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10 Awesome Bridges Around the World

posted in: Fun  |  posted by: Ian Harrison on June 13, 2008  |  26 Comments

Anyone with long road trip experience can appreciate the small details on the way that break the incessant monotony. Toll booths, rest areas with unusual fast food outlets, bad drivers, a good song on the radio or even a herd of cows will suffice to spice up the journey.

A bridge normally elicits a glance and perhaps a sigh of relief, once the car arrives safely on the other side. Some bridges however, cause drivers and passengers to gape in amazement and break out the digital camera. These are the best of the best, bridges that break the mold and blaze new trails in structural achievement. Without further ado, here are 10 Awesome Bridges Around the World.

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey

The Bosphorus has a claim to fame that no other bridge in the world can challenge. Perhaps one day the powers that be will erect a colossal link between Russia and Alaska across the Bering Strait. Until then however, only Turkey can boast of a bridge that connects two continents: in this case, Asia and Europe.

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey


Hangzhou Bay Bridge, Shanghai-Ningbo, China

China seems bent on squashing all previous engineering feats. From skyscrapers to airports, the country is in an unprecedented uber-construction phase. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is just one extreme example of the hyper growth. The super-structure that links Shanghai with Ningbo is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, Shanghai-Ningbo, China

Millau Viaduct, Tarn Valley, France

One of the most unusual bridges and a tribute to steely modernity, the Millau Viaduct soars above the valley of the Tarn River in southern France. Drivers prone to vertigo in the face of acute height would be wise to take a more circuitous route. The Millau beats out the Eiffel Tower and is the current record-holder for road-bridge height.

Millau Viaduct, Tarn Valley, France

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States

One of the most iconic bridges in the United States – the Brooklyn Bridge is in a similar class – the Golden Gate Bridge is the emblem of San Francisco and indeed, the state California. The suspension bridge spans the conflux of San Francisco Bay with the ocean and although built in 1937, endures as a favourite with architects today.

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Residents of lovely Rotterdam in The Netherlands once had much less attractive methods by which to cross the Nieuwe Mass River to reach the other half of the city. Since 1996 that is no longer the case. The Erasmus Bridge has been a beacon on the Dutch landscape from day one. Upon completion, “The Swan” became an instant architectural icon.

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

The most notable Medieval bridge still subject to daily use, the Ponte Vecchio is one of the grand symbols of Florence. Cross the Arno River on the Ponte and gaze at the curio dealers and jewelers who hawk wares much in the same fashion as was done hundreds of years ago. There are few marvels to rival the Ponte Vecchio in the world, let alone Italy.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Oresund Bridge, Oresund Strait, Copenhagen, Denmark-Malmo, Sweden

No other bridge in the world makes engineers drool like the Oresund. With enough space for train and vehicle traffic, the hybrid bridge-tunnel connects two phenomenal Scandinavian towns: the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, and Malmo, Sweden. No other border span in the world is longer, or dare we say, more impressive.

Oresund Bridge, Copenhagen-Malm?, Denmark-Sweden

Tower Bridge, London, England

The symbol of record for most in London is without question, the Tower Bridge. The bascule, or moveable, suspension bridge spans the Thames and is not London Bridge, much to the dismay of many amateur photographers. The old girl, open since 1894, still receives over 40,000 motorists a day.

Tower Bridge, London, England

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe-Iwaya, Japan

Known as the Pearl Bridge, Akashi-Kaikyo is the one of the most magnificent structures in a country famous for them. The near-2 km suspension bridge holds the world record for length and links beautiful Kobe to Iwaya on Awaji Island. The cost of the bridge was an extravagant $5 billion and as a result, the over 20,000 cars that cross it daily pay $20 to do so.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe-Iwaya, Japan

Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Gateshead-Newcastle upon Tyne, England

If they gave an award for best tilt bridge ever in the history of the world, Gateshead Millenium would win hands down. The cyclist and pedestrian span over the River Tyne vaulted into the architecture Hall of Fame when it was erected in 2000. Even more impressive than how it looks however, is the way it allows river traffic to pass through. The bridge opens, rotates and astonishingly, mirrors a wink in the process. Fittingly, Gateshead Millenium is now affectionately called “The Blinking Eye”.

Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Gateshead-Newcastle upon Tyne, England


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26 Responses to “10 Awesome Bridges Around the World”

  1. tia says on

    Ilike all the bridges i amloving them

  2. Rin Tin Tin says on

    MMMMMMMMM BRIDGES MMMMMMMM!!!!

  3. matt@Mold removal says on

    I thought the one in sydney would be one also. I knew about half of the bridges but the others i never heard of.

  4. Liza says on

    This is very up-to-date information. I think I’ll share it on Facebook.

  5. TIFFANY says on

    I really like all these bridges and they are awsome!!!!!!!

  6. bridge lover 47 says on

    what good bridges!!!

  7. Blaaaaahhhh says on

    these bridges rock my sockss(: I loove the last one and the one with the houses coming out of the sidee<333

  8. Sloan&phillip says on

    wow me and my budy phil agree these bridges are wicked cool especially the ocean one from china!

  9. Sloan&phillip says on

    haha

  10. david deluiose says on

    awesome i ? all the bridges

  11. fred is the bomb says on

    awesome bridges

  12. Bob hambster says on

    Awesome bridges i was the painter for one of them took two years so awesome :):) ( JOKES ))))) LOLLOLOLOL OMG I PHYSCO

  13. brooke the chook says on

    awesome bridges dude

  14. Bob hambster says on

    L0L I LOVE THE WORD LOL

  15. Georgia says on

    i am doing a project on a bridge @ school but me and my bff have no idea on what bridge we will do so were gonna make up our own cool ha !!! lol =]=]=]=]

  16. Lily says on

    Doing a project at school about bridges have any other ideas we can use infomation or any other pics? Bestie and i are doing cross between arch and cable one have any sites intrest you? Plz comment and write plz plz plz plz plz we will fail if not got enough infomation

  17. Georgia says on

    JUst add a comment about bridges and we will use all ur info thanks

  18. fred says on

    these are the best brides real awesome !!! =]=]=]=]

  19. Theresa says on

    This is the coolest:)

  20. Bonga says on

    these bridges are beautiful but they are too simple. but in an engineering perspective i can say they are up to starndard. because long distance bridges needs accuracy and fency does not count. the last one with the arch is laka guyz.

  21. Erin Conn says on

    brillant briges great web sight. How could they make such brillant and tallent briges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. evie says on

    all bridges are awesome! I love bridges

  23. Ms. 6th grade smarty pants says on

    the Millau Viaduct is longer than the Akashi-kaikyo bridge in japan, and thats not even the longest bridge in the world; the mackinaw bridge in michigan usa is five miles long and connects the upper and lower peninsulas

  24. Bethany says on

    Thx! this really helped me with my design technolagy hwk on construction!! xxx :)

  25. deedee says on

    I ahve a horrible fear of bridges! If I went on any of those I’d probably faint!

  26. Christie Shields says on

    nice bridges they are really cool and awesome to see them!!!!!!!!!

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