Bridges are an important part of the transportation infrastructure in rail and car traffic, but there is also the opportunity to see its breathtaking beauty while crossing a bridge on foot. The world is full of walkable structures, from major traffic bridges to ordinary rope bridges. We have listed some of the most amazing bridges in the world that can be crossed without a car, train or bicycle.
1# Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada
The 450-foot (137 m) Capilano suspension bridge may not be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It has the advantage of sitting in a rough wooded area about 15 minutes away from the busy city of Vancouver. The original bridge was built to bring the landlord to his cabin across the canyon over the Capilano River, but it has evolved into a strong cable-stayed bridge that usually serves as a popular tourist destination.
2# 516 Arouca, Portugal
The Arouca Geopark in Portugal, which opened on April 30 this year, is considered to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. At an impressive length of 1,693 feet (or 516 meters by name), it takes a full 10 minutes to cross the bridge. It spans the Paiva River between Aguieiras Falls and Paiva Gorge and is supported by two massive V-shaped towers that hold the incredibly long steel cables over the bridge.
3# Marienbrücke, Germany
Crossing the Pillat Gorge, Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) offers a spectacular view of the Neuschwanstein Castle. A slightly dilapidated wooden footbridge was originally built in 1845, but as it is relatively modern, the present design had to be rebuilt several times before it was strengthened in 1866. Since then, the bridge’s lines have been repaired, but its original barriers have been retained.
4# Golden Skybridge, British Columbia, Canada
Opening in June 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions permitted), the Golden Skybridge is one of two suspension bridges connecting Colombia’s lanes and the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Walking on two bridges with jaws, such as peaks, a 200-foot (61 m) waterfall, and a mountain river in the shallow canyons is an incredible experience. The two bridges are 427 and 262 feet (130 and 80 m) high, respectively, and form a nearly two-mile (3km) walkway with a forest footpath.
5# Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany
Hohenzollern Bridge is a pleasure to travel alone: The Iron Truss Bridge, accessible only by rail and foot traffic, offers breathtaking views of the Rhine and leads to the Gothic Cologne Cathedral, the city’s must-see. But Hohenzollern is famous for its romantic locks, a collection of tens of thousands of train mounted locks. According to legend, if a couple locks the bridge and throws the key into the Rhine, their love will last forever.
6# Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Built by salmon fishermen in 1755, this rural rope bridge spans only 66 feet (20 m) between the mainland and a small island called Carrick-a-Rede. The first bridge was built so that fishermen would not have to take a short boat ride to their homes and fishing grounds on the island. The fishing industry is now closed due to the declining fish population, but the bridge remains a popular tourist destination in general.
7# Trift Bridge, Switzerland
Situated in the highlands of the Alps, the Swiss Alpine Club’s Trift Hut could not have been accessed by climbing a glacier long ago, but the melting glacier could not finally reach the hut. As a solution to this, the Trift Bridge was built in 2004, once carrying climbers through space filled with glacial ice. The bridge is only 558 feet (170 m) long but hangs 328 feet (100 m) below the ground, much to the delight of passers-by.
8# El Caminito Del Rey bridge, Spain
The bridge is part of the world’s most dangerous trekking route. El Caminito del Rey has been transformed into King’s Avenue, with part of the bridge paved with death trails along the inner walls of a large gorge. The line was originally built for power plant workers in the early 1900s but was completely rebuilt and reopened in 2015.
9# BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago, USA
Pedestrian bridges are generally not as beautiful as bridges over water unless designed by someone like Frank Gerry the Great. Chicago’s BP Walkway connects Millennium Park and Maggie’s Daily Park through the busy Columbus Drive, giving visitors a view of Chicago as they walk. The walkway, made of silver stainless steel, was opened in 2004, and the first of Gehry’s bridge designs was completed and made available to the public.
10# Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, USA
Visitors to New York City can easily reach Brooklyn by car or subway, but it’s more fun to cross the famous Brooklyn Bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan across the East River. The bridge was opened to motor traffic only in 1883, but it is now open to passenger vehicles, cyclists and, of course, pedestrians. Walking across the bridge is a New York experience that offers spectacular views of the city sky.
11# Cirkelbroen, Copenhagen, Denmark
The name Cirkelbroen translates as the Circle Bridge, which literally means the artist Olafur Ellaisson’s design for this modern small bridge across the Christianshavn Canal in Copenhagen. The deck is made up of five circular platforms that overlap in different sizes, with each axis protruding one at a time, with each axis having a circle. The bridge is only 131 feet (40 m) long and is short in size and designed to allow pedestrians to walk slowly over it to enjoy its impact.
12# Webb Bridge, Melbourne, Australia
A bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Yarra River in Melbourne, the sculpted web bridge is a true work of art. Designed by artist Robert Owen and architect Denton Coker Marshall, the bridge uses remnants of the old Web Dockrail bridge and is a significant modern boom. Webb is instantly recognizable by its hoop design, which is intended to mimic fishing traps and the flow of the river below.
13# Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbor Bridge, nicknamed the coathanger by locals, has been an integral part of the Sydney Skyline since its opening in 1932. Formed on the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, England, the bridge’s elaborate steel arch is anchored by strong granite-faced towers. Pedestrians are welcome to cross the bridge with the stairs leading to the walkway on the east side of the bridge.
14# Kintaikyo Bridge, Iwakuni, Japan
The soft wooden arches and stone pillars of the Kintaikyo Bridge make this structure the jewel of Iwakuni, a city in the province of Yamaguchi. A bridge over the Kintaikio Nishiki River was originally built in 1673 but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1950. The townspeople, determined to re-establish the landmark, have rebuilt a real replica, which remains in place today.
15# Tower Bridge, London, UK
The Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world, was built over a period of eight years, from 1886 to 1894. The bridge symbolizes the majestic bridge towers at the corners of the two floors and the basque on the lower level. To allow boat traffic along the River Thames under that elevator. Pedestrians can move freely along the main deck (this also allows for car traffic), but tickets are required to enter the upper deck.