Whenever you travel, you will start to notice so much more than just the natural beauty of the place you're visiting. For example, the architecture says a lot about a city's culture and history. Each country has its own set of architectural masterpieces and some are so crazy and awesome that you have to see them just to believe they really do exist.
Bridges are no exception. Whether it's for traffic or passengers—bridges help connect two places together. It may sound super simple, but they're one of the most magnificent architectural structures in the world and they have to stand the test of time. There are a variety of different ways to build bridges and as seen in the photos below, that can change drastically from country to country.
The world is full of unique bridges, from the most beautiful designs that offer incredible views to the outright shiver-inducing ones that look like they should have been torn down a long time ago.
Take a look at these epic bridges from across the globe and start adding your favorites to your bucket list. From the intimidating and the scary to the stunning and the just plain crazy ones—they will surely not disappoint. Start exploring, you won't regret it.
20 The Royal Gorge Bridge
You can find this gem nestled near Canon City in Colorado. It's one of the most amazing bridges you will find in the United States. I mean, just look at it.
It stands at a whopping 955-feet-tall. Constructed in 1929, it's a popular tourist attraction in the area. An epic 360-acre amusement park is actually located along the edge of the Royal Gorge. If you're in Colorado, seeing this bridge is an absolute must. If you're afraid of heights, you might be a little nervous going across but the views make it totally worth it.
19 Sidu River Bridge
The incredible Sidu River Bridge is just over 4,000-feet-long. The suspension bridge crosses over the valley of the Sidu River, hence its name. Find it near Yesanguan in Hubei, China.
It cost a whopping $100 million (US) to build and it's easy to see why. The massive bridge is an absolutely stunning sight to see. It crosses the mountains of the Sichuan Basin, hanging approximately 1,640 feet from the bottom of the gorge.
18 The Confederation Bridge
This awesome bridge can be found in Canada, linking together Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. It's so awesome in fact, that it's actually considered to be one of the top engineering achievements of the 20th century in Canada.
It's not that high but it is eight miles long and goes over treacherous ice-cold waters. The bridge opened back in 1977, after four years of construction and cost about $1 billion to build. It's an iconic part of Canada's history now.
17 Puente de Ojuela
Another amazing suspension bridge that is actually the only surviving and functional structure in Ojuela, Mexico. Ojuela actually became a ghost town in the beginning of the 20th century which just adds to the creepy factor of this bridge. It was deserted after all of its resources were used up.
A cool fact about this bridge is it was originally designed by the Roebling brothers, who are also the brilliant minds behind the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. It has since been restored though to ensure it is structurally sound and it acts just as a tourist attraction now.
16 Aiguille du Midi
Here you will find breathtaking views in the French Alps. The bridge is nestled on top of a 12,602-ft peak along the Mont Blanc massif.
When you're in the quaint town of Chamonix, you can just hop on a cable care that will take you right to the peak. Once in the cable car, you will be rewarded to 360-degree views of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. When you get off, the bravest visitors can explore the short footbridge that is not for the faint of heart. It even features a glass section for you to further soak up your surroundings.
15 The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
It's always a good time to travel to Ireland. Explore the charming Carrick-a-Rede bridge nestled in Northern Ireland.
It's a well-known bridge near Ballintoy that links the mainland with the quaint island of Carrickarede, hence its name. It's one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland and it's easy to see why. While no one has ever fallen off, it doesn't look as sturdy as you would hope. It stands at an impressive 98-feet-high and sometimes tourists are too scared to make their way across to the other side, luckily a boat is available for them instead.
14 Liuchong River Bridge
This just may be one of the most beautifully designed bridges you will find in the world. Nestled in China, this bridge is a must if you're traveling in the area. It stands at an incredible 340-meters high.
The Liuchong River Bridge is a cable bridge that was only built back in 2013. It spans the length of 438-meters and crosses over the serene Liuchong River gorge.
13 The Vine Bridges
These unique vine bridges have to be on your bucket list. Find these gems in Japan's West Iya Valley. The area features a series of vine villages that have been around for hundreds of years. They've been around so long in fact, that it's unclear who originally created them.
They're a vital part of Japan's history and a magical sight to see. Immerse yourself in nature by exploring one of these three bridges. While they're old, they have been reinforced with steel cables between the vines and rebuilt every three years to ensure they're safe. If you don't like bridges that sway as you walk across then you won't enjoy this one.
12 Hongyagu Glass Suspension Bridge
In case you truly want to feel terrified, this is the bridge for you. The suspension bridge features a glass-bottom just to amp up the scare factor.
This one has only been open for less than a year but it is making headlines around the world. Nestled in Hebei China, this is the country's longest bridge yet. It spans 1,600-feet long and has a vertical drop of 715-feet. If that wasn't ominous enough, it also sways. If you're afraid of heights, this is your worst nightmare come to life.
