Bridges of the World
One of the most functional aspects of travel, as well as potentially the most impressive icons in many parts of the world are bridges. Some of the most impressive bridges in the world hold capture our imagination and inspire us.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – is a footbridge and one of Vancouver’s top attractions. Stretching for 450 feet as it towers an amazing 230 feet above the Capilano River, this bridge provides breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. This is the world’s best “catwalk.”
The Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, paired with the four lane Provencher Bridge, provide the visitor a spectacular view of the major attractions in Winnipeg. Looking at the intricacy and beauty of the bridge, it really is no wonder why Canada has so many visitors flocking to come see it. Next time you consider taking a trip, don’t pass up the chance of visiting this lovely bridge. Wouldn’t it be nice to book a relaxing hotel, wander the streets of Manitoba and see why so many love the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge?
One of the most iconic sites in all of North America, the Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait connecting San Francisco, California to Marin County and northern California.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana is one of the more impressive bridges in the United States. Crossing the diameter of the great Lake Pontchartrain, the causeway bridge is a spectacular site. 24 miles long, this trip is not one to miss!
Stretching between Manhattan and New York, New York, the Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge that allows pedestrian, motor, and light metro traffic. Providing a splendid view of the city, travelling the Brooklyn Bridge is an event all its own.
Crossing the Atlantic to the European continent, there are many hidden treasures to be found. Beginning with the Tower Bridge in London, UK , this is probably the most recognizable bridge in all the world. Tower Bridge crosses the Thames river and provides access to the famous Tower of London. Mistakenly called the London Bridge by some (the London Bridge resides at Lake Havasu), you can’t take a trip to London without making the trip across Tower Bridge.
Soaring high above the Tarn River Valley in the Massif Central Mountains, the Millau Bridge in France is the highest in the world, towering 984 feet in the sky. The best way to see this attraction is by car or bus. You will want to have your camera ready for this one!
Time to shop! The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, Italy. Crossing the Arno River, this charming bridge plays host to many craftsmen and delightful shops. Definitely a must see!
Ah, Venice! No trip to Italy is complete without visiting this floating city. And no trip to the city is complete without a gondola ride carrying visitors under the Rialto Bridge. Spanning the Grand Canal, this bridge provides access to many shops and eateries in the center of this charming city.
Built in 1332, the Chapel Bridge connects Lucerne, Switzerland’s Old Town and New Town. Spanning the river Reuss, the world oldest wooden footbridge is a site to behold.
The Alamillo Bridge at Seville, Spain- An architectural wonder in its own rite, the Alamillo Bridge is thought to be a modern wonder of the world. Crossing the Guadalquivir River, this amazing structure connects Seville’s old quarter with La Cartuja Island.
Spain also has its share of historic bridges. The Puente Nuevo (or “New Bridge”) was completed in 1793.
The Trogbruecke Bridge is found in Magdeburg, Germany. This “Trough Bridge” is quite unique. You won’t find any cars on this bridge. Crossing on foot or via boat are the only ways to go here.
If you are passing thorough Rotterdam, you won’t be able to miss this architectural wonder. Nicknamed “The Swan,” the Erasmus Bridge is a unique addition to the city’s landscape.
With its Ottoman influence, the city of Mostar and the Stari Most Bridge transport the traveler to a time gone by. This city is a perfect example of a multicultural settlement dating back to the 15th century.
Technically part of Europe and yet technically part of Asia, the Galata Bridge stretches across the Golden Horn connecting Old Istanbul and Sultanahmet to the Asian city of Karakoy (Galata). A double-decker bridge, cars and pedestrians can travel the upper level while visitors and locals alike can visit the fish markets and other shops on the lower level.
Moving on to the Middle East and Asia we are brought a different set of wonders.
Built in the 17th century by Shah Abbas II, the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran also doubles as a dam. Built with two Prince Parlors that were originally for the shah’s private use, this bridge is a beautiful example of architecture at the height of the Islam era dynasty in Iran.
The longest bridge in China, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge spans 120km with an estimated driving time of 2-4 hours. Linking Shanghai to Ningbo in the Zhejiang Province, this wonder of the world has changed the way the Chinese travel in this part of the world.
Located along the Hangang River in Seoul, the Banpo Bridge in South Korea adds wonder to the area. Built to revive the river area for locals and tourists, this fountain bridge pours 190 tons of water to the waiting river below as traffic and pedestrians cross from shore to shore. At night, the fountain is transformed into a rainbow using over 300 lights to create the special effect. A special effects show occurs at various times throughout the day and lasts for approximately 20 minutes. This is definitely one worth seeing!
Crossing the Linxi River, the Wind and Rain Bridge brings together culture and architecture in a phenomenal way. Five towers, resembling the flapping wings of birds, reach to the sky creating this remarkable site.
Currently the world’s longest sea bridge, the Quingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge stretches for 26 miles connecting the port city of Quingdao to Huangdao Island.
Built in an area of Japan where the mountains are so steep, traditional switchbacks won’t do, innovation kicked in to create Kawazu Loop Bridge. Brings new meaning to hair-pin turns!
As we complete our trip around the globe, we turn now to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
If you are travelling through Indonesia by train, you may come across the Cikurutug Bridge. Elevated tracks provide awe-inspiring views of the valley below and area mountains making a trip on the Argo Gede train well worth the trip.
If you are spending your holidays in Malaysia, you must see this bridge located on the largest island of the country, the Langkawi Sky Bridge guides pedestrians on a breathtaking scenic tour of the Andaman Sea and Thailand’s Tarutao Island. Accessible by cable car, the bridge brings adventure seekers to the Gunung Mat Chinchang Peak.
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is the world’s tallest steel cable bridge. Known to locals as the “Coathanger,” this bridge towers 124 meters above the Sydney Harbor. Adventure seekers can schedule a bridge climb and take a guided tour to the summit of the bridge.