Bridges were built as a means to overcome obstacles, but they are real works of architecture that fit harmoniously into nature. We have collected photos of the most beautiful and original bridges.
Recently, suspension bridges have begun to be used frequently for excursion purposes, whole trails are being built in the middle of the forest from bridges mixed with extreme entertainment such as zipline (trolleys) and are called Canopy Tours trails.
Moon Bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
Moon bridges are strongly curved pedestrian bridges resembling a crescent moon, very common in Asia, typical of gardens in Taiwan, China and Japan. Very functional, because they practically do not take up space, and they also allow small vessels to pass by.
Rainbow Pedestrian Bridge in Mahong, Taiwan
There was once an inconspicuous bridge in Mangong, but the local authorities decided to beautify the sad landscape and at the same time attract tourists and hired designers to come up with something original and beautiful. Most likely, due to the shape of the bridge, the decision was made to turn it into a rainbow, it turned out quite original, and the rainbow bridge is the main attraction of Magonge.
Moses Bridge, Netherlands
The Moses Bridge is located in the town of Halsteren – it is a real work of art, which received the title of “Best Building of 2011” in the Netherlands immediately after its opening in 2011. The length of the bridge is 50 meters, architects: Ro Koster (Ro Koster) and Ad Kil (Ad Kil) Material Wood Accoya®, Red Angelim (Dinizia excelsa). The cost of building the bridge is €250,000.
Charles Bridge, Prague
Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlov most) is one of the medieval bridges of Prague, across the Vltava River, which allows you to get from Mala Krania to Stari Mešto (the main city with the historic center). The length of the bridge is 520 meters, the width is 9.5 meters. The bridge consists of 16 arches, which are lined with hewn sandstone blocks. Initially, the bridge was called Prague, but in 1870 it was renamed to Charles Bridge, in honor of its creator, Charles IV. The bridge is interesting for tourists due to thirty sculptures that decorate it along its entire length.
Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam
The Dragon Bridge was built to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang. The bridge attracts tourists with a giant figure of a dragon, from the head of which a flame of fire is thrown out on special occasions, and on ordinary days, instead of a flame, water pours, the illumination of the bridge consists of 15,000 LED lamps. The bridge was built by American architects, the construction lasted 4 years and cost 85 million dollars.
Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, England
Infinity Bridge is a footbridge over the River Tees in the town of Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England. The bridge is named after the symbol of infinity formed by the curved arch of the bridge and its reflection in the water. The length of the bridge is 240 meters, the cost of construction is 15 million pounds.
Old bridge in the city of Mostar, Bosnia
The Old Bridge (Bosnian: Stari most) is a pedestrian bridge over the Neretva River in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a modern copy of the ancient bridge, completely destroyed by Croatian militants in 1993. Architectural symbol of Mostar. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bridge was built in 1557-1566 during the reign of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent by the architect Mimar Hayreddin. The structure consisted of 456 limestone blocks. The vaulted span of the bridge was 30 meters long and 4 meters wide. In the 17th century, fortress towers were built on both sides of the bridge: Tara on the left and Halebiya on the right banks.
Cangas de Onis Roman Bridge, Spain
The Roman Bridge connects the two banks of the Sella River, the most interesting thing is that the bridge was built in the Middle Ages under King Alfonso XI the Just in XIV and has nothing to do with the Roman Empire, the span of the bridge is decorated with the Asturian Cross of Victory.
Moon Bridge, San Francisco, USA
The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is part of the city’s Golden Gate Park, originally created as part of the California International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1894, and is the oldest Japanese-style garden in the area of the United States. In this park there is a classic moon bridge.
Ruins of an ancient bridge in the south of France
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
“Langkawi Sky Bridge” (Langkawi Sky Bridge) – was built on the island of Langkawi so that people could enjoy the surrounding beauty of nature to the fullest. The bridge is built over a gorge and connects two peaks of Mount Ganung. The shape of the bridge is curved for greater coverage of the scenery and opportunities to look at the island from different angles. The bridge is supported by 8 cables attached to one support. It is 125 meters long, 1.8 meters wide, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. To get to the bridge you will have to ride two cable cars 2.2 kilometers long.
Bridge over the river
Just a beautiful bridge across the river, the place, unfortunately, could not be established.
