If you’re not afraid of heights, you have a sense of adventure, and you scoff in the face of danger then you may want to check out these 25 scary bridges you’ll have to see to believe.
Trift Bridge - Switzerland
This suspended bridge spans 170 meters in length, and is extremely unstable – probably owing to the fact that it took only 6 weeks to complete. Open only during the months of June and October, this bridge is known to swing wildly when windy, so it should only be crossed in clear weather. Brave hikers will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Swiss Alps, if they dare cross.
Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge - New Zealand
As the birthplace of the world’s first commencial bungy site, the Kawarau Bridge is a pretty scary place to find yourself. This suspension bridge crosses the Kawarau River and hangs suspended some 43 meters (141 ft) above it. Hikers and bikers often cross this bridge as park of the Queenstown Trail, so if you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to check it out.
Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge - South Korea
Spanning 50 meters above the Daedunsan Provincial Park’s massive and foreboding ravine, the Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge makes its route up the mountain on a red staircase that’s very steep in many places. The bridge is park of a hike in the park and should only be attempted by those who enjoy an good adrenaline rush from time to time.
Hanging Bridge of Ghasa - Nepal
Not only does this bridge look like an ancient, abandoned rollercoaster ride, the bridge is also used to move herds of animals constantly throughout the day. If you decide to cross this hair-raising bridge, be prepared to share the space (what little of it there is), with a myriad of creatures.
Monkey Bridges - Vietnam
Comprising a single bamboo log as a floor, and a single, unstable handrail, it would seem that only a monkey would be able to cross over the infamous Monkey bridges of Vietnam without taking a tumble. If you dare to try, come ready with your towel.
Huangshan - China
Also known as the Bridge of Immortals, this narrow bridge is situated in the Yellow Mountains in China (Huangshan). The brave souls who cross this bridge will be treated to a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, and, if they’re lucky, will find that they’re looking out onto the world from within the clouds.
Montenegro Rainforest Bridge - Costa Rica
This suspension bridge is located in the Montenegro Rainforest, possibly one of the most beautiful and diverse rainforests in the world. The bridge is made of wood and is missing many of its rungs, leading to a very awkward crossing, with any wrong step leading to a potentially unfortunate resting place in the shrubs below.
U-Bein Bridge - Myanmar
Spanning 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles), the U-Bein Bridge crosses the Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar on a rickety platform made of teakwood. The bridge is held together on both sides with 1,086 pillars that come up out of the water, and looks like it’s constantly in a state of disrepair.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge - Maryland
Touted as the world’s longest steel structure that spans over water, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is part of U.S. Route 301 and is about 4.3 miles (6.9km) in length.
Langkawi Sky Bridge - Malaysia
This bridge, located at the Gunung Mat Cincang peak, can only be accessed by cable car. It hangs suspended some 700 meters above sea level, which is amazing considering that the bridge had to be built wholly on the ground before being lifted to its current place by helicopter!
Storseisundet Bridge - Norway
If you enjoy rollercoasters, you’ll absolutely adore this bridge in Norway. Although not really dangerous in any physical sense, this bridge does add an element of adventure to the crossing, owing to its steepness and open nature.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - Northern Ireland
This well-known rope bridge links between mainland Ireland and the island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 meters in length and is situated at a height of 30 meters above the rocks below. Crossing the bridge is a such a frightening experience for travelers that most prefer to return to the mainland via boat.
Capilano Suspension Bridge - Canada
With the dubious title of “one of the longest suspension bridges in the world”, the Capilano bridge in Canada crosses the Capilano river at a height of around 60 meters. There are many stories of travelers falling to their deaths from this bridge, so watch out if you decide to cross it!
Canopy walk bridge - Ghana
This bridge seperates the weary traveler from the ground with a thin sheet of wood, only 30cm in depth. It’s held in place by ropes extending about 1.30 meters up from either side, and feel as though they could snap and break at any moment.
Aiguille du Midi Bridge - France
Surrounded by the breathtaking French Alps, this bridge is perched around 4,000 meters above sea level and allows for awe-inspiring views. The only problem you might find is having to take one of the longest cable car rides on Earth to get there – about 2,700 meters up the side of the mountain.
Vitim River Bridge - Russia
During the harsh winters crossing the bridge becomes very difficult, as the wooden floor gets covered with ice and becomes slippery. One wrong move can send you and your vehicle into an uncomfortable ice bath.
Millau Viaduct - France
This cable-stayed bridge is located in the South of France, and, at a maximum height of 343 meters (1,125 feet), is the not the highest, but the tallest bridge in the world.
Royal Gorge Bridge - Colorado
Located in a theme-park in Colorado, this bridge was known as the heighest in the world until 2001, when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. It is suspended above the Arkansa river, and we suggest not stopping to look down while crossing it, for fear of extreme vertigo.
Mackinac Bridge - Michigan
The Mackinac Bridge is the world’s 3rd longest totally suspended bridge (hitting a mind-blowing 8,615 feet, or 2,627 meter). Five workers were killed during the construction of this bridge.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - Louisiana
This causeway is supported by a massive amount of concrete pilings owing to its precarious nature. It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world.
Musou Tsuribashi - Japan
This is without a doubt Japan’s scariest suspension bridge, and, at the tender age of 50 years old, the bridge looks like it’s been through a lot. There are, of course, no rails, so you better be sure-footed when crossing this rickety bridge, or you might find yourself swimming with the fish below.
Estrada Puerto Suarez - Bolivia
This thin, single-lane bridge is not only unstable and ridiculously long, it’s also constantly crossed by trains, making it an ordeal to find the exact moment when you’ll have enough time to cross unhindered.
Volgograd Bridge - Russia
This concrete bridge crosses the Volga river in Russia. It’s know to oscillate wildly during windy weather, and is often closed to traffic during bad weather.
Quepos Bridge - Costa Rica
The Quepos Bridge crossing is extremely narrow. In fact, cars can only pass it in one direction at any one time, while the cars on the other side have to wait their turn. The bridge is very shakey, and groans loudly as cars pass over it, almost as if to say, “I think I’ve had enough…”
Sidhue River Bridge - China
This suspended bridge spans more than 1,300 meters, connecting Shanghai and Chendo, and is just part of the long and dangerous mountain pass known as highway Huyu G50. At an astounding height of over 460 meters, this bridge is the highest bridge in the world.