Hussaini Hanging Bridge Can Perplex Even the Most Daring Soul
Situated in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan, this treacherous rope bridge is ranked among the most dangerous bridges in the world. Hanging above the Borith Lake, this makeshift bridge has been washed away several times and had to be rebuilt over the years again and again. The unpredictable gaps between the wooden planks make it a massive spectacle among thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies. Do you have the nerves of steel required to make it to the other side of this precariously hanging bridge?
The Mekong River Crossing Knows No Mercy
This gapped arrangement across the tempestuous Mekong River could easily be a deathly experience. Take a closer look at the photograph. The women walking along these ropes should surely be praised for displaying such immense bravery. Here, an innocuous slip could potentially turn into an ugly death-trap – the gushing waters of the Mekong are unlikely to show mercy to trespassers.
Up next – The World’s Tallest Bridge
The Royal Gorge Bridge Can Pose an Imperial Challenge
Connecting two rocky mountain ridges over a deep gorge, Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge offers endless views of the spectacular and undulating landscape. Originally constructed in 1929, this antique suspension bridge covers 1260 feet over a rocky canyon and was initially made with no stabilizing wind cables. It wasn’t until 1982 that the bridge was renovated and secured with proper cabling. While it’s considerably a safer structure compared to its yesteryears, we’d still advise you to take caution while crossing over.
Millau Viaduct Bridge Is the Tallest in the World
Perched at an altitude of 1125 feet above the base, this cable-suspension bridge covering the Gorge Valley of Southern France is the tallest bridge in the world. It spans over 8000 feet in length. The Millau Viaduct was inaugurated in 2004, following three years of arduous engineering and construction. The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering recognized this overpassing masterpiece with the 2006 Outstanding Structure Award.
Up next- Catch a glimpse at Indonesia’s Mystery Bridge and the Dangling Bridge of Ghasa – Nepal.
Unfold the Mystery of Indonesia’s Mystery Bridge
Aptly named the ‘Mystery Bridge’, this age-old structure continues to challenge even the toughest dare-devils out there. The intricate art of rope-walking we admire at the circus is easily outshined by the talent required to get to the other side of the river flowing beneath the bridge. With its deteriorating condition, the Mystery Bridge is said to be leaning on its last leg of existence. This, however, doesn’t seem to bother lion-hearted school children, who cross the bridge as if it’s just another day at school.
Hanging Bridge of Ghasa – A Bridge or a Swing?
The Hanging Bridge of Ghasa in Nepal attaches two mountains situated on either side of a contentious river, gushing through a deep canyon. Its suspended footbridge is used by both humans and cattle and has been crossed for decades now. On a windy day, the bridge sways back and forth like a swing, terrifying passers-by who have never set foot on a frightening structure like this. Thankfully, the bridge is equipped with chest-high guardrails which protect pedestrians from falling over with the gusty winds.
Discover China’s Frightening Sidu River Bridge and Ireland’s Carrick-a-rede Rope
Ireland’s Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge – a Thrill-seeker’s Paradise
Northern Ireland’s Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge surely offers an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Thrill seekers across the globe visit this destination to satisfy their thirst for thrill, inching across a 65-foot long bridge, which dangles above a 100-foot rocky cliff. The bridge was originally constructed by fisherman who needed to access Carrick Island. Handrails on both sides are undoubtedly a relief for tourists who dare to cross it.
Gaze at Breathtaking Sceneries with China’s Sidu River Bridge
Stretching over the spectacular Sidu River valley in Badong County, this 4000-foot long extension is a viewer’s delight. Once the world’s highest bridge, this delicately constructed bridge offers safe crossing for both humans and wheeled vehicles. Looking over this bridge can be quite alarming, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Next on our list – Switzerland’s famed Trift Bridge Looking over Glaciers
Trift Bridge Overlooks Switzerland’s Dazzling Apps and Glaciers
Perched at an elevation of 328 feet above the sea level, Trift suspension bridge, located near the town of Gadmen, spans 558 feet and hovers over a collection of dazzling Swiss glaciers. The unique cable bridge, built in 2004, once swayed back and forth, providing an exhilarating experience for adventure seekers, however it was renovated in later years in order to prevent hazardous swinging.
