Bridges are a beautiful thing. They help us cross bodies of water, traverse canyons, and can also be works of art. They are a testament to the determination of man to get to where we want to go. As beautiful and helpful as they are, they can also be incredibly unnerving. It’s against human nature to be so high up with imminent death on either side of you. Try not to get vertigo; these are the most insane bridges around the world.
If you dare, the Trift Bridge is located in the Switzerland Alps and suspends over the Trift Glacier. The bridge is 328 feet high and 558 feet long, making it an excellent sightseeing location if you can compose yourself long enough to look around.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the area’s most prominent attractions. Built in 1889, the bridge is 450 long and 230 high. Located right above the Capilano River and is surrounded by the beautiful forests of Vancouver.
Road Trip Across the Navajo Bridges
The Navajo Bridges are parallel running bridges that cross the Colorado River in northern Arizona. Originally named the Grand Canyon Bridge, the bridges connect southern Utah to Arizona, making it a perfect route for a road trip or a beautiful walk, as it opened to pedestrians in 1995. It sits 476 feet above the Colorado River with a breathtaking view.
The Old Bridge of Konitsa
Located in Eprius, Greece, the Bridge of Konitsa is the stone portal that leads to and from the ancient town of Konitsa. Built in 1870, it crosses where the Aoos river meets the Voidomatis river. Rich with history, the region was first inhabited way back in 2100 BC it looks as though ancient Greeks might have traversed the bridge at some point.
The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
When it opened in 2016, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was the longest and tallest glass bridge in the world. Located in China, it measures 1,410 feet long, 20 feet wide, and is suspended an incredible 853 above the ground. It is a pedestrian-only bridge and is designed to hold up to 800 people at a time. But don’t look down or you may get some serious vertigo.
Pulau Langkawi Sky Bridge
Completed in 2005, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a pedestrian cable bridge that is 2,710 feet above sea level and stretches a curvy 450 feet. The bridge hangs over the peak of the Gunung Mat Chinchang on the main island of the Langkawi island cluster in Kedah, Malaysia. The views are incredible!
The Ojuela Bridge
Initially, Ojuela was a small mining town in Mexico that was deserted for the most part. The original bridge was constructed in 1898 by the Roebling Brothers, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge. At one point, it was the third longest suspension bridge in the world. It looks sketchy, but it’s not the scariest on this list.
Royal Gorge Bridge
This bridge may be stable, but it’s also super high. The Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the Arkansas River and connects to either side of the Royal Gorge in Canon City, Colorado. It was the world’s highest bridge from 1929 until 2001. It is still the highest bridge in the United States, suspended 955 feet from the river below.
The Millau Viaduct is the Tallest-ish
The Millau Viaduct is in the gorge valley near Millau in the south of France. It’s 890 feet from the deck to the ground, making it the 22nd highest bridge in the world. But, if you were to measure it from the field to the top of the most upper mast (1,125 feet) it’s the tallest bridge in the world.
The Hureai Bridge is in its Own League
If you think that straight bridges are overrated, then visit the Hureai Bridge in Nantan, Japan. This circular pedestrian bridge allows its crossers to get a sense of their surroundings by walking in a circle to get across. Completed in 2003, it’s a unique bridge that breaks the status quo about what we thought we knew about bridges.
Pont du Gard Aqueduct
Although there may not look like there’s anything wrong with it, you might hesitate to cross after learning that it was built in 40 AD. Although Roman architecture has proven to be sound, a bridge that old seems questionable. The beautiful Pont du Gard Aqueduct has been visited by tourists for centuries and is one of France’s top five tourist attractions. It was initially used as an aqueduct and as a way to cross the river.
Ireland’s Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
You may recognize this bridge if you watch Game of Thrones, which was filmed there. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in northern Ireland connects the mainland to the island of Carrickarede, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Strangely enough, the bridge is thought to have been built by a salmon fisherman over 350 years ago. It’s suspended 100 feet above the ocean and you can only cross if the weather allows.
The Longest Bridge Over Water: Jiaozhau Bay Bridge
The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is a roadway in China’s Shandong province. It holds the current world record for the longest bridge over water which is just under 25 miles. If you don’t like being on bridges for an extended amount of time, you might want to avoid this one at all costs.
Cherrapunji Root Bridge
If you want to feel like you’re walking in a fantasy world, check out the root bridge in Meghalaya, India. The Nongriat village in Cherrapunji has spent generations directing the growth of these trees and roots to construct an entirely nature-made bridge. Because of the climate, most wooden bridges would collapse, but these have withstood the test of time. Pretty amazing.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Just take a look at this bridge! The Eshima Ohashi Bridge is a ridged-frame bridge in Japan. It connects cities on either side of Nakaumi Lake. The bridge was built from 1997 to 2004. It is the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world and is likely to give anyone anxiety that drives up its steep face.
Mount Titlis Bridge: The World’s Scariest Bridge
At around 10,000 feet above sea level, the Mount Titlis suspension bridge, known as the “Titlis Cliff Walk,” is 328 feet long and only 3 feet wide. Located in the Swiss Alps, it is considered to be the highest suspension bridge in Europe. It opened in 2012, in the middle of a snowstorm nonetheless, and was described by the media as “the world’s scariest bridge.”
The Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge connects Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick, Canada. The construction of the two-lane bridge took four years between 1993 and 1997. The bridge is around 200 feet tall and approximately 8 miles long traveling above the ice-cold water below. Don’t fall in!
The Modi Khola Bridge Above Glacier Run-Off
This old suspension bridge is in the Upper Modi Khola Valley in Nepal. The bridge crosses a small river that is glacier run-off from the peaks of the Hiunchuli and Machapuchare peaks. They flow into the Madi Khola River and then throughout several channels. The bridge looks like it’s about to fall apart, but the beauty of the scenery might be worth the risk!
Tea Park Bridge
In Xuan’en’s County in China’s Hubei Province, visitors can get a bit of an adrenaline rush at a tea park, of all places. The tea park has the option to walk across the ‘air corridor’ which is 3,200 feet long made up of wooden planks, tires, ropes, and more. It is one of the biggest and by far the most dangerous attraction at the park.