The 30 Coolest Bridges In The World

The 30 Coolest Bridges In The World

The coolest bridges in the world don’t just get you from Point A to Point B. They do it with style and panache. They’re mathematical and artistic marvels, made from the unlikeliest materials. Or else they defy the imagination with their scale and cunning design.

From the monumental to the quaint and traditional, these are the most interesting bridges in the world.

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30. The Siduhe Bridge

The Siduhe Bridge (or Sidu River Bridge) is one of China’s most impressive — and that’s saying something. Connecting Shanghai to Chongqing, it towers 1,600 feet over the floor of the Sidu River Valley. At more than 4,000 feet in length, it’s an impressive sight contrasted against the mountainous terrain. And that view!

The Siduhe Bridge

29. Millau Viaduct

At 1,104 feet, France’s Millau Viaduct isn’t just one of the coolest bridges in the world — it’s also the tallest.  It’s part of the autoroute connecting Paris to the south of France. At more than 8,000 feet long, it definitely leaves its mark on the hilly geography of the region. No wonder it’s considered one of the greatest architectural feats of the century.

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The Millau Viaduct is a toll bridge, but we think it’s worth the price of admission

28. Slauerhoffbrug

Not all of the world’s coolest bridges are really tall or really long. The Slauerhoffbrug makes the list because of its unique design. The bridge swings a 15m by 15m slab of road in and out of an opening — allowing both ships and car traffic to pass. Few would call it beautiful, but it’s effective.

It’s located in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, painted yellow and blue for the city’s colors.

The Slauerhoffbrug in the process of lowering its platform

27. Mathematical Bridge

The Mathematical Bridge may not be a work of art, but it’s a masterpiece of math. It connects two parts of Queen’s College, Cambridge across the River Cam. Although it’s not much to look at, the construction is actually extremely impressive, as it’s built solely out of straight planks of wood. The design is therefore impressively complex. Hence the name.

Although the bridge was first built in 1749, it has been rebuilt several times — always to the original specifications.

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The Mathematical Bridge with some quaint river boaters for good measure

26. The Rialto Bridge

We would be remiss not to mention Venice’s most famous bridge, and the oldest spanning the Grand Canal. Indeed, although it’s a tourist trap, it’s a must-see if you’re in Venice. Originally completed in 1591, the design was deemed so audacious at the time that some experts predicted the project would fail. Look at it now, haters.

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The Rialto Bridge, an icon of Venice

25. Crab Bridges

What, did you think all bridges were for humans? You humanist!

On Christmas Island, the native crabs migrate from the forests to the oceans to mate every year. This migration puts millions of little critters’ lives at risk. Small crabs don’t stand much of a chance against cars and trucks. Thankfully, the Crab Bridges help them scuttle over the road without risking their lives. It has also become something of a tourist draw in its own right, particularly during migration season.

24. Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

If you’re heading east out of Seattle on Route 520, you will cross over the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge — the largest structure of its kind in the world. The renovated bridge, which opened in 2016, is the longest and widest floating bridge ever built. It’s the niftiest way to cross Lake Washington without walking on water.
A side-on view of the world’s largest floating bridge

23. Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas

Vertical lift bridges are always fun. But the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, France kicks it up a notch. It’s the longest vertial lift bridge in Europe. But what really makes it one of the coolest bridges is the lighting system on its towers, which flashes different colors depending on the state of the tide.

Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas in the upright position

22. The Da Vinci Bridge

In 1502, the great visionary Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge to cross the Golden Horn in Istanbul. The sultan rejected it, but had it been completed it would have been the largest bridge in the world.

However, you can see something like what da Vinci’s design would have yielded in Nygård, Norway. Artist Vebjørn Sand transformed Leonardo’s vision into a walking bridge over the highway. Its sleek parabolic design and wood-steel frame evoke the elegance of the original design.

The Da Vinci Bridge: a genius’s vision come to life centuries after his death

21. Pynursla Living Root Bridge

These splendid structures are exactly what they sound like: bridges made from the living roots of trees. It sounds like something out of the elven kingdoms of Tolkein, but such bridges are common in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Some of these pedestrian spans even have multiple levels!

The largest is the one near Pynursla, which is 164 feet in length.

The Pynursla root bridge, the longest known structure of its kind

20. The Rolling Bridge

London has its share of famous bridges, but perhaps the most interesting is the Rolling Bridge, which was completed in 2004. It folds up into a metallic ball and then uncoils when someone needs to cross. Admittedly, it’s more of a curiosity than anything else. But its unique design qualifies it as one of the coolest bridges in the world.

The Rolling Bridge captured mid-roll

19. Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canada’s Capilano Suspension Bridge is the best way to explore the rainforests of North Vancouver. It’s located in the Treetops Adventures park, so you’ll have to pay an admission fee to walk across it. However, at 460 feet long and more than 200 feet above the river below, you definitely won’t leave feeling cheated.

Watch your step, though: more than one person has died falling off the bridge.

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge: high living in the canopy

18. Charles Bridge

Another old and venerable entrant on this list, Charles Bridge is one of the most identifiable symbols of Prague. This stone bridge has spanned the Vltava River since 1402. Apart from connecting two sides of the city, it also connects visitors to the past. The Baroque statues on the balustrade ornament Charles Bridge and make it an essential stroll for tourists looking to soak in the atmosphere of the Czech capital.

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The sun rises over the Charles Bridge

17. Aiguille du Midi Bridge

The Aiguille du Midi is a prominent mountain in the French Alps. After a twenty-minute cable car to the 12,000-foot summit, visitors can walk across a short bridge. Short it may be, but the drop is apocalyptic, and the view priceless. If you’re afraid of heights, this will definitely be your anti-fave on this list.