Malaysia’s Langkawi Sky Bridge Is Way Better Than a Rollercoaster Ride
This curvy, 410-foot long sky bridge hangs over the mountains of Kedah in Malaysia and is famed for its unique design philosophy. Supported by a single angled pylon, this overpass is a frightening prospect even for the greatest daredevils. In 2012, the Malaysian bridge was deemed too dangerous for crossing and was eventually re-opened in 2015, following extensive renovation.
The sky-high Mount Titlis Bridge in the Swiss Alps and Siberia’s historic Vitim River Bridge are the next in line to blow you away.
Up and Near the Sky at Switzerland’s Mount Titlis Bridge
Located at an altitude of over 10,000 feet above the sea level, the Mount Titlis Bridge is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the Swiss Alps. A single glance at the pedestrian bridge would make you realize that it’s not suitable for the faint-hearted. It is among Europe’s highest elevated suspension bridges. With a length of 320 feet and just 3 feet width, walking along the bridge gives the same feeling as going through a tight ropeway. Even the bravest of thrill-seekers have found it a scary prospect to get to the other end of the bridge.
The Miraculous Vitim River Bridge That Stood the Test of Time
Situated in the tundra region of Siberia, it is no less than a miracle that the Vitim River Bridge remains usable even today. The metal construction has developed rusting, while the wooden planks used as the pathway are gradually getting rotten. Still, it is capable enough to support not only pedestrian movements but vehicles as well. The most frightening aspect of the bridge is the complete lack of any supporting railing on either side. If still a bit of courage remains with you, then be informed that the bridge teeters back and forth along with the river’s tide. If you are still interested in crossing the bridge, then we salute your passion for adventure!
Get introduced to the ‘Bridge of Death’ and the ‘Bridge on Immortals’ by visiting the next page!
Quepos Bridge of Costa Rica – The Bridge of Death
Costa Rica’s Quepos Bridge is known as the ‘Bridge of Death’ for a reason. Also referred to as ‘Oh My God’ bridge, this bridge was constructed back in 1930 to connect Jaco to Quepos along the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The bridge can barely accommodate one-way car traffic, yet many truck drivers frequently attempt to cross the narrow bridge and fall in the trap. See the attached photograph to have a better idea of threats the bridge poses.
China’s Bridge of Immortals Promises Great Adventure
Located in the Huangshan mountain ranges of Eastern China, just accessing the bridge can be a great adventure. The walkway that leads to the Bridge of Immortals is made of narrow wooden planks, stitched together by rusty nails. It leads to the cliffside by wrapping around the mountains in a serpentine manner. Rest assured, you would be greeted by amazing mountain landscapes that would remain engraved in your memory for a long time.
Up next, we will introduce you to Florida’s very own Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the U Bein Bridge of Burma.
Take the Skyway to Terra Ceia from Saint Petersburg
The massive Florida Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning over 4 miles in length connects Saint Petersburg with Terra Ceia. This massive structure which hovers over the waters of the Tampa Bay took around 5 years to be constructed. Commonly referred to as the ‘flag bridge’ of Florida, the structures rise to an imposing height of 430 feet. The bird’s eye view from the top of the bridge is simply spectacular!
History Beckons at the U Bein Bridge of Burma
Constructed way back in 1850, this kilometer long bridge over the Taungthaman Lake is made of hard teakwood. Lack of guard railing makes it extremely dangerous as you don’t have any support to hold on to. The bridge has also become notorious for criminal activities in the recent past. A police post has now been setup to guard the tourists from possible hazardous situations.
Norway’s Storseisundet Bridge and the stunning Root Bridge in India await to bemuse you in the next page.
Engineering Marvel in Norway’s Storseisundet Bridge
Connecting Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøya in Norway, the Storseisundet Bridge is an engineering marvel in its own rights. Constructed with the help of cantilevers, this massive structure spanning a distance of 850 feet is supported by horizontal cables at one end. The bridge stands at the height of 75 feet above the sea at its highest point. The region’s unpredictable weather and frequent hurricanes hampered the construction to a great extent, but finally, the bridge was ready to use after 6 years of hard work.
