30 Remarkable Bridges From Around the World

Lucerne – Chapel bridge and tower

What makes a bridge remarkable? Well in some cases, it is simply because it is famous, beautiful or unique. But in other cases it is due to the location, purpose, size or design. All of these bridges we have walked across, driven over (or under), or stopped and pondered over. Join us as we travel around the world, sharing some of the most interesting and impressive bridges we have seen.

1. Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Bridge is actually part of the stone path that heads west from Machu Picchu.  The spot was considered to have been of vital strategic importance for the defense of the city.

Trail to Inca Bridge

The Incas left a twenty-foot gap in the carved cliff edge.  The space was bridged by tree trunks over a 1,900 foot drop to the canyon below.  In times of danger, the Incas could remove the trunks to make this part of the trail impassable.

Inca Bridge in middle of the picture from above. This shows the cliff and drop far off below.
Inca Bridge

2. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

Needing no introduction, this mile-long suspension bridge is probably the most photographed in the world.

Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio
Golden Gate Bridge – picture taken from the Marin Headlands area

Often shrouded in fog, the twin towers reach 746 feet tall, and the bridge is 1.7 miles in length.   The cables that support the bridge are 36.5 inches in diameter and are made up of 27,572 wires the thickness of pencils.  Here is what a cross-section of the cable looks like:

Cross section of cable that holds up the Golden Gate Bridge

3. Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey

What makes this bridge so unique is that it actually connects two different continents, Europe and Asia. I took two separate pictures that show the end of the bridge and the contrast in architecture surrounding each one.

Along the shore of the Bosphorus – Europe side
Summer Palace at the base of the Bosphorus Bridge – Asian side

4. Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

The bridge connects the courthouse section of Doge Palace with the prison.  If convicted, prisoners walked across this bridge and could get their last fleeting view of the sea, canals and freedom before being confined in windowless cells.  Hence the name, as they gave a sigh seeing the outside world, often for the last time.

Bridge of sighs

5. Lock Bridges

This one is plural, because we saw several of them while traveling through Europe. The tradition is for you and your partner to write your names and/or a significant date on the lock, connect it to the fencing on the bridge, and then throw the key into the water. This is especially common for a new bride and groom to put their wedding date on the lock. It is supposed to prevent the marriage from being broken.

Lock bridge – Riva, Latvia
Love Locks – Paris, France
Lock Bridge, Paris, France with Notre Dame (before the fire)

6. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czeck Republic

I knew I wanted to walk across Charles Bridge.  A Gothic masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. It is a place for people to stroll, admire or purchase local pieces of art, jewelry or other handicraft item, listen to some music and soak in the view.

Walking on the Charles Bridge

Huge statues and religious icons are mounted along both sides of the bridge on the railing.

7. Forth Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Opened in 1890, the Forth Bridge is a Scottish icon that is recognized the world over as the most famous of cantilever designs. In July 2015, UNESCO inscribed the Forth Bridge as the sixth World Heritage site in Scotland. It is the world’s first major steel structure and has the record as the longest cantilever bridge.

Forth Rail Bridge at Queensferry – taken at Hawes Pier

8. Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge), Vermont

Do you know why a covered bridge is sometimes called a kissing bridge? According to a sign on the side of the bridge:

“Back in the horse and buggy days, a covered bridge was a place for young lovers to grab a quick hug or private kiss. Because of this, the Vermont covered bridges got nicknamed “kissing bridges”. A slow horse, a long bridge and a willing girl could even produce two kisses.”

Kissing Bridge

And here are a couple more covered bridges captured along the Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire:

9. Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands

This one is not so much a specific bridge, but to note the shear number of bridges. Called the Venice of the north, this is a city of canals, It is no wonder that there are bridges everywhere. In fact, there are over 1200 bridges in Amsterdam.

Bikes are parked all along the bridges and sides of the canals

10. Natural Bridge, Southern Oregon Coast, USA

Yes, I know that there are a lot of other natural bridges all over the world, but I happen to think this is one of the most beautiful. And yes, growing up in Oregon, I may be rather prejudiced.

Natural Bridges Viewpoint

11. Long Tri (Dragon Lake), Vietnam

There are two old stone bridges that connect the island on each side with impressive names of Nhat Tien and Nguyet Tien, but I have no idea which was which.

