Dangerous, yet spectacular is the only way to describe this list.
These bridges attract more than just tourists; for some, they are a means of local transportation of people, animals or goods. But, for us, we need some insurance in order to even consider crossing these bridges.
With some of these bridges reaching as high as 2,000 feet above sea level, stretching as long as seven miles, we don’t blame you for wanting to find an alternative route.
These structures range in being handwoven by locals with materials found in the nearby jungle to being their country's largest infrastructure, with architects flying in from around the world to design and build. Do you dare to cross these bridges off your bucket list?
Below, we have compiled a list of 25 bridges we wouldn’t dare cross, unless we have life insurance, and we are hoping you feel the same.
25 Kuandinsky Bridge of Kuanda, Russia
Calling all daredevils! Located in Kuanda, Russia, Kuandinsky Bridge is the most dangerous bridge in the world. These rotting wooden planks only expand six feet wide was originally meant to be just a railway track, as part of the Trans-Baikal region.
This bridge is absolutely intimidating to visualize, but to actually know people drive on it in icy conditions sends shivers down our spine. To add to this, there are no safety features, like a railing. A risk taker's dream, tourists specifically visit this region just to see if it’s still standing.
Much to our surprise, there hasn’t even been one record of accidents occurring on this bridge.
24 Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
Another bridge we wouldn’t dare to cross is the famous Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan. It is the oldest bridge in the entire country, and as years go by, it does not get any less scary to cross. This bridge is built entirely of rope and thin planks of wood.
The purpose of building this bridge was to connect to regions of Northern Mexico together, that were separated by the lack of roads and too difficult of mountain terrain to cross.
This bridge is so scary to cross not only because of its conditions, but because of how long it is. Many tourists are intimidated to even attempt it, as it stands across a river, and it takes a significant amount of time to cross it.
23 Musou Tsuribashi Bridge, Japan
Also referred to as “Japan’s Scariest Suspension Bridge,” it is not only Japan’s oldest suspension bridge, but extremely narrow and frail. This bridge has not been well maintained, which has many tourists worried if it is in good enough condition to safely cross.
The journey to reach the bridge is just as risky, as you must climb on the side of the Japanese Alps, Musou Tsuribashi. It is significantly steep, and again not well maintained for tourists, as the only way to reach the top of the mountain is by gripping tightly to the old, metal chains.
22 Qeswachaka Bridge, Peru
The making of the Qeswachaka Bridge in Peru will either leave you either impressed or scared, considering that it is one of the last handwoven bridges left in Peru. Yes, you read that correctly- handwoven! This 118-foot bridge hands 60 feet above the Apurimac Canyon, and while the handmade skills are impressive, your stomach may sink a little.
However, due to the Quehue community in Peru, according to Atlas Obscura, this bridge has “been christened with a traditional Incan ceremonial bridge blessing and is in extremely good condition.”
21 Deception Pass Bridge, Washington
As one of the most spectacular bridges in the world, you won’t be disappointed by the structure or design of this bridge. That is, however, if you can see it.
The scariest part of crossing this bridge, on foot or by car, is that the fog will prevent you from seeing what’s ahead. It is a perfectly stable bridge, but the fog is so intense that pedestrians and drivers have a challenging time seeing what is right in front of them.
The narrow pedestrian path is right on the edge of the bridge, which makes the fog even more intimidating and spooky to walk through.
20 Puente de Ojuela, Ojuela, Mexico
Located North of Durango, this 7-kilometer long bridge should not be attempted by new drivers. Built on gravel, this old road is a steep slope.
Even though this road is meant for two cars, it is nearly impossible for two cars to drive alongside each other. For safety reasons, this bridge is now mainly occupied by pedestrians, making it a little more functional and secure.
Are you surprised to learn that this bridge was designed and built by the same people who built the Brooklyn Bridge in the USA?
19 The Trift Bridge, Near Gadmen, Switzerland
Crossing the Trift Glacier, the Trift Bridge stands north of 300 feet above Triftsee Lake.
It is a long journey to cross the bridge, giving tourists enough time to decide whether they want to face their fears and venture across. Having to take a cable car in the town of Meiringen, a gondola, and an hour and a half hike.
As a result of the bridge not being high enough to reach the top of the glacier, Trift Bridge, which was originally built in 2004, was redesigned and rebuilt in 2009. With 20,000 visitors per year, it is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the Swiss Alps.
18 Monkey Bridges, Vietnam
We think that only monkeys are suited to cross this bridge. Making the list of the world’s scariest bridges, the Monkey Bridge, located in Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, is made solely of single bamboo log and one handrail.
