The Amazing Bridge has long retained a strong mysticism. Throughout literature, they also symbolize the challenges that must be resolved or transition from one country to another. Perhaps that’s why many people are intrigued by them. And maybe only because this architectural masterpiece is so amazing, we can not help but wonder.
Those are the 10 most impressive bridges in the world, built among the most famous, historical, special and challenging structures in the world.
1) Brooklyn Bridge – New York, New York
One of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, the Brooklyn Bridge is a National Historic Landmark, and it is one of New York’s most popular attractions. It’s appeared on screen in movies ranging from ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Moonstruck’ and to and ‘Spiderman’ And ‘Ghostbusters’.
More than 120,00 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists cross over the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge every day, but when the bridge was completed in 1883, people were a little less sure about it. After a woman fell down a staircase on the bridge, the ensuing panic caused 12 people to be crushed to death. Later, a parade of 12 elephants was led across the bridge in a stunt designed to show people how safe it was.
2) Golden Bridge – Da Nang, Vietnam
Located in the Bà Nà Hills of central Vietnam, Cau Vang, or the Golden Bridge, is a 490-foot-long pedestrian bridge and scenic overlook. The Amazing bridges, which sits 3,200 feet above sea level, opened in June 2018.
Not only is the bridge impressively located high above the trees, but the walkway appears to be held up by two massive stone hands. The area around the bridge, formerly the site of an American army base, has been a tourist attraction for decades, replete with a cable car, gardens, replica French medieval village and wax museum.
3) Helix Bridge – Singapore
Shaped like a twisting strand of DNA, the Helix Bridge in Singapore opened in 2010 as the world’s first curved bridge. The pedestrian-only bridge is designed with an illuminated walkway wrapped in four inners spirals of glass and steel. Linking Marina Centre with Marina South, the bridge offers beautiful views of the Singapore skyline, Gardens by the Bay nature park and Marina Bay Sands mega-resort, particularly from its four viewing platforms.
4) Millau Viaduct Bridge – Millau, France
Rising 1,125 feet — taller than the Eiffel Tower — the Millau Viaduct is the world’s highest vehicular amazing bridges. Building it cost more than $600 million and took 17 years, but the wait was worth it.
The bridge opened in 2004 and has since become a regional tourist attraction, drawing crowds who come to canoe beneath it, hang glide above it or simply admire this architectural wonder from afar. It’s at its most spectacular when fog rolls into the valley, often appearing as though it’s floating above the clouds.
5) Széchenyi Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary
When it opened in 1849, this bridge crossing the Danube River connected the separate cities of “Buda” and “Pest,” now united as Hungary’s capital. During WWII, the bridge was completely destroyed; only the pillars were left standing. It was rebuilt in 1947 and today, with its stone lions on either side of the entrance, it is an enduring symbol of Budapest.
The bridge is particularly popular with locals and visitors at night, when it’s beautifully illuminated, and during the many summer festivals held on it.
6) Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California
Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and has been named one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 4,200-foot-long suspension span — which set records when it opened — runs across the Golden Gate Strait, and connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County.
More than 200,000 people crossed the amazing bridges on the day it opened; today, more than 112,000 cars and 27,000 pedestrians and bikers traverse it every day, often while shrouded in the city’s notorious fog.
7) Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney, Australia
Nicknamed “The Coathanger” for its arched design, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is as synonymous with Australia as kangaroos. It took 1,400 workers eight years to build this architectural beauty, which opened in 1932. It hold several records, including the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, the tallest steel arch bridge, and, until 2012, the world’s widest long-span bridge.
Today, it’s a major transport route for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and trains. Since 1998, adrenaline junkies have been able to climb the arches of the bridge (while safely harnessed in) on the BridgeClimb experience.
The Harbour Bridge is also a major part of the city’s New Year’s Eve; since 1997, various images and words have been illuminated on the bridge using rope lights.
8) Vasco da Gama Bridge – Lisbon, Portugal
Stretching 11 miles over the Tagus River and named for the legendary Portuguese explorer, the Vasco da Gama bridge was built in 1998 for the Lisbon World Exposition. The bridge is the longest in Europe; it’s so long, in fact, that engineers had to account for the curvature of the earth when building it.
This incredible feat of engineering only took 18 months for 3,300 workers to complete, though it came at a cost of about $1 billion. The bridge is so long that on cloudy days, it’s impossible to see from one end of it to the other.
9) Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy
Florence’s oldest bridge (and oldest in the narrow category of “stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge” in Europe), the Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge that dates back to 1345. It’s distinguished not only by history, but by the shops that line its span. Originally, these outposts were occupied by butchers, and then later, jewelers and art dealers; now they are filled mostly with trinket and souvenir stores.
During WWII, Hitler deemed the bridge important enough that he ordered his troops to leave it unscathed, but it was nearly destroyed by floods two decades later in 1966. Today, it’s one of Florence’s most recognizable landmarks and popular tourist attractions.
10) Tower Bridge – London, England
A Gothic-style bascule (similar to a drawbridge) and suspension bridge, the Tower Bridge was built from 1886 to 1894 across the city’s Thames River. It consists of two towers connected at the top by two horizontal walkways (one of which is glass), and a bascule that pivots to raise the road and allow ships to sail through.
The two towers, walkways and Victorian engine room can only be visited as part of the ticketed Tower Bridge Exhibition, but the rest of the bridge is accessible to cars and pedestrians crossing the river.