If you thought a roller coaster ride was scary, then all you need to do is avoid it. Unfortunately for many living in various parts of the world, it’s not easy avoiding what is a rollercoaster ride every day. There are some bridges around the world that are so dangerous and scary that traversing their length is enough to make you tremble. Check out the world’s scariest bridges.
The Millau Viaduct Bridge, near Millau, France
The Millau Bridge is the tallest on the planet, with its main mast reaching a height of 343 m. This dazzling cable stayed bridge traverses over the valley of the River Tarn and the step cut mountainside. It commands a spectacular view of pleasant towns and villages’ below. It was constructed by British engineer Lord Norman Foster. The French President Jacques Chirac called it a “miracle of equilibrium.”
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
This futuristic bridge connects the urban cities of Matsue and Sakainimato, traversing over a mile of the Lake Nakaumi. It has an inclination of 6.1 on one side and 5.1 on the other. It was designed so that fishing fleets may pass underneath its pinnacle. In spite of the fact that it’s intended to give any driver nightmares, its route is simple once you’re on the bridge. The traffic rush is an example of how popular the bridge has become to travelers.
Titlis Suspension Bridge, Switzerland
The bridge was opened for public use in 2009. Built 500 m over the ground, it extends for 320 m and is just 3m wide. Get ready to have your senses bewildered by looking under your feet through the glass boards; at the amazing white Titlis glacier below. Its notoriety has earned it the “scariest bridge on earth’ and that’s what keeps tourists away but if you’re the gutsy sort, this ought to be the place to visit.
Sidu River Bridge, China
China is a world leader in best built bridges. Among the world’s scariest bridges, the stunning Sidu River Bridge vouches for the designing capabilities of Chinese manufacturers. This spectacular 1222 m structure goes through the valley of the Sidu River, and is situated around 550 m above ocean level. It is a part of the G50 Huyu Expressway that connects Shanghai and Chongqing in China; The entire course traverses through a stunning span of mountains and beautiful landscape. The bridge is held up by H-formed towers, and is at present the highest in the world.
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
As a pedestrian only suspension bridge, this hangs a 100 m above ocean level and is 170 m long. The stunning perspective of Lake Triftsee and the Trift Glacier is the main attraction that draws in a huge number of visitors around the globe to this peaceful place. In spite of the fact that the bridge itself is extremely steady, its negligible wiring and the wide-put wooden boards make it look very dangerous, prompting an adrenaline peak and your heart in your mouth while crossing it.
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada
Situated over the Capilano River in Vancouver, Canada, the bridge is the focal point of attraction in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Constructed 70 m above ocean level, it is 140 m long. The rich greenery of the West Coast rainforest and the quiet peacefulness of the Capilano River can be thoroughly enjoyed while strolling on the bridge. The bridge ends at another attraction, a fascinating cliffwalk clinging to the gorges of the river. It offers breathtaking views of the lovely countryside.
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
An unbelievable lengthy bridge of 210 meters, it hangs above at a height of 660m above sea level. The main features of its architecture are the suspension being held by 8 cables hanging from one single pylon that towers over the bridge. Its three curves stretch for 25 meters each. The bridge also has a triangular viewing area to soak in the spectacular tapestry of mountains and countryside.
Royal Gorge Bridge, near Canon City, Colorado
This suspension bridge is the highest in the USA. Constructed at a height of 956 m above the Arkansas River, it is an engineering marvel and the chief attraction in Colorado theme park. It is one of the oldest bridges in the country and built in 1929. Constructed with 1000 Oregon fir planks, it was built chiefly to manage vehicles which when passing make the entire bridge shake violently which adds to the thrill quotient of the structure.
Glass Skywalk, Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China
Among the world’s scariest bridges, this has got to be the worst one that may traumatize you for life. Termed the Glass walkway or “The Walk of Faith’ (they should have called it the walk of Death), it hangs just off the edge of a steep erect cliff face high up in the Tianmen Mountains. The bridge is 160 meters long and 1.6 meters wide and is situated at a height of 1430 meters above sea level. Although walking on the bridge is a hair raising experience, the skywalk is a major tourist attraction that draws in thousands every year.
The Storseisundbrua, Atlantic Highway, Norway
Aptly called the “road to nowhere’ this bridge is located on the west coast of Norway. It is the longest of the eight Atlantic highway bridges and its main feature is its optical illusion created by its architectural features, From one particular angle a driver would think he’s driving on a death leap into the sea. It gets even more eerie during storms when mile high waves crash onto the bridge making even the most death defying drivers turn away.