Best Bridges You'll Want to Visit

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Have you ever thought about visiting a destination specifically to see a bridge? It is unusual and uncommon but you will be amazed how many towns have incredible bridges that have become so popular due to their spectacularity. So much so that many people only visit the city to take a selfie on the bridge.

We often use bridges for transportation, but even a bridge can be inspiring and charming to the eye. The architecture, the view, the thrill – all these will convince you to give these destinations a try. In this article, we’ll reveal 20 awe-inspiring bridges around the world, that you can visit.

1. Titlis Cliff Walk

GADMEN, SWITZERLAND

Known as the “world’s scariest bridge,” the 3000 m height bridge is located in Switzerland, and it’s probably the highest bridge in Europe. But don’t worry, it is very safe even if it will give you wobbly legs!

2. Langkawi Sky Bridge

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

Want to walk in the sky? This bridge hangs at about 100m above the land, and you will feel 10 inches from heaven. It swings over the landscape and the bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

3. Eshima Ohashi Bridge

JAPAN

The first time you see this bridge from a distance, it los like you’re going down a rollercoaster, but it’s not. It is broad and robust enough that you can cross it in a car. Although the bridge is very steep, you can still pass over it, hopefully, with little fear.

4. The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge

BALLINTOY, NORTHERN IRELAND

This bridge was made by salmon fishermen almost 350 years ago. It’s only 30m in height and has recently been repaired for pedestrians to cross. You can take a tour on the bridge and learn about its fascinating history. The bridge is made using rope and stone, which is the traditional way it would have been in medieval times.

5. Royal Gorge Bridge

COLORADO, UNITED STATES

You can use your car or walk along the bridge. Either way, you’ll never forget this experience. Located in Canon City, Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge has an amusement park on both ends of it.

6. Deception Pass Bridge

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES

The name of this bridge might be slightly offputting, but it is descriptive of what you might find here. Of course, there is nothing scary about this place… unless you’re afraid of heights and fog. The bridge is 180ft above the water, and it links both Whidby and Fidalgo islands.

7. Puente de Ojuela

DURANGO, MEXICO

One of the best places you can visit in Durango state is this mysterious bridge. This suspension bridge was built by the same architects who created the Brooklyn Bridge. You have so much to explore here if you defeat your fear of heights and deep fog.

8. Sunshine Skyway Bridge

FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Amuse your eyes with the view of the Tampa Bay in Florida, as you cross the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world. The design of the bridge is simply beautiful, and its yellow color represents the sunshine state of Florida.

9. Aiguille du Midi

MONT BLANC, FRANCE

If you’re not afraid of heights, then you’ll be excited to visit this bridge. Located in the center of Chamonix, this bridge is almost 3000 m above sea level. Due to its height, you get to see all of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

10. The Capilano Suspension Bridge

NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA

Take a walk in nature and enjoy the view of the Capilano River below. The beautiful sight of the forest will make you feel like you’re in Santa’s city due to all the Christmas trees. This simple suspension bridge is in Vancouver, Canada.

11. The Helix Bridge

SINGAPORE

The first curved bridge in the world, this bridge is truly a gem. It links both Marina Centre and Marina South in the Marina Bay Area, Singapore. This art of the bridge are lights that light up in a specific pattern, to create a unique visual experience for you. If Christmas is something you celebrate, then you will the lights on this bridge that create a Christmassy atmosphere all year round.

12. Palladian Bridge at Prior Park

BATH, ENGLAND

This bridge is a perfect example of classy, elegant architecture. It was inspired by the classical architecture of both ancient Greeks and Romans. This style was so popular in England during the 18th century, and it’s the last of three of its kind built in England.

13. The Living Root Bridges

MEGHALAYA, INDIA

This title’s not just a name; the bridges are made of tree roots. This form of tree shaping is common in the Meghalaya state since they are handmade by people of the mountains using only rubber fig trees.

14. Henderson Waves Bridge

SINGAPORE

This pedestrian bridge is only 38m above the ground and is designed with a wave-like shape. The unique design is what has attracted so many people over the years. Also, it holds the record of the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

15. Puente Nuevo

RONDA, SPAIN

This bridge is located in Ronda new town, Spain, and links it to the old city. When you lo at it, it seems like an ancient bridge perfect for history rs. While you cross it, the views of the road on both sides are amazing.

16. Clifton Suspension Bridge

BRISTOL, ENGLAND

Sitting on the cliffs of Avon Gorge in Bristol, England, this bridge is one attraction you must not miss. It attracts thousands of visitors a year, and people come here to enjoy the sight of ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and explore the vibrant city beyond.

17. Si-o-Se Pol

ISFAHAN, IRAN

From the ancient Persian culture, located in Isfahan, Iran, is this unusual bridge that will definitely catch your attention. This old solid bridge is made of Sarooj, a very special type of cement, and clay bricks. It truly represents authentic Iranian Architecture, and you will its romantic side.

18. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

CHINA

Just the place for history rs, this bridge is an example of the Dong culture. Built with five pavilions, using porches and eaves, it is the perfect place to experience the Asian culture. It got the name because it challenges brutal weather conditions.

19. Pont du Gard

VERS-PONT-DU-GARD, FRANCE

The most visited bridge in France, this masterpiece is one of the greatest in the world. It still stands since the 1st century; this is why the architecture los from an ancient time. It’s the highest Roman bridge in the world, and it to only five years to be built.

20. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

ZHANGJIAJIE, CHINA

This bridge is one of the most terrifying due to the slim edge and height where it’s situated. If you ever wanted to lo in a deep gorge, now you have the opportunity. This glass bridge seems so modern, yet so fragile.

21. Sydney Harbour Bridge

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Connecting downtown and the north of Sydney spans one of the world's most recognizable bridges, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Known for its "coathanger-like" shape, it can be crossed by various modes of transport including: bus, train, car, bike, and walking.

22. Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES

Named after the strait of water between San Francisco and the Marin headlands is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge. This grandiose span is perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, easily identified by its International Orange color. The two cables stretch more than 7,000 feet in length and contain 80,000 miles of wire, enough to circle the globe.

23. Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing of the East River and now serves as a popular landmark for people visiting New York City.

24. Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

VENICE, ITALY

One of more than 400 bridges crossing the canals of Venice, it's tradition to kiss your loved one on a gondola ride while passing under the Bridge of Sighs. Named locally as the Ponte dei Sospiri, this iconic landmark was built in the year 1600 and connects the Doge's Palace to the historic prison across the canal (the most famous one being Casanova).

25. Ponte Vecchio

FLORENCE, ITALY

The Ponte Vecchio or "Old Bridge" is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy. It is recognizable for the numerous shops that are built along it. Butchers, tanners, and farmers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers.

26. Rialto Bridge

VENICE, ITALY

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Connecting the sestieri (districts) of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in 1173, and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.

The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, began to be constructed in 1588 and was completed in 1591.

27. Tower Bridge

LONDON, ENGLAND

Tower Bridge is a double-leaf bascule (drawbridge) that spans the River Thames between the Greater London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark. It is a distinct landmark that adjoins the Tower of London. Between the towers stretch a pair of glass-covered walkways that are popular among tourists. The walkways were originally designed to allow pedestrians to cross even while the bridge was raised, but they became hangouts for prostitutes and thieves and so were closed from 1909 to 1982.

28. Charles Bridge

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 and finished in the early 15th century.

As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This land connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700, but now all have been replaced by replicas.

29. Hangzhou Bay Bridge

JIAXING, CHINA

Currently holding the record as the world's longest bridge, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is a long 35.7 km (22.2 mi) highway bridge, built across the mouth of Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. It connects the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province.

The bridge was opened to the public on May 1st, 2008, after a considerable period of testing and evaluation. The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai, cutting the travel time in half.

30. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

BERMEO, SPAIN

Located just off the shore along the Bay of Biscay lies San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Some may recognize it as the island fortress of “Dragonstone” from season 7 of Game of Thrones, however, its real name can be translated as “castle rock”.

The man-made stone bridge transitions into a narrow path that contains 241 steps and zigzags its way back and forth to the top. These steps have even been recognized as one of the world’s grandest staircases.

31. Mozesbrug (Moses Bridge)

HALSTEREN, NETHERLANDS

This "invisible" bridge, made completely out of waterproof wood, lies like a trench and disappears into the landscape, but from the vantage point above or at either end, the bridge seems to part the waters, reminiscent of the prophet it is named after.

32. Benson Bridge

OREGON, UNITED STATES

Possibly the most photographed attraction in Oregon. More than 2 million tourists line up for a shot on this iconic bridge at Multnomah Falls.

33. Bixby Bridge

BIG SUR, UNITED STATES

This bridge is an icon of the popular road trip along the California coast. Make sure to stop for a photo on your way through the beautiful Big Sur region.

34. Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

A unique design with has one large X-shaped concrete mast supporting two curved roadways over the Pinheiros River in São Paulo, Brazil.

35. Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

QINGDAO, CHINA

the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China currently holds the record as the longest bridge over water at roughly 26 miles (42 kilometers) in total length. The bride connects Qingdao and Huangdao

36. Sundial Bridge

REDDING, UNITED STATES

Spanning the Sacramento River this bridge serves two purposes. The obvious being a way to cross the river but the other, more obscure being it is actually a partially-functional sundial (since it can only tell the time between 11am and 3pm)

37. U Bein Bridge

MYANMAR

This rickety wooden pedestrian bridge spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. Built in the mid-1800s it is now a tourist hotspot and makes for the most incredible sunset photos!

Who knew that a bridge could be inspiring? Not only helping people with transportation but also a link to the glorious past. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bags and live the moment! Happy travels!

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