We know that when travelling, we mostly think about all of the great things that we will see, and we mostly think of nature. The fact that we’re going to somewhere that we don’t see every day, and the fact that we’re going to take in a lot of other culture, but there is lots of things that we really miss out on, mainly, because these are built in one place, and all we need to do is go there, but not all are able to have the luxury of doing that. So, we’re here to present you with the most beautiful bridges built, and it’s probably a masterpiece in itself.
#1: Charles Bridge, Prague
Built in 1357 as part of Emperor Charles IV’s vision for a majestic Prague, Charles Bridge connects Old Town and New Town, spanning the width of the Vltava River. Statues of saints, street artists, and panoramic views of the city draw millions of tourists here every year. It definitely turned into a majestic structure and the fact that it survived for centuries added to its charm.
#2: Banpo Bridge, Seoul
Seoul’s Banpo Bridge features an ornamental rainbow fountain that shoots sprays of water through almost 10,000 LED-lit nozzles that line its span. One might say that this is probably made better with all those LED lights and the sprinklers, and has no other aesthetic features other than that, but seriously, modern can be pretty too.
#3: Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain
Finally completed in 1751, the Puente Nuevo took 42 years to build and claimed the lives of 50 workers in the process of its construction. It sounds scary if you think about it, but who would want to see something that is standing for a very long time?
#4: Runyang Bridge, Jiangsu, China
The Runyang Bridge crosses the River Yangtze in China’s Jiangsu Province. It connects two parts of the expressway that links the behemoth cities of Beijing and Shanghai. China is onto something, it seems.
#5: Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran
Iran’s Khaju Bridge serves as a bridge, dam, and meeting place. Its stone arches provide a popular shady resting spot for the residents of Isfahan. Not to mention with the heat that the country gets, who wouldn’t want to build a gigantic bridge that people will surely use in a lot of different ways. (i.e. as shades).
#6: Vasco da Gama, near Lisbon
This Portuguese bridge was opened to traffic in 1998, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the explorer da Gama’s discovery of the sea route from Europe to India.
#7: Chengyang Bridge, China
Translated as the “Wind and Rain Bridge,” this structure’s five pavilions are popular meeting places for the residents of Chengyang. One might say that this might actually be a messenger of some sort for the residents, since it’s a meeting place…
#8: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
The first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. More than 120,000 cars (and, encouragingly, 3,100 bikes) cross the bridge every day.
#9: Fehmarn Sound Bridge, Germany
The Fehmarn Sound Bridge connects the island of Fehmarn to the German mainland, spanning almost a kilometer of the Baltic Sea. It was constructed during the Cold War, and explosive vaults were embedded into its structure so the bridge could be blown up in case of invasion.
#10: Mackinac Bridge, Michigan
Connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas, the five-mile Mackinac Bridge is the dividing line between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Every Labor Day, the bridge is opened to pedestrians, and tens of thousands of people converge on it to take part in the Mackinac Bridge Walk.
#11: Konitsa Bridge, Greece
This unassuming Greek bridge was built by Ziogas Frontzos from the nearby village of Pyrsogianni. Local legend has it than when the architects who had previously tried unsuccessfully to build the bridge asked him where he had studied bridge building, he proudly replied: “In the University of Pyrsogianni!”
#12: Rode Brug, Utrecht, Netherlands
The aptly named Rode Brug (literally: “Red Bridge”) elegantly spans the Vecht River in the red light district of Utrecht.
#13: Tower Bridge, London
Named for the nearby Tower of London, the Tower Bridge stands as an iconic symbol of Great Britain’s capital.
#14: Rialto Bridge, Venice
The raised central arch of Venice’s Rialto Bridge allowed for large boat traffic on the city’s Grand Canal during its marine trading heyday. Today the bridge is one of the most visited landmarks in Venice.
#15: Kapellbrücke, Lucerne, Switzerland
This covered wooden footbridge was built in the 14th century. Its roof is decorated with over 100 paintings depicting the history of the city.
#16: Stari Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stari Most was originally built in the 16th century to connect the two shores of the city of Mostar. Destroyed in 1993 during the Croat-Bosnian war, it was painstakingly rebuilt and reopened in 2004. Today, it spans the River Neretva once more.