San Juan de Gastelugace, Spain
Gastelugache (full name San Juan de Gastelugache) is a small island located in the north of Spain, in the Bay of Biscay. This island is famous for its bridge – the stairs of which consist of 237 steps leading to a small hermit’s hut at the very top. A narrow stone bridge was built specifically to connect the mainland with the island.
And Game of Thrones was filmed here.
Balloon Bridge, Great Britain
The long rope bridge is made of cedar wood, it is lifted above the water by three balloons filled with helium, and the ends of the bridge go directly into the water. The author’s idea is an attempt to revive dreams in the flow of everyday life – Olivier Grossetet.
Banpo Rainbow Fountain Bridge, South Korea.
Banpo Bridge and Moon Rainbow Fountain is one of the main attractions of Seoul. The bridge entered the Guinness book as “the longest fountain on a bridge”. The bridge is located over the Han River in the center of Seoul (South Korea). The famous fountain is located on both sides of the bridge with a length of 570 meters, the full length of the fountain is 1140 meters. The bridge is equipped with 10,000 LED flashlights that illuminate 190 tons of water that fall in one minute!
Devil’s Town, Bulgaria
The Devil’s Bridge (or Dyavolski, or Sheytan Kyupriya in Turkish) is an example of medieval architecture. The bridge is located in a valley near the city of Ardino, the bridge is built over the Arda River. The Devil’s Bridge was built between 1515 and 1518 by the Ottomans. It is located 420 meters above sea level and is surrounded on both sides by steep rocky slopes. It is 56 meters (183.7 ft) long and 3.5 meters (11.5 ft) wide. The Devil’s Bridge is equipped with 12-centimeter stone parapets along the edges (4.7 inches) and breakwaters placed against the flow of the Arda River. This ingenious structure for its time consists of three regular main arches and small additional arches in its side vaults, intended mainly for drainage and water level control. The height of the middle central arch is 11.5 meters (37.7 ft). On February 24, 1984, the bridge was declared a national monument of culture.
Ecoduct is a bridge for animals to cross over highways. True, it is not a suspension bridge, but it deserves attention.
Alishan Bridge, Taiwan
The bridge is located in the forest on the tourist trail of the Alishansky National Nature Park
Bridge made of tree roots, India
Bridge in Shahar, Yemen
Shahar is a village located on top of a mountain, next to the majestic peaks of Jebel Shahar. When the village was a fortress of imams. The Shahar Bridge connects the two peaks of the mountain, thereby providing a relatively easy way for people to move between villages in the area. The Shahar Bridge in Yemen was built in the 17th century, its original purpose was to serve as an aid in the fight against the Turkish invaders. Many say that the local population can literally destroy a bridge within minutes in case of imminent danger.
Cloudy Natural Bridge, Mount Rainier, USA
Constantine Bridge, Algeria
High Trestle Trail, Iowa, USA
The High Trestle Trail is a rail trail that runs from Ankeny to Woodward in central Iowa. The recreation trail was opened on April 30, 2011. It is a paved recreational road that runs through Polk, Story, Boone and Dallas counties. The trail takes its name from the former 1913 bridge that spanned the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward.
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada
Capilano Suspension Bridge – located at a height of 70 meters above the river of the same name and 137 meters long, it was stretched in 1889 for sawmill workers. But in the middle of the 20th century, a complete reconstruction of the bridge was carried out, and Capilano became a tourist attraction. The bridge cables can withstand the weight of 90 tons.
Fairy Bridge, Scotland
Puente Nuevo Bridge, Spain
Puente Nuevo (Spanish: Puente Nuevo – “New Bridge”) is a 98-meter-high 18th-century bridge over the Guadalevin River in the city of Ronde. The three-arched stone bridge is one of three spanned over the 120-meter-deep Tajo de Ronda Gorge. The bridge was designed by the Spanish architect José Martín de Alduela, who also designed the bullring in Ronda. Construction lasted from 1759 to 1793.
