Ten Eye-Catching Bridges

When you think of the world’s great bridges, the first that spring to mind probably include San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, London’s Tower Bridge and New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. But there are plenty more astounding bridges around the globe. Look out for these engineering wonders on your travels.

Python Bridge, Amsterdam

Officially called High Bridge, this serpentine pedestrian walkway appears to be slithering its way from Sporenburg to Borneo Island. It manages to stand out in a city filled with remarkable bridges.

Rolling bridge, London

Hydraulic rams enable this unique footbridge to curl up into an octagon when a boat (literally one – there’s a single boat moored in the inlet) needs to pass. The bridge rolls up every Friday at noon regardless of the traffic situation.

Left: Rolling bridge, London. Photo: Allover Press. Right: Banpo Bridge. Photo: Shutterstock

Left: Rolling bridge, London. Photo: Allover Press. Right: Banpo Bridge. Photo: Shutterstock

Banpo Bridge, South Korea

The two-tiered bridge across Seoul’s Han River includes the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain – officially the world’s longest bridge fountain. Its 200 colored lights and 380 water jets create a dazzling show synchronized to music.

Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore

Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore. Photo: Allover Press

Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore. Photo: Allover Press

Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge undulates dramatically 36m above the ground. Its hidden recesses give walkers a chance to rest and enjoy the views. LED lighting makes the bridge a spectacle at night.

Gateshead millennium bridge, Newcastle

Gateshead millennium bridge, Newcastle. Photo: Shutterstock

Gateshead millennium bridge, Newcastle. Photo: Shutterstock

The world’s only tilting bridge spans the River Tyne, connecting Gateshead and Manchester for pedestrians and cyclists. The entire structure tilts to make way for boat traffic.

Zhivopisny Bridge, Moscow

Zhivopisny Bridge, Moscow. Photo: Shutterstock

Zhivopisny Bridge, Moscow. Photo: Shutterstock

This spectacular road bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Europe. The most striking feature is a 105m high central arch with a suspended pod. The pod was meant to house a restaurant, but could now become a wedding venue – for matches made in heaven.

Sarajevo Bridge, Barcelona

Sarajevo Bridge, Barcelona.

Sarajevo Bridge, Barcelona.

This energy-self-sufficient city road bridge is made from a special pollution-eating concrete, which keeps the bridge and surrounding air clean. Other sustainability features include solar-powered LED lighting and glow-in-the-dark paving.

Da Vinci Bridge, Oslo

Originally designed by Leonardo in 1502, this bridge was intended to span the Golden Horn inlet in Istanbul, but the Sultan rejected the plan. Almost 500 years later, Norwegian architect Tarja Koskinen made it happen a little further north. It’s the first of Leonardo’s civil engineering designs to be built in full size.

Traversinertobel Bridge, Switzerland

Not for the fainthearted, this footbridge rises to 70m above a gorge in the Via Mala Valley. The sides of the gorge have different elevations, an issue solved by the unusual staircase design. It’s a nice replacement for a rope bridge that was destroyed in a rock slide.

Aiola Island Bridge, Austria

Designed by New York artist Vito Acconci, this footbridge across the Mur River in Graz, Austria, is more than just a way to get from A to B. The central hub houses an amphitheater, bar and playground. The bridge is beautifully illuminated at night.

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