Modern technology makes it possible for people to traverse all types of difficult terrain. From deep lakes and chasms to mountains that scrape the sky, bridges are a vital transportation tool. Throughout our history, engineers have produced bridges that could be described as beautiful, inspiring, and awe-inspiring. The bridges on this list, however, are best described as absolutely terrifying. Are you brave enough to see some of the scariest bridges around the world?
This wooden structure has existed in Kuanda, Russia for over 30 years. However, since it’s introduction, the bridge has received almost no maintenance. The narrow dimensions also make it difficult for anyone but the most expert drivers to negotiate, especially during one of the frequent spells of icy rain and snow. While the Kuandinsky Bridge is no longer used for regular traffic, it is popular with thrill seekers looking for new adventures.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Found in Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the country. At over 1000 feet high, this structure is not for those who are afraid of heights. Fearless tourists can cross the bridge on foot or enjoy a heart-pounding cable car ride across the gorge.
Throughout the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, simple wooden structures dot the many rivers and waterways. At first glance, they look to be nothing more than a bundle of sticks. However, these unsophisticated pathways are actually footbridges used by locals to ease the navigation of their waterlogged lands. Monkey bridges are often just a single length of bamboo laid from one shore to the next. More elaborate models include supports for stability.
Like the monkey bridges of Vietnam, the vine bridges of Iya Valley, Japan are a cultural tradition. However, no one is quite sure who created these intricate and delicate structures. They are believed to be at least 900 years old. There is evidence that the valley was once home to 13 of these woven vine and plank bridges. Today, however, only 3 survive. Despite the fact that modern engineers have reinforced these ancient bridges with steel, the 45-foot drop into the valley below is still a bone-chilling experience for tourists.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge
Sprawling across the Hunza River in Pakistan, this simple structure is often called the most dangerous bridge in the world. Rickety boards perch precariously on a thin wire frame. One misstep would send travelers hurdling into the deep waters below. Off to the side, the remains of a previous version of the bridge can still be seen hanging.
Seven Mile Bridge
The first version of Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge had to be destroyed and reconstructed due to engineering errors. The bridge was built too low, preventing ships from passing safely underneath. While the second bridge accommodates all sizes of sea craft, it’s still a heart-pounding drive during Florida’s many violent storms.
Found in China’s Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Park, the Glass Skywalk is officially the longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. Visitors receive an unobstructed view of the valley floor below as they stroll across the clear expanse. Completed in 2015, the structure is supported by ultra thick steel beams.
Deception Pass Bridge
The fog in Washington State is a well-known phenomenon. This rickety footbridge connects two small islands. When the fog is thick, travelers aren’t even able to see the 180-foot drop below them. Before it’s construction, island dwellers relied on ferry boats to get between locations.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
This Japanese bridge is a marvel of modern construction. Straddling Lake Nakaumi, this bridge is built on a steep gradient to allow ships to pass by unobstructed. When viewed from certain angles, the bridge appears to look like an amusement park. While quite a bit of its steepness is just an illusion, this bridge is still an impressive sight from any viewpoint.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
The longest cross-water bridge in the world, this Louisiana structure sits a mere 16 feet above the waves. Residents have relied on this bridge for almost 70 years to navigate the underwater space between the cities of Mandeville and Metairie.
While Canada’s contribution to this list isn’t the highest or wildest entry, it does merit frights on it own. This 8-mile structure stretches across a body of frigid water. If an accident caused someone to fall into the depths below, it’s unlikely they would be able to survive the freezing cold before a rescue could arrive. The bridge’s conservators claim it to be the longest bridge across the icy water in the world.
Ghana welcomes visitors to get a different view of the forest from this 40-foot high structure. Running through the treetops, explorers are likely to run into a variety of wild birds and small monkeys. These fellow travelers can be the biggest danger on this unique nature walk.
Switzerland enters the list with this pedestrian-only expanse in the Alps. Built to imitate the 3-rope bridges popular in Nepal, this architectural wonder draws over 20,000 visitors each year. Gondola rides are available for those who don’t trust their legs to make the journey.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Four hundred feet above the Malaysian jungle, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a sprawling suspense structure that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of this beautiful country. The bridge was recently closed for some much-needed repairs but is now open for visitors on most days.
Sidu River Bridge
Higher than the Royal Gorge Bridge, this structure straddles the Sidu River in China’s Sichuan Basin. At over 4000 feet long, the bridge sits 1,640 feet above the gorge’s bottom. On a clear day, travelers are treated to an unobstructed view of the whole valley.