Vietnam Net describes that in order for humans to safely cross, they must stoop down to “monkey-like posture” so you do not fall into the river below.
While most people are too nervous to attempt this, tourists take their chances and cross to feel like they are one of the locals, and partaking in every cultural opportunity Vietnam offers.
17 The Vine Bridges of Iya Valley, Japan
Thanks to local artisans, this bridge gets repaired every three years.
But as well maintained as they are, this 150-foot bridge, 50 feet above water still leaves tourists feeling uneasy. The bridge is secured with wire and side rails.
As a curious tourist hot spot, it costs a little over five dollars to cross this bridge. The purpose of this bridge was to connect locals and tourists with the West Iya Valley, which was nearly impossible to enter before the bridge was built.
This is not the first bridge that the Japanese have built of this nature, as there are around 13 similar ones in the area.
16 The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Near Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
Originally built in the 1700s, Carrick-a-Rede Bridge aids tourists to cross the Atlantic, connecting them from coastal farmland and grassy highlands.
This steep cliff is challenging, and not just because you may look down. Due to the weather conditions in Northern Ireland, it is often significantly windy, making your trip across the rope and wooden bridge more scary than usual. You may even notice it moves on an especially windy day…
This bridge is safe and there is a lot of security surrounding the bridge to ensure this remains a popular tourist destination.
15 Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Roller coaster or road? The Eshima Ohashi Bridge, also referred to as “Roller Coaster Bridge” and “Bridge to the Sky” looks like a road straight out of an action-packed movie, looking as though it drops drivers off right at the top.
While you may feel a bit queasy driving to the top of this bridge, it is recognized as one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. The sharp rise and steep slope will convince drivers to find a new route to work, if they have a fear of heights.
14 The Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, Canada
As Vancouver’s top tourist attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is not for the faint of heart. Rising 230 feet up in the sky, this wooden, swaying bridge is not recommended for you to cross on a windy day.
While it is not the longest or highest bridge in Canada, with over 2,000 tourists per day, and 800,000 per year, it gets the most attention.
The bridge has had a bit of controversy throughout the past 15 years, and has had its fair share of negative media attention. While it is deemed safe to cross, there has been more than several accidents on the bridge, mainly as a result of the poor weather.
13 The U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar
The bridge looks like it was pulled straight from a cartoon, but it is actually one of the most popular and most photographed attractions in the entire country.
It is best to cross the shallow Taungthaman Lake during the summer months of July and August, to experience the lake at the highest point. Additionally, it is best to experience the U Bein Bridge during sunrise or sunset to watch the miraculous colours shine on the lake.
Originally, the bridge was supported by a little over a thousand wooden poles. Today, due to the amount of tourist traffic that crosses it daily, they have been replaced with concrete base supports.
12 Titlis Cliff Walk, Engelberg, Switzerland
As the highest suspension bridge in the entire continent of Europe, the Titlis Cliff Walk is no stranger to tourists facing their fear of heights and shaky legs crossing the bridge.
The bridge sits alongside Mount Titlis, beautifully located in the Swiss Alps. Titlis Cliff Walk is 500 metres off the ground, 1 metre wide and 100 metres long. Switzerland Tourism recognizes it as “a high-adrenaline kind of new adventure” and the “world’s scariest bridge.”
If you’re reading this wide-eyed and nervous, have no fear. Despite it being noted as the world’s scariest bridge, it is also known as one of the safest, and next to impossible to come into danger while crossing.
11 Ferrata Bridge at Mt Nimbus, Canada
Put the Ferrata Bridge at the top of your bucket list if you thought the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Northern British Columbia was not high enough. The Ferrata Bridge stands 1,600 feet higher than the Capilano Suspension Bridge, at 1,970 feet in total.
This bridge is more exclusive than most. You are only allowed to cross it if you are a guest of the Bobbie Burns Lodge. It gets even more exclusive, Daily Hive Vancouver explains, as a helicopter picks up the adventurers from the lodge and drops them off in the valley to begin the trek.
10 Hanging Bridge in Baliem Valley- Indonesia
In comparison to the other bridges we have showcased thus far, the Hanging Bridge over the Wamena River in Indonesia is not that high up. The scariest part of crossing this bridge is seeing how unstable it is - and it could collapse at any moment.
The Hanging bridge is made entirely of wood and vines, and that’s all. Due to the lack of flooding and water rising in Baliem Valley, bridges are made quickly in order to provide some sort of transportation and alternative method of crossing the river. You may want to sit this valley adventure out.
9 Queen Mary's Bridge- Marienbruecke, Germany
Standing at almost 300 feet above the Pollat river, you may need to have a Bavarian brew before you attempt to cross this bridge.
