Bridges have always been something special for everyone, while some people are afraid of them, some of us enjoy the view from them and for some people, it can be the start of a new adventure. These human-made wonders are responsible for connecting regions, mountains, countries and their people. A bridge can be dangerous for many reasons, it can be too old, too narrow, too high, poor conditions etc. While millions of people still use many of these bridges, they are definitely something that could easily be quite dangerous…
1. Trift Bridge, Switzerland
The Trift Bridge is a pedestrian-only suspension bridge that crosses the Triftsee lake near Gadmen and spans around 560 ft at a height of 330 ft in the Swiss Alps. You have to take a cable car from Meiringen followed by a gondola and a hard 1.5-hour uphill hike to reach the bridge.
2. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
The Hussaini Hanging Bridge is renowned as one of the most dangerous bridges in the world. In northern Pakistanâ€™s mountainous Hunza region, the Hussaini Hanging Bridge helps travellers to cross the Borit Lake. The bridge is extremely old, very narrow and is poorly maintained. The long bridge has only a couple of cables and loose wooden blanks, and with strong winds, it can become even more dangerous.
3. Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
The Storseisundet Bridge is renowned as “The road to nowhere”. It connects the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island ofAverøya, Norway and is the longest of the eight bridges that make up The Atlantic Road. The bridge surely offers some amazing views but it’s more like a roller coaster than a bridge, dropping off below instead of providing safe passage across.
4. Sidu River Bridge, China
Situated in Badong County of the Hubei Province, The Sidu River Bridge connects the valley of the Sidu River near Yesanguan. It is one of the tallest suspension bridges in the world. The bridge spans 1,600 ft deep and 4,009 ft long.
5. Longjiang Suspension Bridge, China
The Longjiang Suspension Bridge has a span of 1,196 m or 3,924 ft and sits at a height of 280 m or 920 ft which makes it one of the highest and tallest in the world. The river crosses the Long River Valley connecting the cities of Baoshan and Tengchong in southwest China.
6. Marienbrucke, Germany
Marienbrucke was built to connect two cliffs to each other in 1840 by Crown Prince Maximillian II. This stunning yet dangerous bridge is constructed close to the Bavarian Alps and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding scenery and the deep gorge below.
7. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, United Kingdom
The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge crosses 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The famous rope bridge is near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and connects the tiny island of Carrickarede to the mainland.
8. Aiguille Du Midi, France
The Aiguille Du Midi might be small but it is not for the faint-hearted. The bridge is situated at 12,500ft above sea level. Pierced into the Aiguille du Midi mountain in Chamonix with, it gives views towards Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. There is also a glass skywalk situated over a 1,000 ft drop.
9. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA
The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest bridge in the USA. It is situated on the edge of the Royal Gorge above the Arkansas River at 955 feet and has a span of 1,260 feet.
10. Ghasa Bridge, Nepal
The Ghasa Bridge of Nepal might give you a striking view but it is one of the most dangerous bridges in the world. The bridge is narrow and extremely unstable to wind and was built to transport livestock too.
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