A Bridge Constructed with Natural Tree Roots – India’s Secret Treasure
The Root Bridge of Meghalaya in India is entirely a natural construction. The secondary roots of Ficus elastica trees, which are found in abundance in Khasi and Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, are bound together to create pathways over small mountain streams in core forest areas. The tribal community has taken the natural phenomenon to the next level by manipulating the growth of the roots to create spectacular bridges. The place has turned out to be a massively popular tourist spot in the past couple of decades.
The spectacular Seven Mile Bridge of Florida and Costa Rica’s Montenegro Rainforest Bridge are next in line. So don’t go anywhere.
Treat Your Eyes with the Seven Mile Spectacle of Florida
As the name probably suggests, this spectacular bridge, which connects Knight’s Key in Marathon to the Lower Keys, stretches for long seven miles. At first glance, it may not look too intimidating, but when you consider the strong winds blowing across the bridge, it does pose a great risk. Hurricane is a yearly phenomenon in Florida, which takes its toll on the bridge on a frequent basis.
Montenegro Rain forest Bridge Is a Trekker’s Dreamland
Do you have faint memories of climbing trees as a child? If it was a favorite pastime of yours, then you are surely going to love the experience of trekking through Montenegro Rainforest Bridge of Costa Rica. It consists of not one, but a network of six footbridges that wind through the tree-tops of the rainforest. Covering a total distance of 984 feet, the bridge offers visitors great views of the forest’s flora and fauna. Just a piece of advice to keep you prepared – watch out for the snakes that often jump on the walkway from the adjacent trees.
Up next is the turn of Taman Negara Canopy Walkway in Malaysia alongside Peru’s famous Keshwa Chaca Bridge.
World’s Longest Suspension Footbridge
Regarded as the world’s longest suspension footbridge, the Taman Negara Canopy Walkway has the right elements to take your breath away. Spanning over 1700 feet in length, this walkway takes you through dense forests at the height of 130 feet from the ground level. The width of the bridge is merely 1 foot, which makes it really dangerous if someone comes from the opposite direction. Also, the bridge keeps on rolling as soon as you step onto the pathway. Thankfully, guardrails made of ropes are there on either side to give you the much-needed support.
Bridge Made of Woven Grass? Keshwa Chaca Bridge is a Sight to Behold
While a bridge constructed with woven grass may not seem inspiring, but the fact is that the Keshwa Chaca Bridge in Peru has served people for more than 500 years without any major hiccup. It’s a masterpiece by the Incas community of Peru, who used grass braiding to perfection to build large supporting cables to withstand the test of time. It’s one of a kind in the entire world and probably the last surviving example from the era of Incan society.
Turn the page to get glimpses of Louisiana’s Pontchartrain Causeway and the Kakum Canopy Walkway from Ghana.
Pontchartrain Causeway is a Treat to the Eyes
One of the longest bridges in the world measuring over 24 miles, the Pontchartrain Causeway has been constructed over an aqua blue lagoon in Southern Louisiana. You will run out of adjectives to describe the beauty of the place. But the fear factor kicks in as soon as you arrive at the middle of the causeway with no sight of land as far as your eyes go. In case your spirits are still high, just make sure to fuel your vehicle enough so that you do not get stranded in the middle of your destination.
Visit Kakum Canopy Walkway for an Adrenaline Pumping Experience
This walkway was constructed to offer the visitors an unrestricted view of the forest in Central Ghana’s Kakum National Park from an altitude of around 160 feet. The extensive network of hanging bridges made of ropes attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Although there is safety netting on either side, crossing the bridge can still be a terrifying experience.
Next on our list of dangerous bridges are France’s Aiguille Du Midi Bridge and the all-bamboo made Monkey Bridge of Vietnam.
