Some man-made works of art defy belief and understanding. And some of the most wondrous constructs in the world are also some of the scariest. For instance, these 40 unbelievably scary bridges are also some of the greatest feats of architecture the world has known. Let’s find out some more about them.
This looks kind of like that bridge from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and we’re sure it’s just as dodgy. It looks like it would be fine to walk over very carefully on your own, but start to add weight to it, and all sorts of problems crop up. It’s a very small and narrow bridge, used by people and cattle each day; that seems like a recipe for disaster, and it wouldn’t surprise us if there are a lot of fatalities!
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is a country with so much beautiful scenery on show, and this bridge takes you right to the heart of that. You can find it in Antrim Town, and it sits 30 meters high, with a length of 21 meters. It’s not the largest bridge, but if you’re scared of heights, it could well prove to be quite the challenge. It’s a popular bridge with tourists, and one you may wish to check out if you ever visit the country.
Vine Bridges of Iya Valley, Japan
These small and intricately designed bridges can be found in Japan’s Ivy Valley. Built to help with protection, these bridges still leave a lasting impression to this day. The bridges lie high above the misty gorges of the Iya Valley and the Iya River. The bridges, made from mountain vines, were created in the 12th Century, during the Genpei War. There are three remaining, and they look like they’ve seen better days, to be honest; we wouldn’t be too comfortable crossing these things!
Taman Negara Bridge, Malaysia
This long suspension bridge can be found in the Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia. Every day tourists make the journey across the bridge, as it’s the only way to reach the other side. The bridge can get very slippery and dangerous in the wet seasons. The bridge, at the height of 550 meters, and a length of 40 meters, is in desperate need of some reconstruction to prevent it from turning into a death trap.
Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway, Ghana
Ghana is a beautiful country, so full of magic, mystery, and wonder, and the Kalimantan National Park is one of its hidden treasures. This is a bridge nestled neatly in the forests of the African nation and is at a height of about 76 feet. What makes this bridge so dangerous is the fact that it has weak support from the rocks at each end, and the wood is worn and damaged. You need to be very careful about crossing if you visit as a tourist.
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
Wow. This is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. Look at the size and epic scale of this wonderfully beautiful bridge. It is the longest pedestrian support bridge in the Swiss Alps. It’s over 100 meters high, and 180 meters long, and it is truly one of the great bridges of the world. It’s also clearly one of the most dangerous bridges in the world. We can’t imagine working up the courage to cross this thing in snow and high winds!
Musou Bridge, Japan
This is one the most terrifying and dangerous bridges in the world. The narrow bridge was constructed in 1950 and is very poorly designed. The wood and the ropes that make up this bridge are poor quality and weak. Thousands of people cross this bridge on a daily basis, and we’re surprised this doesn’t lead to more accidents. If you are planning on crossing this bridge during your time in Japan, you need to be very careful about it.
Aiguille du Midi, France
The French are great at so many things, and they often construct wonderfully intricate and safe buildings and bridges. We think this one is a little less safe than you might expect, though! Hold your breath for a moment… This bridge is a death-defying 12500 feet above sea level! Situated in the French Alps, it’s a bridge you’ll find yourself needing to cross if you fancy a spot of mountaineering. If you have a fear of heights, we would recommend you avoid this bridge like the plague.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
You can see even from this picture just how poorly designed the bridges are. This is one of the worst designs on our list and looks like it could go at any moment. The support from the two sides of the bridge is very poor quality, and the walkway looks like it’s nothing more than kindling. Even the locals who use this bridge are likely to struggle with it, so it’s not recommended for anyone visiting.
Marienbrücke Bridge, Germany
Some areas of Germany are incredibly beautiful, especially the Bavarian Alps. If you decide to visit here, you will no doubt want to experience crossing the Marienbrücke Bridge. It connects two cliffs together and has a wonderful view to take in. The bridge is beautifully designed and evokes that epic fairy-tale feeling. However, the bridge is also really high up and extremely dangerous. This is the sort of bridge you might consider crossing on a fine summer’s day, with a guide to help you.
Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
So many areas of the United States have amazing surroundings. Lakes, canyons, and gorges give a great glimpse into the beauty of our nation. Royal Gorge in Colorado is one such place, and home to the Royal Gorge Bridge. This is America’s highest suspension bridge, situated over 900 feet above the Arkansas River. With a length of 1,260 feet, this is truly a monstrous feat of design. The wind stabilizing cables weren’t added until 1982, and this remains a bridge to think twice about crossing.
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada
No trip to The Great White North would be complete without a visit to British Columbia. This suspension bridge is 230 feet high and traverses the Capilano River. However, the bridge is also one of the most dangerous suspension bridges in the world. The lush and serene evergreen forest that surrounds it makes the bridge seem calm and tranquil. But, it’s actually very high, shaky, and narrow, and with almost a million visitors a year, there are plenty of opportunities for danger.
Mackinac Bridge, Michigan
Well, this is one of the most grandiose sights in the world. The bridge lies between Michigan’s upper and lower Peninsulas. If you ever visit Michigan, you need to experience this 5-mile long suspension bridge. The bridge is so long that it’s necessary to drive across it, and many people get freaked out by this. This has led to the Bridge Authority offering a chauffeured service from expert drivers. Even still, with 30 miles per hour winds, this bridge has seen several fatalities over the years.
Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
Hanging bridges present all sorts of dangers, such as subsidence, erosion, and wear and tear. The ghost town of Ojuela in Mexico is home to the Puente de Ojuela Bridge; it’s over 1,000 feet long, and 360 feet high. The faded wooden walkway offers yet more danger in terms of crossing the bridge. The bridge has been restored in recent years, with additional support, making it safer. Even still, we wouldn’t like to cross it unless we really had to.
William Preston Lane Bridge, Maryland
Another huge bridge stretching for around 5 miles, only this one can be found in Maryland. Combine the length of it with a height of more than 180 feet, and you can see why this bridge is so dangerous. Drivers often feel nervous crossing, especially during stormy weather. Heavy rain can make visibility very difficult, and heavy winds often lead to even more treacherous conditions. This may be a wonderful sight from a distance, but crossing it could make even the most confident of drivers nervous.
Monkey Bridges, Vietnam
These rudimentary bridges can be found throughout the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Everything is more simple and stripped back here, and this is in keeping with their makeshift philosophy. The bridges are put together using wood and bamboo and are hand-made by locals. While this is an impressive achievement, it hardly leads to a safe or secure bridge for crossing. Crossing the bridges is a careful and labored experience and one you will need to be prepared for as much as possible.
Sidu River Bridge, China
China is one of the most powerful and developed nations on Earth, and home to the terrifying Sidu River Bridge. Located 1,500 feet above the sprawling valley of the River Sidu, this bridge opened in 2009. At the time, it was the highest bridge in the world, making it one of the most dangerous. It’s a pretty awesome sight, we’re sure you’ll agree; though we don’t know if we’d feel confident crossing the 1,200+ meters to get to the other side.
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida
As the name might suggest, this is a bridge sprawling for 7 miles in the Florida Keys. You’ve most likely heard of this bridge, even if you haven’t seen it in person. The bridge connects some of the Florida Keys together and is among the largest bridges ever made. There’s an older bridge and a newer one that was revamped after. The bridge has appeared in many motion pictures, but we think the sheer epic scale makes this a terrifying bridge.
U Pain Bridge, Myanmar
The thing with long bridges is they are dangerous enough already, but when they are in developing countries they can be even more deadly. The engineering and materials used are not always the best quality. And U Pain Bridge in Myanmar is a good example of this. It’s almost a mile long, and 15 feet high, and it has NO handrails! Yikes! You’ve got to be very careful when crossing a bridge like this, as there are more than 1,000 wooden posts as well.
