the coast of Sweden to the artificial island of Peberholm, this snake like bridge is nearly eight kilometers long. Both a railway and a motorway, it was deemed the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe for 19 years. It cruises through the border of Sweden and Denmark and has improved the globalization process significantly.

Oresund Bridge with four peaks

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Since its opening in the year 2000, this bridge has managed to receive the 2002 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award and was mentioned in Eurovision 2013 as a symbol of the connection between Sweden and the rest of Europe. Important to tourists and locals alike, riding this bridge over open water is a mind-blowing experience.

Beipanjiang Duge Bridge – China

Duge Bridge has set the record for the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Stretching over the Beipan River, this bridge allows for easy access to the Province of Yunnan. Its opening in 2016 has definitely amazed the world and set an example for outstanding engineering. It is situated 564 meters high up in the mountains and surpasses the many other infamous bridges in China.

The Beipanjiang Bridge suspended over a canyon

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At such dizzying heights, only the bravest look down as they cross it. What makes the ride even more creepy is that the river below seems at times so obscure due to the shadows of the enclosing cliffs. Imagine looking down and not being able to make sense of where the drop ends.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge – England

Crossing the River Tyne in North East England, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is open for pedestrians and cyclists and attracts people from all over the world. This beautiful construction lights up at night, creating an enchanting glow reflected from the River Tyne. It is 105 meters long and connects between Newcastle and Gateshead.

The white Gateshead Millennium Bridge

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Due to its unique shape and tilted design, it quickly became referred to as “The Winking Eye Bridge” or “Blinking Eye Bridge.” Ever since its opening in 2001, it’s managed to snatch a few awards throughout the years, including the 2003 Supreme Award and the 2002 Stirling Prize. Although this bridge is clearly admired, it may pose a challenge to those less fond of leaving solid ground.

Tsing Ma Bridge – Hong Kong

The Tsing Ma Bridge has become a sensational tourist attraction. It’s a lengthy 2.16km drive, which makes it the 11th longest span suspension bridge in the world. Its name derives from the two islands you’ll meet on its opposing ends, Tsing Yi and Ma wan. With three lanes in each direction, this 41-meter-wide crossing has made life easier for many of its users.

The Tsing Ma Bridge lit up at dusk

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It might feel like an intimidating ride at first, but this robust bridge is able to stand its ground in the face of wind speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. Its construction was officially completed in 1997, and the opening ceremony was an unforgettable event for the locals.

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