Bridge connects and enables us to reach places that are distant and challenging. But all the bridges aren’t fun; at least as they sound. Some of them have been designed in a way that they remind you of all the gods before taking one step on anyone of them. As you walk close to them, you would realize that not all the bridges on Earth are as picturesque and fancy as the London Bridge. The bridges I am going to discuss here are located at some of the remotest places on the Earth and are better than most of the daunting activities any day!
Each of the following bridges is known for its ability to scare the bravehearts to the core. Go on if you are up for a scary ride!
1. Aiguille du Midi Bridge, France
A word of caution here, don’t look down. At this height, you’ll want to keep your eyes locked on the panorama of the craggy French Alps. Fortunately, the bridge itself is short, making for an easy escape by the time acrophobia sets in.
Where: The summit of Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc massif near Chamonix
Stats: Height: 12,605 feet
2. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
America’s highest suspension bridge may be breathtaking for some, but those scared of heights may experience dizziness when they look downwards from a height equivalent to 90 stories at the Arkansas River below. Completed in 1929, the bridge didn’t have stabilizing wind cables until 1982 but safe enough to cross now.
Where: Royal Gorge, over the Arkansas River
Stats: Height: 969 feet; Length: 1,260 feet
3. Suspension Glass Bridge, China
Even though it is as solid as a concrete bridge, a walk across it can make you weak in the knees. The pathway is completely made of glass and looks like floating over the vast valley that stretches for 984 feet at a height of 590 feet above the ground. Crazy scary? That’s for you to decide.
Where: Shiniuzhui National Geological Park
Stats: Height: 590 feet; Length: 984 feet
4. The Kusma Gyadi Suspension Bridge, Nepal
The huge Kushma-Gyadi catenary suspension footbridge is one of the world’s highest and one of its kind. Crossing 135 above the Madi River, the bridge is also one of Nepal’s longest with a span of 344 meters. A mere thought of walking on it would leave you sweaty, which clearly means that such bridges are not for the faint at heart.
Where: Kusma Parbat
Stats: Height: 443 feet; Length: 1129 feet
5. The Bridge of Immortals, China
Take death-defying walks amid the treacherous mountains of China. Huangshan is a picturesque location in eastern China and one of the most iconic locations in the country. No mountain looks as good after a trip to Mt. Huangshan. Once you have made up your mind to walk this bridge, you will find yourself holding onto to your dear life and calling out to the almighty.
Where: Mt. Huangshan
Stats: Height: 3608 feet (approximately)
6. Trift Suspension Bridge, Switzerland
One of the Alps’ longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges, Trift was built in 2004 to reconnect hikers to a hut made inaccessible by a retreating glacier. A renovation in 2009 made this bridge formidable with higher handrails and stabilizing cables to prevent the violent swing in the wind. Still, it’s treacherous location is good enough to give you a few jolts.
Where: Trift Glacier, near the town of Gadmen in the Swiss Alps
Stats: Height: 328 feet; Length: 558 feet
7. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
First things first: nobody has ever fallen off this bridge. However, most of the visitors who have walked across this bridge, find the thrill a bit too much to handle and have to go by boat. The bridge was erected by fishermen who went to the island to catch salmon, the original bridge had only a single handrail. Eventually, the rope bridge gained popularity after tourists came to the place seeking thrill, and the National Trust got the single handrail replaced with a sturdier structure with two handrails.
Where: Near Ballintoy in County Antrim
Stats: Height: 100 feet; Length: 65 feet
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8. The Bridge in Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
Overlooking the Langkawi archipelago, this suspension bridge presents a surreal sight of the mountains, ocean, and islands. The bridge is also among the list of the strangest suspension bridge in the world. Known for the exceptional panoramic view of Langkawi that it presents from the top, this bridge must feature among some of the most preferred destinations.