Deception Pass Bridge, Washington
Deception Pass Bridge is located in Deception Pass State Park, Washington. The bridge is extremely high and long, and certainly gives an amazingly panoramic view of the park. However, it’s also considered one of the most dangerous bridges in the world. This is due, in no small part, to the mist and fog that gathers around the bridge, and can affect visibility. If you are ever going to cross this bridge, do yourself a favor, don’t look down!
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, China
Okay, this is just crazy! Look at how crazy high up this bridge is, and how narrow the walkway along the mountains is. This glass bridge is the stuff nightmares are made of for many people! Imagine walking along a bridge this high up, and being able to look through the glass and see everything! The glass bridge at Zhangjiajie is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park but is also one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
The second entry on our list from Malaysia is this 700-meter high bridge, constructed in 2004. The bridge is so dangerous that it closed in 2012 for maintenance and refurbishment, and, you can see from the picture how unsafe it could be. This sky bridge is definitely one of the more dangerous and terrifying bridges you may encounter. You couldn’t pay us to walk across a bridge like this; it’s the stuff that would haunt our dreams!
Mount Titlis Bridge, Switzerland
Mount Titlis boasts the honor of being the highest suspension bridge in the whole of Europe. It is an unbelievable 3,000 meters high! Can you even imagine just how high up that is?! The altitude is probably enough to make you feel uneasy, and then you have to deal with the crazy height and the harsh weather conditions. This bridge is designed to endure snowstorms and high winds, but it still seems like one of the most frightening bridges in the world.
Vitim River Bridge, Russia
This bridge looks like a relic of the Cold War, and the Russians will need to spend time and money revamping it. Only a handful of people have ever been crazy enough to actually cross this bridge, and we can’t say we blame them. The bridge is barely even wide enough for a car, it has no railings, and it freezes over in the winter! That is certainly a recipe for disaster, and we’re surprised it hasn’t been condemned yet.
Millau Viaduct, France
The Millau Viaduct has the honor of being the tallest bridge for a major road in the world as one of the masts of the bridge reaches a height of 1,125 feet. It’s higher than the Eiffel Tower, and it is wonderfully designed, in typical French style. It connects Paris and Montpellier and is certainly an impressive sight to behold. Though, as you might imagine, it has the potential to be one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.
Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
Anytime a bridge earns the nickname The Bridge of Death, you know it’s something you need to avoid! It looks like it could collapse at any moment, and a gust of wind probably makes this thing rattle. In fact, this bridge has already had problems with collapsing and corroding in the past. It looks like the sort of bridge you might be made to walk across as a punishment! Make sure you never chance it with a rickety, broken down bridge like this one.
Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
Believe it or not, this isn’t a steep drop into the ocean when you drive up the ramp. It’s actually part of the Storseisundet Bridge in Norway. The bridge is one of eight and connects the Romsdal Peninsula to the island of Averoya. It took six years to construct, and was coined by British newspaper The Daily Mail as ‘The road to nowhere.’ It’s one of the most picturesque routes in the world if you can brave the scary bridge!
Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland
Anyone born on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay will be very familiar with this bridge. It’s a colossal 4.3 miles in length, and is an impressive steel structure, stretching over the water. You can see from the picture how great this bridge looks, but we bet it’s still pretty dangerous. The strong winds and raging waters below make this a potential death trap for anyone who dares venture across. From a distance, the construct doesn’t even look like a bridge!
Captain William Moore Bridge, Alaska
This bridge looks like one of the best and most smartly designed bridges in the world. The main problem with this one, though, is that earthquakes are fairly common here, and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of a bridge during an earthquake. There is support at one end of the bridge, in order to deal with the event of an earthquake. But, it is still one of the scariest bridges we can think of, and we would be a little concerned crossing this one.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
Another mind-blowing US bridge to add to the list is this one in Louisiana. It’s very streamlined and designed to be only around 15 feet above Lake Pontchartrain. This is almost like a massive freeway built across the water. The bridge runs for a staggering 24 miles, and, once you reach a third of that, you’ll be able to see nothing but sky and water. This is pretty terrifying, especially if you wind up breaking down while on the bridge.