The peak of Aiguille du Midi, with suspension bridge at center-right

16. The Rakotzbrücke

The Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau in Gablenz, Germany is home to one of the world’s most interesting bridges. The Rakotzbrücke is also known as the “devil’s bridge” due to its unusual appearance. It’s nearly a perfect 180 degrees so that it creates the illusion of a circle when reflected in the water below.

The Rakotzbrücke is only one of several such bridges to be found in Germany. They really do look at though they’re straight out of a Medieval fairytale, though most were built no earlier than the nineteenth century.

The Rakotzbrücke is in the middle of a 200-acre park

15. Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge

The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge on the South Island of New Zealand is the only bridge on this list whose primary purpose is bungee jumping. The main appeal here is the 141-foot drop to the river below. The bridge is also conveniently located inside a nature preserve.

People preparing to bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge

14. Henderson Waves Bridge

Singapore’s Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge earns its name. It undulates and slithers up above the trees, connecting two parks over a roadway. It soars 118 feet over the trees and has a total length of 899 feet. Its unique design easily makes it one of the coolest bridges in the world.

Henderson Waves, one of Singapore’s greatest landmarks

13. The Moses Bridge

The Moses Bridge is a trench that allows crossers to walk through the water without getting wet. It is, in fact, a sort of anti-bridge. It’s part of the Dutch Fort de Roovere, an old defensive position fallen into disuse. The Moses Bridge was dug into the moat of the fort in order to allow access without building an unsightly modern bridge.

The Moses Bridge: it’s not the Red Sea, but still impressive

12. Storseisundet Bridge

One of eight bridges connecting a Norwegian archipelago to the mainland, Storseisundet is most notable as an optical illusion. It’s a cantilever bridge with a parabolic shape. The result is that, when you drive over the peak, it looks as though you’re driving off a cliff into the ocean. Don’t worry: you’re definitely not.

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11. Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawai Sky Bridge is one of Malaysia’s most appealing attractions. It’s a pedestrian bridge that snakes its way around the peak of the Gunung Mat Cincang mountain. It’s 400 feet long and more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Access to the bridge is via a cable car ride up the side of the mountain.

The Langkawi Sky Bridge provides its visitors with spectacular views

10. Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge

Brazil’s Juscelino Kubitschek is one of the most beautiful arch bridges in the world. It is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Brasilia, with its trademark asymmetrical steel arches. The bridge boasts three lanes of traffic each way, as well as pedestrian walkways. Its total length is 3,900 feet.

The spirals of the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge seen at dusk

9. Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge may be a bit of a tourist trap; after all, it is located inside an amusement park. Spanning 955 feet above the Arkansas River, it’s the highest bridge in the United States. Originally built in 1929, it was the highest bridge in the entire world until 2000. It no longer cracks the top ten, but the stunning view still makes it one of the coolest bridges ever.

The Royal Gorge Bridge is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places

8. Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

There are long bridges, and then there are loooong bridges. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is the latter. At 16.6 miles end-to-end, it’s sufficiently long that you may forget you’re even on a bridge before you reach the other side.

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The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge: a loooooooong boy

7. Hangzhou Bay Bridge

If Jiaozhou is an insanely long bridge, them I’m not quite sure how to describe Hangzhou. This bridge, which connects Ningbo and Shanghai, is 22 miles in length and cuts the drive time between the two cities in half.

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge: even longer

6. U Bein Bridge

The U Bein is a teakwood bridge in Myanmar that spans 0.75 miles. It crosses a shallow lake that ebbs and flows at various points during the year; in drier seasons, the bridge looks more like a wall in the middle of a mud plain. The structure was originally erected in 1850, but it still remains popular and important for local people. Seeing hundreds of people cross at dawn is truly an inspiring sight.

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The U Bein Bridge: one of the most unique in the world

5. Ponte Vecchio

The Medieval Ponte Vecchio spans the river Arno in Florence. But why should the city end where the river begins? The bridge is lined with shops and overhanging houses. Artists, jewelers, and souvenir salesmen all ply their trade on the bridge, creating the illusion that you’ve stepped into a sixteenth-century market.

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The Ponte Vecchio seen from a distance

4. Helix Bridge

If you’ve ever been to Singapore, you’ll know that the city-state goes to great lengths to make public infrastructure beautiful. They have, for instance, the most inventive airport in the world.

It’s also home to some of the world’s coolest bridges — like the Helix. As the name suggests, it’s enmeshed in metallic spirals designed to mimic the shape of human DNA. It even has C, G, A and T letters that light up at night, signifying the four chemical bases of DNA.

3. Shaharah Bridge

As it’s located in Yemen, you’re unlikely to get a chance to see the Shaharah Bridge any time soon. But it is quite beautiful, even in its ruined state. Built in the 17th century in the village of the same name, the bridge is made of limestone and spans a narrow gorge.

The Shaharah Bridge

2. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa

Located in Nepal, the Hanging Bridge of Ghasa isn’t just one of the coolest bridges in the world; it’s also one of the most dangerous. This narrow hanging bridge is used to ferry both people and animals across a steep gorge. If you’re looking for a high-adrenaline experience, this is the bridge for you.

Looks stable enough, doesn’t it?

1. Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Kobe, Japan has the largest central span of any suspension bridge in the world. It covers 6,532 feet without support. The structure is very sound and secure; it can withstand winds up to 286 km/hour and an earthquake up to 8.5 on the Richter scale.

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the coolest bridges in the world. Happy travels!