Where: At the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang mountain, on Pulau Langkawi
Stats: Height: 1265 feet; Length: 410 feet
9. The Tibetan Bridge, Italy
Who would have thought that a bridge this scary can be found in such a graceful and artistic country? Thrill-seekers can visit France for this cool bridge. Walk on the longest Tibetan Bridge in the world! One of the three bridges suspended over the San Gervasio Gorge (Val di Susa) for almost 470 meters (1,540 feet). The gorge in some places is almost 100 meters (330 feet) deep. The walkway has four ropes, 1440 steel steps and suspended 30 meters (100 feet) above the ground. The set of bridges goes between the towns of Claviere and Cesana Torinese in Italy
Where: Between the towns of Claviere and Cesana Torinese, Piedmont
Stats: Height: 328 feet; Length: 1542 feet
10. The Oribi Gorge Swing Bridge, South Africa
The Oribi Gorge is one of the most popular attractions across the world that presents death-defying activities; something that would test your adrenaline to the core. The wild-gorge swing is the most popular among activities and then comes this swinging bridge that contains all the elements to leave you pulsating.
I’m pretty sure many of you are brave enough to cross it, at least once. I’m counting on you guys.
Where: Oribi Gorge
Stats: Height: 279 feet
11. Daedunsan Suspension Bridge, South Korea
The suspension bridge, which is located in the Daedunsan Mountains of South Korea, is more of a ladder than a bridge. You have to literally climb the bridge to get to the other side. The 50-meter suspension bridge hangs over a deep ravine with a steep red staircase leading up the mountain. Up there, an incredible 360-degree view makes it all worth it!
Where: Daedunsan Provincial Park
Stats: Height: 164 feet
12. Puente de Ojuela, México
The squeaky floor made up of wood only adds to the terror quotient of the thousand feet long bridge that actually leads to a ghost town. Luckily, steel cables suspended from two towers is more of a reassurance that the bridge is not going to fall anytime soon. Still, steel is a relatively recent addition, when this bridge was built by German engineer Santiago Minhguin in the 19th century, those towers were made of wood.
Where: The ghost town of Ojuela, northern state of Durango
Stats: Height: 360 feet; Length: 1,043 feet
13. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington
A common name for two, two-lane bridges on Washington State Route 20 connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island in the U.S. state of Washington, the Deception Pass Bridge is covered by fog for most of the time. A drive through it is sure to run a chill down your spine, while a walk over the pedestrian lane on the side and the jaw-dropping views of the rushing water below are enough to scare the hell out of you.
Where: Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island
Stats: Height: 177 feet; Length: 1486 feet
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14. The U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
The world’s longest teak footbridge sprawls over 1300 yard across shallow Taungthaman Lake. At 3937 feet, the U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites, is the longest teak bridge in the world. There are no handrails for protection and the narrow path makes the cross even scarier.
Where: Taungthaman Lake
Stats: Height: 3937 feet; Length: 3937 feet
15. Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Japan
Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, is home to three vine bridges. The originals were built with slats of wood placed between 7 and 12 inches apart, secured in place with two single vines. The new bridges are reinforced with wire and hand rails, and they’re still not for the fainthearted.
Where: Tokushima, over the Iya-gawa River
Stats: Height: 46 feet; Length: 148 feet
16. Canopy Walk, Ghana
This footbridge soars above the forest floor in Ghana’s Kakum National Park. Sure, there are plenty of handrails and net walls that rise up on either side of you—about three-and-a-half to four feet high, anyway—but remember you’re still walking on a plank of wood no more than one foot wide.
Where: Kakum National Park
Stats: Height: 100 feet; Length: 1,000 feet
17. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
This bridge rises just 16 feet above the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but the fact that it never seems to end, induces the real fear—it spans nearly 24 miles from Metairie to Mandeville, LA. (Once you are through the eight-mile mark, say goodbye to land visibility.)
Where: Across Lake Pontchartrain between the towns of Metairie and Mandeville
Stats: Height: 16 feet; Length: 126720 feet
Don’t tell me I didn’t scare the shit out of you!
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