Man’s fascination with bridges will never end so not surprisingly tourists throng to the most famous bridges ever built all over the world from Asia to Europe. If you plan to visit any of these countries then better not miss on the exquisite sights that are these magnificent bridges.
1. Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
With its majestic golden arches and incredible span of 1280 m, the Golden Gate Bridge has been a landmark of the city of San Francisco since its completion in 1937. The vivid sunset hue is actually not golden as the name suggests but a bright orange. This color was chosen by the architect Joseph B. Strauss because dense fog often envelopes the suspension bridge limiting visibility in the strait. It was built to connect the city with Marin County which lies north of it. One peek at this ingenious suspension bridge and anyone can easily guess the location.
2. Tower Bridge (London)
The thriving city of London has long since sparked the imagination of writers, artists and architects. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe is the Tower Bridge, built under the supervision of John Jackson that stands sentinel over the River Thames in Central London. It has been featured in countless literary publications and films since being open to pedestrians in 1894. There is something truly magical about this brilliant blend of suspension and bascule design augmented by the beauty of the castle right next to it.
3. Rialto Bridge (Venice)
Who isn’t familiar with the beautiful Grand Canal that flows throw the delightful city of Venice? Every tourist hops on for a charming gondola ride passing right under the iconic Rialto Bridge. It is a small but unique piece of architecture that is instantly recognizable. Antonio da Ponte drafted the design and construction concluded in 1591 standing the test of time despite criticism.
4. Ponte Vecchio (Florence)
The Italians boast of some of the finest architecture in the world so it isn’t surprising that the Ponte Vecchio, though ancient, is a popular masterpiece. Creating a passage between the two ends of the Arno River, it is the only one in Venice that was not destroyed by the Second World War. Keeping with the medieval tradition, people still sell their wares to tourists and locals on the stone arch bridge.
5. Millau Viaduct (Millau)
The French outdid themselves by finishing this breathtaking cable bridge that spans the valley adjacent to River Tarn on Millau in 2004. It is an inspiring sight that meshes the glory of nature with human genius. It beats the Eiffel Tower in Paris to snatch the spot for the tallest structure in the entire country.
6. Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney)
When it comes to architecture, the lovely city of Sydney beats the capital of Australia. Apart from the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge occupies a special place in the hearts of tourists and locals alike, who call it “The Coathanger”. Its glorious steel arch is a refreshing site in the bustling business district.
7. Great Belt Bridge (Denmark)
This is another marvelous suspension bridge that boasts the highest points in the country. It was opened to traffic in 1998 and connects the islands Zealand and Funen. Made up of not one but two main bridges, the Great Belt Bridge joins at the tiny island Sprogø. It has an East Bridge (1624 m) and a West Bridge (6611 m).
8. Brooklyn Bridge (New York)
NYC needs no introduction. It is undoubtedly the most famous city in the world thanks to Hollywood. The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, is a distinguishing feature of the city that lights up the skyline of Manhattan connecting it to Brooklyn across the East River. Of course, it is a magnet for tourists and many annual events take place in the vicinity.
9. Charles Bridge (Prague)
At a time when gothic architecture was beloved by many, the Charles Bridge was built over the Vltava River in Prague. This incredible work of art was finished somewhere in the 15th century and is a hub for tourists, vendors and artists. It connects the Old Town with the Prague Castle district and is the only means to cross over to the other side so it’s always full of traffic.
10. Akashi Kaikyō or Pearl Bridge (Kobe)
The brilliant engineers in Japan came up with the modern marvel that is the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, which has the distinction of being the longest suspension bridge (1991 m) ever built. It was opened to the public in 1998 and connects Kobe to Iwaya spanning across the Akashi Strait.
Each bridge is renowned for its unique design, history and position in the surrounding landscape that makes them ideal for stunning photography. No wonder tourists make a point to put them on must-see-sights lists.