A Fascinating Experience Awaits You at Aiguille Du Midi Bridge
Situated between two rocky cliffs at an intimidating altitude of 12605 feet on the snow-clad French Alps, the Aiguille Du Midi Bridge makes for a nerve-wrecking journey. The tourists need to take a 20-minutes cable car ride to reach the foot of this precariously placed landmark. Rest assured, your heart rate would get hyperactive, and your adrenaline secretion would know no bounds once you are on top of this amazing man-made structure.
Dare to Step on Vietnam’s Bamboo made Monkey Bridge?
Bamboo made bridges can be found in abundance in Vietnam, especially around the areas of Mekong Delta and the Red River Delta. Often they have no railing and no support – just a couple of bamboo plants hanging dangerously on top of water bodies! While the locals are adequately trained to cross the bridges even with huge weights on their shoulders, the tourists can feel a shiver down the spine while attempting to cross these primitive structures.
Up next, we have two suspension bridges lined up – China’s Longjiang Suspension Bridge and the Capilano Suspension Bridge of Canada.
You Need Nerves of Steel to Cross the Longjiang Suspension Bridge
Constructed in 2016 over the Long River valley to make the journey between Baoshan and Tengchong shorter by close to 9 miles, the Longjiang Suspension Bridge is no less than an engineering marvel. It spans across 3900 feet in length and stands tall at 920 feet above the Long Riverbed. Rest assured, the undulating landscapes would blow you away by the sheer natural beauty.
Immerse Yourself in the Historic Glory of Canada’s Capilano Suspension Bridge
Initially constructed in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish engineer, this 460 feet long suspension bridge hovers 230 feet above waters. It attracts around 80,000 people every year. Renovated and expanded in the mid-1950s, the area surrounding the bridge is known to offer excellent greenery.
Japan’s Iya Kazurabashi Bridge and Washington’s Deception Pass Bridge are next in line to entertain your adventure spirits.
Japan’s Iya Kazurabashi Bridge – A 12th Century Wonder
Constructed over the Iya-gawa River in Tokushima, the Iya Kazurabashi Bridge had its roots in the 12th century. This rickety structure is made of wooden planks weaved together with mountain vines. The planks are placed at uneven gaps, making it a challenge for the visitors. So watch your steps, a slight slip-up can lead to a grave consequence.
Deception Pass Bridge – Where History and Engineering Go Hand in Hand
Deception Pass Bridge is actually a pair of two-lane bridges connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island in the state of Washington. Constructed over the Oak Harbor in the year 1935, the bridge stretches across 1500 feet in length. Alongside being an excellent testimony to engineering developments, the structure is also regarded as a place of historical importance in the National Register of Historic Places.
Let’s now get introduced to Ukraine’s Ai Petri Bridge and Japan’s Eshima Ohashi Bridge – which is aptly known as the ‘Rollercoaster Bridge’.
Ai Petri Bridge Can Be a Recipe for Disaster for Careless Souls
A hanging footbridge that crosses over a 2400 feet deep canyon is likely to provide a frightening experience. Now add strong wind movements and dense fog that covers the area on a regular basis. You will get a decent picture of how dangerous it can get. So don’t miss out on Ukraine’s Ai Petri Bridge if you are planning an adventure-filled vacation.
The ‘Rollercoaster’ Eshima Ohashi Bridge Can Provide Unique Thrills
As a rollercoaster slowly approaches the drop-off point, you must have encountered the stomach-churning sensation of falling over the edge. The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, with its sharp 61-degree gradient, can replicate the exact feeling when you drive over. Built over Lake Nakaumi, the bridge covers a length of around one mile.
Before concluding the article, we have Western New Guinea’s Baliem River Bridge lined up next to numb your senses.
Don’t Know Swimming? Stay Away from Baliem River Bridge
Located at Baliem river valley of Western New Guinea, this makeshift wood and bamboo made structure can douse off your adventure spirits in the very first sight. If you are not an expert swimmer, we strongly advise you against making any crossing attempt. A simple slip and the rough waters of Baliem River with rapids and whirlpools can wash away human bodies in a matter of seconds. So step out at your own peril if you are trusting the strength of the primitive building materials!