Nhat Tien or Nguyet Tien Bridge

12. Animal Crossing Bridge, Canada

In 2017, we drove part of the Trans Canada Highway between Banfff and Lake Louise. It offered up some truly spectacular natural scenery. We were taken in by the clear, fresh air, numerous sparkling blue lakes, and rugged mountains. We were impressed by how our neighbors to the north take such good care of their land. They even take extraordinary measures to protect their wildlife with massive arched bridges across the highway for the animals to cross from one side to the other.

Pretty cool bridge to protect the animals as they cross OVER the roadway

We were happy to later see similar bridges in the USA. This one was on the drive between Polson and Missoula, Montana

Bridge exclusively for animals to protect them in crossing over the highway

13. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is the home of America’s Highest Suspension Bridge and Zip Line!

Royal Gorge Bridge

There are several ways to get an adrenaline rush here if you are so inclined, from taking the Cloudscraper Zip line, Aerial Gondolas, Royal Rush Skycoaster, or walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge – all located 956 to 1200 feet above the Arkansas River.

Tim and I opted to take the gondola across the canyon and walk back across the flag lined bridge.

Walking across the bridge with high winds

14. Low Bridge, Moselle River, Germany

Taking a river cruise has become one of my favorite ways to travel. It is relaxing, convenient, and I love being spoiled while slowly motoring down the river between our stops at both quaint and historic small towns. One such afternoon, we were enjoying the sites, while soaking up a bit of warmth on the sundeck, as we cruised with Uniworld along the Moselle River.

From the sundeck, cruising down the Moselle!

At one point, the crew took down the shade canopies as we approached a very LOW BRIDGE that we needed to pass under. The crew made sure that everyone on deck remained seated – in fact many ducked!

15. Peace Bridge, Calgary, Canada

The Peace Bridge

According to Wikipedia, it has the “popular nickname “Finger Trap Bridge” due to its visual similarity to the finger trap puzzle”.

16. Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park, Canada

There are many natural bridges around the world, but this is another one that stood out for me.

Natural Bridge

17. Pont Saint-Bénézet, aka: Avignon Bridge, Avignon, France

“The bridge’s construction was inspired by Saint Bénézet, a local shepherd boy who (according to tradition) was commanded by angels to build a bridge across the river.

Pont Saint-Bénézet

Although he was ridiculed at first, he dramatically “proved” his divine inspiration by miraculously lifting a huge block of stone. He won support for his project from wealthy sponsors who formed themselves into a Bridge Brotherhood to fund its construction. After his death, he was interred on the bridge itself, in a small chapel standing on one of the bridge’s surviving piers on the Avignon side.

Chapel where Saint Bénézet is buried

“The bridge originally spanned the Rhône River between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the left bank. It was built between 1171 and 1185, with an original length of some 900 m (2950 ft), but it suffered frequent collapses during floods and had to be reconstructed several times. Over the centuries, it became increasingly perilous as arches collapsed and were replaced by rickety wooden sections.

The bridge was finally put out of use by a catastrophic flood in 1668, which swept away much of the structure. It was subsequently abandoned and no more attempts were made to repair it. Since then, its surviving arches have successively collapsed or been demolished, and only four of the initial 22 arches remain intact today.” ~ bonjourlafrance.com

18. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

The story here is more about the scenery than the swinging rope bridge that hangs 100 feet above the water.  The bridge connects the peninsula to the closest small island.

Northern Ireland

A brisk 15 minute walk mostly downhill from the parking lot brings you to the end of a jutting peninsula.  To reach the almost touching island, you wait in line until you are given the OK by monitoring park attendants.  They let traffic through in one direction for a minute or two and then stop the line and let those returning from the island proceed back. Only 8 people are supposed to be on the bridge at any one time, but frequently they allowed 14 or more.

19. Bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand

The movie that many of us are familiar with was actually filmed in Sri Lanka, not here in Thailand.  This is the actual bridge that the movie was about.

Bridge over the River Kwai

20. Entry Bridge, Angkor Thom, Cambodia (Part of Angkor Wat complex)

Dating from the late 12th century, this was the newest of the major temple sites and has several features that allow it to stand out from the rest, including bridges across a moat that you must cross to obtain entry. All adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs.

One of five main bridge entry points to Angkor Thom

On either side of the bridge over the moat are giant stone statues. One side representing good, the other side evil.

21. Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge is a covered wooden bridge that runs diagonally across the Reuss River and is the symbol of Lucerne.

Lucerne – Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge and watertower

“…the bridge is unique because it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge.” ~ Wikipedia

22. Ourica Valley, Morocco

The river was moving much faster than normal after the rain storms of the previous few days. Precarious wooden walkways bridge the gap from one side to the other. This valley is a favorite weekend get-a-way for the wealthy of Marrakesh.

Now this bridge looks like it would give OSHA a field day…

23. Dragon Bridge, Hue, Vietnam

Dragon Bridge is the symbol of Hue

24. Kompong Krei Bridge, Vietnam

The thousand-year old Kompong Krei Bridge (aka Spean Preah Toeus), dating from around 1181-1220, is still in use today.

Thousand year old Kompong Krei Bridge

25. Swinging Bridge, Kauai, Hawaii

Swinging Bridge

26. Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

The Chain Bridge spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest.

Coming through the tunnel and looking at the Chain Bridge

NOT MY PICTURES

The remaining bridges are all ones that we have visited, but prior to 2013. They are too important or famous to leave out. When we sold our home to travel, I put my earlier pictures into storage, and I do not have access to them here at the cabin, so I will find some royalty free on the internet to provide context.

27. Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become a world-famous symbol of London. Often mistakenly called London Bridge which is actually located 1/2 mile upstream.

Tower Bridge, London (Photo by Skitterphoto)

28. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

In 2002 we took a Princess Cruise to New Zealand and Australia that terminated in Sydney. I booked a bridge climb for Tim and I, not knowing at the time that he was afraid of heights. Well, thankfully, he was a good sport and actually enjoyed (perhaps too strong of a word) the experience. He survived it anyway 🙂

Sydney Harbour Bridge (photo by Ben Mack)

29. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, NY, USA

I have both good and not so good memories of the Brooklyn Bridge. Back in 1991, before Tim and I started our company, be took a two month road trip to circle the USA, knowing that we probably would not either have the time or money to travel for some years as we poured ourselves into building a business. After spending a couple of days in New York City we wanted to head north to New England for some fall foliage. Somehow we got confused and could not figure out which direction or lane to get in, and ended up crossing this same bridge THREE times before we finally got it right!

Brooklyn Bridge, NY (Photo by Quietbits)

30. Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

And I have saved my all-time favorite for last. I traveled to Italy for the first time in the early 1980’s before I met Tim. It was one of the “Tuesday it must be Belgium” type of tours, where you were in a different city and country almost every day. We covered a LOT of territory and if I remember correctly it was something like 13 countries in 14 days. I know, crazy! So needless to say, my time in Florence was limited and I have always yearned to return. The bridge is covered with shops and restaurants, making it truly unique.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence (Photo by Matt Hardy)

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that masks and other travel restrictions are being evaluated and in some cases, lifted for those who have been vaccinated. We are getting closer and closer to being able to once again pull out our passports and go see some more of this amazing planet.

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13 Responses to 30 Remarkable Bridges From Around the World

  1. Very interesting theme and what a great diversity !!!

    I am sure, you have a stunning photo archive 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing…

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  2. Pastor Cathy says:

    30 Remarkable Bridges From Around the World

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  3. Darlene says:

    A great collection of bridges here. Thanks for sharing them.

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  4. What a plethora of wonderful bridges, Joanne. I’ve seen a few of them. Have to say that the Incas wouldn’t have to worry about blocking the bridge for me. I don’t like heights and I could pass on that and the wooden “bridge” in Morocco!! 🙂 I’m also happy to say that this post loaded immediately despite all the photos so maybe the last time it was just a glitch in the cosmos rather than too many photos. 🙂

    janet

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    • Janet, I’m glad this one loaded OK for you. Yes, the Inca bridge would have been a “pass” for me. Thankfully, it was blocked so no one can cross it today. The bridge in Morocco, was a maybe, but I would really need some good reason/motivation to cross it. And it would be VERY slowly…

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  5. Kim Gorman says:

    Great post and good inspiration to travel. I’ve only been on four of them: Paris, Charles in Prague, Tower in London, and Brooklyn. The one is Peru looks terrifying!

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  6. This is awesome, I love bridges! I’ve been to a few of these, but would love to visit many more! Speaking of, you need to visit Mackinaw Bridge that connects the UP to the mainland of Michigan!

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