When you consider how much time and money goes into building bridges, pretty much every bridge that connects two pieces of land is amazing. With this being said, there are some spectacular bridges that have been designed and engineered over the years. When you consider how much work it takes to engineer a structurally sound bridge that is safe for thousands of vehicles to cross each day, you might agree that bridges are truly the finest pieces of architecture around. From ultra-modern to art deco in design, truly incredible bridges stand out from the rest. Here are 5 of the most incredible bridges from all around the world:
5. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
If you appreciate art deco design, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest will certainly be amazing in your book. Completed in 1849, this chain bridge is a symbol of advancement for the Hungarian capital and still amazing visitors with its grand design. Not only does the bridge connect Pest and the eastern part of the city, but it is also home to festivals in the summer.
A bridge does not have to be long or tall to be incredible. It is what makes the bridge unique and the story behind the bridge that is so important. Each of these bridges has incredible features and a history that cannot be denied. Browse through photos of these bridges and appreciate how much work it takes to build and design a bridge for people to use and marvel at.
4. The Coronado Bridge in San Diego, USA
It is only fitting that one of the most incredible bridges in the U.S. is in one of the most amazing cities in the U.S. Connecting infamous Coronado Island to Downtown San Diego, the Coronado Bridge has a distinctive curve that gives drivers a great view of the island, downtown San Diego, and the harbor.
The tallest vertical clearance, which is the sharpest part of the curve, is 200 feet and just high enough for the tallest navy ships to pass under it. If you want views of San Diego that you simply cannot get anywhere else, the Coronado Bridge is a must-visit popular attraction.
3. The Millau Viaduct in Southern France
The Millau Viaduct not only is the tallest bridge in the world, but it is also the 12th highest bridge in the world. One fact that may amaze you is that this 343-meter-high bridge is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower.
With seven different masts, the Millau Viaduct looks like a gigantic ship in the sky. Built-in a period of just 3 years, this bridge has become an attraction for many tourists in France to visit.
2. The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo
Who says that a bridge cannot be romantic? If you are looking for a beautiful bridge and landmark in one, the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo is a suspension bridge and a piece of art. After 6 years of construction, the bridge was completed in 1993 and covers almost 800 meters of space between Tokyo Bay and the Odaiba waterfront.
No other bridge harmonizes with the backdrop of the skyline quite like this one. What makes this bridge unique? Its solar lights generate power during the day and will illuminate red, white, or green nightly so that the bridge is Tokyo’s light show.
1. The Helix Bridge in Singapore
If you want to see an architectural marvel in person, you will need to take a trip to Singapore to see the Helix Bridge. This ultra-modern masterpiece connects Marina Bay to Marina Centre and has become a landmark of its own accord.
As the world’s first curved bridged, the Helix Bridge stays true to its name and still acts as a 280-meter pedestrian path with a double-helix structure. Not only is this bridge amazing to look at, but it also has five different viewpoints that will give you a panoramic view of the skyline and the bay.
- Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (USA)
- Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney (Australia)
- Hangzhou Bay Bridge in Zhejiang (China)
What are the most incredible bridges in the world in your opinion? Share your favorites in the comments!
Millau Viaduct – FTW