Route Nationale 5 Bridge, Madagascar
If you want to talk makeshift bridges, it doesn’t get much more ramshackle than this one. Route Nationale 5 is little more than a dirt and paved track running through Madagascar, and the bridge itself looks like someone has just laid some planks of wood. These bridges need careful and close inspection, as 4×4 trucks have to pass over them several times daily. This is one of the most solitary and deserted roads in the country, and, also, one of the most terrifying bridges in the world.
Confederation Bridge, Canada
Snaking away for 8 miles into the horizon, Confederation Bridge links Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick. It is a beautiful and contemporary bridge, that looks like it could have been built yesterday, despite being 20 years old. Though we are sure you’ll agree, the bridge looks pretty dangerous. The size and scale of the bridge are generally what combine to make a bridge such as this one daunting and intimidating. The Confederation Bridge is a triumph of engineering, but that doesn’t make it less frightening.
Volgograd Bridge, Russia
The Russians make our list again due to the 7km long Volgograd Bridge. This absolute death trap of a bridge can be found in the South of Russia. Specifically, it lies over the Volgograd River and is one of the most dangerous bridges we’ve ever heard of. Apparently, during a storm in 2010, the entire bridge itself began to shake, and cars were actually thrown into the air. It’s a wonder the bridge hasn’t led to more casualties over the years.
Puente del Río Electrico, Argentina
This is a bridge that looks like it should be pretty safe. It’s bulky and sturdy looking, and likely would face almost no problems at all. That being said, it is still a pretty dangerous and scary bridge. The bridge runs over the Electrico River, near the border of Chile. It’s not a particularly long bridge, but the design could be better, and it looks like the sort of place you wouldn’t want to cross if you had the choice.
Puente Upamayo, Peru
Located in the Junin region of Peru, the Upamayo Bridge is one of the most iconic in South America. At 30 meters long, the bridge lies 4,000 meters above sea level. However, the bridge is not exactly what we would call safe. Lots and lots of rickety wooden slats put together across the water make up this bridge. This is a picture of workmen in the middle of constructing the bridge, and it doesn’t look overly stable!
Muhurr Bridge, Albania
This bridge in Albania looks like one of the most ramshackle things we’ve seen in a long while. As you can see from the picture, this bridge has most certainly seen better days. The small town is situated in Northeastern Albania, and the bridge spreads across the Black Drin River. You can see the problems with this bridge just at a glance. We can’t imagine anything heavier than a human being able to move safely across this bridge, and we wouldn’t like to find out!
Ekok Bridge, Cameroon
One of Cameroon’s top suspension bridges, the Ekok Bridge, bridges the Cross River on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria. It is a little more stable than some of the other bridges we’ve seen on this list, but would you be happy driving over this several times a day? There are already plans to repair and revamp this bridge and add another lane to it. This might make the bridge more stable and less scary, but, until then, we would avoid it if possible!
Linn Cove Viaduct, USA
This bridge can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It’s a winding, bendy bridge, running along the face of Grandfather Mountain. The terrain is tricky and tumultuous. Yes, the views and route are breathtaking, but a wrong turn, or loss of control, could see you career over the edge. The bridge seems as though it is suspended in mid-air, which makes it pretty terrifying. It’s an exciting bridge to ride, but one you need to be careful of.
Garhi Dupatta Bridge, Pakistan
Pakistan is not exactly known for its engineering and architectural skills. And this bridge is pretty much the pinnacle of the bridges they have built. The bridge over the Jhelum River is made entirely of wood, and it can be very dangerous, especially at night. The wooden planks are broken, and many of the others are starting to rot and crack. This bridge looks like it’s on the way out, especially after earthquake damage.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
The largest rigid frame bridge in Japan is one of the most striking and iconic bridges in the world. You may recognize pictures of it, but you may not know that it is something of an optical illusion. Pictures of this bridge have circulated online due to the bridge appearing crazy steep. But, in reality, the gradient is actually not that steep. There is surely a better design for a bridge than this one, and we’re confident the Japanese can come up with a solution.