11 Aizhai Bridge
Another epic bridge you can find in China. One thing is for sure, China knows a thing or two about building bridges. The Aizhai Bridge stands at 336-meters high and offers once-in-a-lifetime views you won't soon forget.
The bridge connects the Chongqing Municipality to Changsha. It's not only one of the highest bridges in the entire world but it is also the highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge in the world.
10 Millau Viaduct Bridge
Find this gorgeous cable-stayed bridge in the South of France. It spans a whopping 1,125-feet across the valley of the river Tarn near the breathtaking Millau.
It's also part of the highway that connects Paris and Montpellier. The bridge has an absolutely beautiful design that make it one of the best in the world. When you see it almost floating above the mist of the clouds, you'll feel like you've been transported into another universe.
9 Lucky Knot Bridge
This may be one of the weirdest bridges you will ever see and yes, once again this bridge can be found in China. The steel truss bridge spans the width of the incredible Dragon King Harbor River, nestled in Changsha.
This crazy bridge really is one big knot, so it's unclear where it even begins and where it ends. Its bright red colour also makes it a vibrant part of the city. The passenger bridge has a never-ending shape which really makes it one-of-a-kind and a spot you definitely need to check out at least once.
8 Kuandinsky Bridge
This may very well be one of the scariest bridges in the world. For one, it hasn't had any repairs since it was built 32-years-ago. Its wooden structure has lots of damage and it's incredibly narrow and has no rails.
When it's snowy and icy, it's even worse to drive across. While it's actually closed to the public (for good reason), tons of people still use it as a shortcut route. Some even go as far as to patch it up themselves in order to still use it. If that wasn't enough, drivers who do take the risk are advised to have their windows open so the strong winds don't push their car into the freezing river below...Maybe that's a sign you should just not travel across this bridge if you want to live.
You may be a few minutes late to work, but you'll still be alive!
7 The Trift Bridge
Travel to Switzerland to discover this beauty of a bridge. It's the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Alps and it's pretty impressive, to say the least. The gorgeous bridge actually spans the lake Triftsee, which is near Gadmen.
It's so popular in fact, that over 20,000 visitors come to see the Trift Glacier each year. Visitors go on a gondola which takes them up to the bridge where you will get unsurpassed views of both the pristine lake and the remarkable glacier.
6 The U Bein Bridge
Find the epic U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, Myanmar. It spans an impressive 3,937-feet across the breathtaking Taugthaman Lake. Just looking at this bridge, it's easy to see why it's so popular—it looks straight out of a fairy tale and has a whole lot of character.
It's the longest teak bridge you will find in the world and it was actually built by the city's mayor, U Bein, which is how it received its unique name.
5 Capilano Suspension Bridge
Escape into the wilderness at this hidden gem in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was originally built back in 1889 using just hemp ropes and cedar planks.
But don't worry, the bridge has since been restored and is one of Vancouver's biggest tourist attractions, providing amazing views of the Capilano River. You'll also be immersed amongst the lush trees to soak up all the beauty nature has to offer. Besides the main swaying 460-foot long suspension bridge, there's also a cliff walk and treetop adventures course to explore.
4 Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge
Yet another bridge in China, this one stands at 366-meters high, making it one of the highest bridges in the world.
The Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge actually had the honour of being the world's highest bridge back in 2003 when it was first constructed. While its design is very simple, it offers one of the most breathtaking views you will find on a bridge. You must travel across this one if you ever get the chance.
3 Titlis Cliff Walk
Discover this gorgeous bridge in the majestic Engelberg, Switzerland. The cliff walk is just how it sounds, you will feel like you're walking along the cliff's edge. It's suspended 1,500-feet above a pristine glacier in the Swiss Alps.
It's truly one of the most spectacular places you will ever come across. It's also the highest suspension bridge in Europe, standing at 9,000-feet above sea level. While the bridge itself is very safe and sturdy, it's one of the most nerve-racking in the world.
2 Baluarte Bridge
Explore this beautiful bridge located in vibrant Mexico. The 520-meter long bridge stands at 390-meters tall. The Baluarte Bridge is the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and it's also the highest bridge in all of North America.
The bridge can be found in between Pueblo Nuevo in Durango and Concordia in Sinaloa just along the Durango-Mazatlán highway.
1 Qingshui River Bridge
Last but not least, here's yet another amazing bridge you can find in you-guessed-it, China. The suspension bridge of epic proportions is nestled in Guizhou and is located 406-meters above the rushing waters of the Qingshuihe River.
It runs 1,130 meters long, making it one of the longest bridges in the world. It also features two towers which are 230-meters and 224-meters tall.