Don’t get us wrong- the views are beautiful as you cross the bridge. You are in perfect and clear viewing of the Neuschwanstein Castle, but if you have a fear of heights and crowds, we suggest you avoid this view.
If you do want to get a clear view and have the bridge to yourself, we suggest getting there when the sun rises. This uninterrupted adventure will give you a few moments of peace, even from that far up.
8 Mackinac Bridge, Michigan
Mackinac Bridge, otherwise known as “Mighty Mac,” is one of the most developed structures on this list, but also one of the scariest.
As a result of the bridge being so notorious for scaring drivers who cross, there has been a program set up: “The Mackinac Bridge Authority’s Drivers Assistance Program”, to aid in crossing the bridge in your own car.
Many drivers lack the confidence to cross it because of how windy it gets. It is five miles long, so it takes a bit of time, especially with traffic.
7 Canopy Walk, Ghana
The Kakum Canopy Walk in Ghana is deep in the jungle of the Kakum National park.
Originally, this bridge was built to increase the tourism rate, and it was successful. It became more of a destination for people to visit. According to Atlas Obscura, it seems like the bridge is made solely of material found in the jungle, and it gives off that illusion, instilling a little bit of fear for adventurous tourists. However, it is sturdy with wire rope and aluminum.
The bridge sits 130 feet above the ground, and if that wasn’t scary enough, in the event a tourist falls or the bridge collapse, there is a large safety net underneath, catching you.
6 Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
Quepos Bridge, or “Bridge of Death,” or the “Oh My God Bridge” makes it on the list of the World’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Bridges, and we can totally see why.
To a curious tourist, this bridge looks like it will collapse if more than two pedestrians walk across. However, the original purpose of this bridge in the early 1930s was to deliver bananas from one region to another, and according to Dangerous Roads, this bridge, in fact, was built by the “Bananera Company” to do just so.
The rickety, old wooden floor is more capable than it seems. You will just have to walk across it yourself, with or without a bunch of bananas.
5 Ghasa Bridge, Nepal
The Ghasa Bridge in Nepal is another example of a hanging bridge that will have you questioning its safety. Only if you are courageous do we recommend crossing this bridge.
However, in comparison to the hanging bridges aforementioned, this is one of the sturdiest. The main purpose of this bridge was to transport cattle from one village to the next. It is more of a means of transportation for locals, but it is a popular tourist spot.
At first, it looks incredibly fragile and that it will snap at any moment, but with all the weight that it is used to carrying, you are in safe company.
4 Seven Mile Bridge, Florida
If you’re reading this, we hope you don’t have a fear of deep oceans. This iconic bridge in southern Florida is 7 miles long and 65 feet above sea level.
This unfortunate reputation is because of the narrow, 2-lane highway that brings passengers to the southernmost tip of the state. As one of the longest bridges in the world, you can’t help but gasp as you look left and right and drive through the middle of the ocean.
The Seven Mile Bridge has been featured in action movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Mission Impossible and more.
3 Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Virginia, USA
Travel + Leisure magazine ranks Chesapeake Bay Bridge as the ninth scariest bridge in the world.
Most recently, an 18 wheeler plunged deep into the water as a result of the heavy winds. Many of the reviews blame the driver, and the rest blame the wind restriction scale. As it has not been updated in over 50 years, Pilot Online report, the blame can be placed on the lack of modernization of the bridge. There have been at least 15 accidents on this bridge since it has opened.
2 Langkawi Sky Bridge- Malaysia
You can’t argue that the view isn’t worth trekking up to the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The winding and curbing bridge in Malaysia wraps around a forested mountain and is a spectacular view from any height.
This bridge is only partially open after being fully closed in 2023 for much-needed renovations.
From Kuah and Cenang, it is a six-mile hike up to the bridge, so many tourists rent a car or order a taxi to get to the top. This futuristic looking bridge is 2,000 feet in the clouds, and will definitely have you wide-eyed and ready for adventure.
1 Royal Gorge Bridge- Colorado, USA
Unlike the rest of the bridges on this list, the Royal Gorge was built solely for tourists. Not to connect to mountains or improve transportation for locals, but just to increase the tourism value in Colorado. I mean, they did a great job. This spectacular view is estimated to be worth over $15 million USD, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.
Stepping onto the bridge, tourists are just shy of 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River. The panoramic view of the Royal Gorge may help you put your fears aside, especially knowing the number of renovations and improvements this bridge has undergone since 1929.
References: Pilot Online, Atlas Obscura, Dangerous Roads, Daily Hive