Crossing the World’s Most Dangerous Bridges: Are You Brave Enough?
Throughout history, bridges have been considered one of the most remarkable feats of engineering. They have allowed people to travel from one place to another without having to take lengthy detours or brave treacherous waters. While many of the ancient bridges have been renovated, it’s fascinating to note that some of these structures still stand strong and attract tourists worldwide. On the other hand, some of the more contemporary bridges are constructed at dizzying heights, which can be an unnerving experience for those who are easily intimidated.
Do you have the courage to traverse these breathtaking and spine-chilling bridges?
Canopy Walk (Ghana)
Exploring the rainforest is an exhilarating experience, and the excitement is amplified by a 130-foot-high bridge that winds through the treetops. Walking across the bridge provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, and if you’re fortunate, you might catch a glimpse of snakes, birds, and monkeys. Canadians built the bridge to draw tourists to the park, and the walk comprises seven bridges constructed from ropes and wooden planks. Though traversing the bridges can be a bit unnerving, they are all equipped with safety netting, making them much safer than they appear.
Moses Bridge (Netherlands)
The bridge located in the Netherlands is aptly named after the biblical figure who parted the Red Sea. This is due to the fact that the bridge itself divides the water and enables visitors to cross. Situated in the center of a moat, the bridge grants access to the 17th-century Fort de Roovere, a fortress constructed to thwart French and Spanish invasions.
Root Bridges (India)
The builder of this bridge did an exceptional job of incorporating it into the surrounding forest, but the truth is that it wasn’t built at all. Instead, the bridge was grown from natural materials found in the forest. The twisted roots of the Ficus elastica tree were manipulated to create a bridge that is a wonder of nature. The War-Khasis and War-Jaintias tribes developed the technique of directing the roots to grow in the desired direction, resulting in the creation of these stunning crossings.
Royal Gorge Bridge (Colorado)
The mere sight of this bridge is enough to make anyone feel dizzy. The Royal George Bridge, situated 955 ft. above the Arkansas River, is the tallest suspension bridge in the United States. It was once the tallest bridge in the world, holding the title from 1929 to 2001. Today, the bridge serves as a popular tourist destination and is situated in the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, a 360-acre amusement park. Adventurous visitors can take a cable car ride to enjoy the breathtaking Colorado scenery.
Slaters’ Bridge (England)
Found in the Lake District, England’s largest and most famous national park, this bridge attracts over 15 million visitors annually, who come to explore the vast lakes, forests, and mountains that make this destination so alluring. The Slater Bridge, a two-part handmade structure, is made up of a lengthy slate slab that spans the River Brathay from Little Langdale Tarn to Elterwater. This bridge was accorded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.
Crown Prince Maximilian II gifted the Marienbruecke Bridge to his friend Marie as a birthday present. They enjoyed climbing mountains together, and the bridge offered them both a stunning perspective of the castle and the gorge beneath. Although the bridge has undergone recent restoration, its original railings are still in use. Despite its height, the bridge is relatively short, and we believe we could handle it in order to savor the castle’s view.
U Bein Bridge (Myanmar)
Although it may appear to be under renovation, the U Bein Bridge spanning the Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar, maintains its distinctive appearance throughout the year. Built-in 1850, it is considered to be the world’s oldest teakwood bridge, extending 1.2 km in length. It has now become a favored tourist spot, offering splendid photo opportunities at sunset. In addition, local vendors line the bridge, selling souvenirs, and visitors can traverse the entire span on foot.
Trift Bridge (Switzerland)
This bridge is breathtaking, but unfortunately, we won’t be crossing it. Suspended 558 feet above Switzerland’s glaciers and 328 feet above sea level, this bridge can be reached from the town of Gadmen in the Swiss Alps. Although it has been in existence since 2004, it has encountered challenges due to Switzerland’s windy conditions. In 2009, stabilizing cables were added to enhance their safety. Nevertheless, we have immense admiration for anyone brave enough to venture across it.
Storseisundet Bridge (Norway)
The Storseisundet Bridge is renowned for a good reason, offering spectacular views from its peak, and is considered one of the country’s most frequented tourist routes. While the mountain vistas are stunning, the journey may be a tad unnerving. Referred to as “The road to nowhere,” the bridge appears to extend into the horizon. If you relish the excitement of a roller coaster, crossing this bridge may be an exhilarating experience. Please do share your experience with us!
The Bridge of Immortals (China)
The Bridge of Immortals links the Huangshan mountain ranges in the southern Anhui province of Eastern China. Crossing the bridge can be a nerve-wracking experience due to its vertigo-inducing height, but the stunning views and exceptional photo opportunities make it worth the effort. Additionally, there is another bridge composed of only a few planks situated on the side of the mountain, with a dramatic drop below. So if you’re a daring adventurer intending to cross it, we have one piece of advice for you: Don’t look down!