Bridge of the World in Tbilisi, Georgia
Bridge of Peace – (lit. bridge of peace) is a pedestrian bridge over the Kura River in Tbilisi, Georgia. The bridge consists of a 156-meter steel frame covered with glass. The entire structure rests on 4 powerful supports. The bridge was built on the initiative of the President of Georgia, Mykhailo Saakashvili. The client was the City Hall of Tbilisi. The bridge was officially opened on May 6, 2010. The architect of the bridge is the Italian Michele De Lucchi, who previously built the Avlabar residence and the new building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Frenchman Philippe Martinaud became the lighting designer
Freedom Bridge, Budapest
Freedom Bridge (Hungarian: Szabadság híd) is a bridge over the Danube River in Budapest. The bridge is 333 m long and 20 m wide and connects Buda and Pest. “Bridge on Vamhaz Square” was built in 1894-1896 according to the project of Janos Feketehazi. Subsequently, it was called the Mytnytsia bridge, the building of which stood on the Pest embankment, then the bridge was renamed the bridge of Franz Joseph, who opened it. After the restoration, the city was named the Freedom City. The tops of the bridge’s four masts are decorated with statues of turuls, birds from Hungarian mythology. In 1945, the bridge was blown up by retreating German troops, but it was rebuilt by August of the following year.
Devil’s Bridge, Germany
The Devil’s Bridge, also known as the Rakotzbrücke Bridge, is located in Germany’s Kromlau Park. This overwater stone arch was built in 1860 and still amazes many with its devilish precision and picturesque surroundings. The bridge together with its reflection forms a clear circle, regardless of the point of observation.
According to legend, one unsuccessful architect made a deal with an evil spirit, who promised to help him create an unusual bridge, but in return demanded the soul of the first person to cross the newborn crossing to the other shore. The unclean person took up residence in a person and helped him to build what he wanted. When the bridge was completed, the evil spirit left the body and began to wait for its “payment”. A cunning architect let a dog across the bridge. Out of indignation, she threw herself into the water and no one saw her again.
Berlenga, Peniche, Portugal
Bridge in Kemer, Turkey
The bridge to the Gothic Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
Basteibrucke, Saxon Switzerland, Germany
Bastei has been known for more than 200 years for the unique Bastei bridge (German: Basteibrücke). It was originally built of wood in 1824. In 1851, it was replaced by a modern one made of sandstone. The bridge is a historical monument, an architectural monument protected by the state. It is 76.5 m long and covers a deep (40 m) gorge called Mardertelle with its 7 arches.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Mizarela Bridge, Jerez, Portugal
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Lotefossen waterfall, Norway
Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA
Ponte Gobbo, Italy
Bridge in De L’Areuse Gorge, Switzerland
The Aroz Gorge is a beautiful canyon located between the municipality of Noiraigue and the district of Boudry in western Switzerland. One of its main attractions is the stone arch bridge called “pont du saut du brot”, from which you can admire several waterfalls and small lakes located around the gorge.
Bridge in the mountains of Pindos, Greece
Hermitage Bridge, Scotland
Müllertal Falls, Luxembourg
The Müllertal region in the east of Luxembourg is also known as Little Switzerland.
Bridge in the Huangshan Mountains, Anhui Province, China
The Bridge of Immortals is rightfully considered a natural and world heritage. The second name of the bridge is “Fairytale Bridge”, compared to other bridges, it is quite young, it was built in 1987, the bridge connects 2 short tunnels dug right in the rocks, the height above sea level is 1320 meters.
Devil’s Bridge (German: Teufelsbrucke)
The name of three bridges over the Reiss River in Switzerland near the village of Andermatt, in the Alps, 12 km north of the Gotthard Pass. The wooden bridge in Andermatt existed from 1230 to 1707. The first stone bridge was thrown over the Reis Gorge in 1595. According to the legends that gave the name of the bridge, local residents could not build the bridge for a long time, because the stormy stream destroyed the construction, which was constantly being rebuilt. Then the devil entered into a conspiracy with the builders. He offered to help in the construction of the bridge, with the condition that he would take the soul of the first person to cross the bridge. The bridge was built, but local residents outwitted the devil by letting a goat cross the bridge. In memory of the legend, a devil and a goat were painted with red paint on the rock near the devil’s bridge. These images have survived to this day. The devil’s bridge was a narrow stone arch about 25 meters long, thrown over the gorge at a height of 22-23 meters above the raging stream.