The world is full of dangerous places. Every day, some new explorer finds a new place that goes in to challenge the adventurer in them. Often times, these places are quite normal but hard enough for the normal person to reach. But a true adventurer will find a way to reach these new heights. However, on the other hand, there are places that can run a chill down the spine of the most experienced traveller too. We have curated a list of the latter, in particular some dangerous bridges, that require nerves of steel to cross. Read on to find out more about them.
Pont de Singe, England
Only one person can cross this stunning bridge at a time, even though it is structurally sound. It’s just delicate! This looks like something straight out of a fairytale and by the looks of it, the balloons are the only thing that are holding it upright. A slight shift in the air could cause the entire bridge to topple.
Moses Bridge, Netherlands
This “inverse bridge” is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I am going to the Netherlands immediately and walking on (in?) this and never coming back. The water is parted and could flow into the bridge at any time.
Kintai Bridge, Japan
The arches of this bridge are made completely of wood, while the bases are stones. It was originally constructed in 1673 and didn’t require any renovation until 1950.
Aqueduct de los Milagros, Spain
This bizarre structure carried water over a river in Spain to a Roman city in 100CE. How cool! The sheer history of the bridge is scary enough to not make us want to cross it lest it would topple over.
Keshwa Chaca Bridge, Peru
This bridge is made entirely of woven grass. That’s all! Women who braided small, thin ropes and then men braided them into larger support cables. It’s incredibly impressive and allegedly 500 years old.
Iya Kazurabashi Bridge, Japan
Though this is visually stunning, the bridge is actually made out of wood and mountain vines. We wonder if the mountain vines are strong enough to support the weight of multiple people at a time.
Henderson Waves, Singapore
This architecturally stunning bridge is nestled right in the middle of a beautiful forest, so you can enjoy the best of industrialization and nature all at once. The wavy structure of the bridge is enough to disrupt the balance of anyone crossing it.
Deception Pass Bridge, Washington State
Although structurally sound and safe to travel, you can’t see the ground from the top, so that will require me to reroute Waze, no questions asked.
Canopy Walk, Ghana
This rope bridge is suspended 40 feet in the air. If you’re brave enough, you can totally immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings from the tops of trees.
Musou Tsuribashi Bridge, Japan
This is considered Japan’s scariest suspension bridge. It was built in the 1950s but hasn’t been maintained at all. Its only materials are wire and wooden planks. I would consider adding “fix old scary bridge” to the To-Do list maybe?
A Plank In The Sky, China
In order to walk up this mountainside, you have to harness yourself to the ropes that cascade across the flat rocks. Obviously, it would be a deadly risk to cross without taking any safety precautions.
Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
Despite the fact that this bridge, built in 1929, is indeed stable and safe, I cannot imagine any possible reason why someone would want to cross it. Even the drive is hauntingly far!
Montenegro Rainforest, Costa Rica
Though this is a beautiful bridge, completely immersed in the rainforest, you have to be extremely careful crossing as there are many missing planks.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
You can either take a ferry across the lake or walk over this super rickety footbridge. I know which one I’d choose, even though the views are beautiful. Every sane person would choose the ferry while the one brave-heart would take the footbridge.
Devil’s Bridge, Germany
This bridge was designed to create a full circle with the reflection of the water. It’s called Devil’s Bridge because many believe “only Satan could create something like this.” I’m personally unsure why.
Slaters Bridge, Cumbria
This bridge looks like something straight out of LOTR. It was built in the 18th century and is made of arch and slab. Still stable!
Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
Accurately deemed the most dangerous rope bridge in the world, the original most dangerous rope bridge is hanging next to it on the right. Neither of these look passable to me, and one wrong move is a guaranteed plunge into deep waters.
Longjiang Suspension Bridge, China
Locals wanted this bridge built in order to bypass the 8.5 mile detour to get from town to town. Though convenient, it is objectively terrifying. That drop is steep.
Cape William Moore Bridge, Alaska
This bridge is deteriorated to the point where the city has had to close it off to public use. They are in the midst of rebuilding it and opening it as a pedestrian walkway for sometime in the future due to the scenic area it rests on.
Mackinac Bridge, Michigan
Though this looks like any old bridge, there have actually been cases of wind blowing cars off of it and into the river! I will NEVER be driving here!
Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick
This bridge took 5,000 workers to complete, who persevered tirelessly through icy Canadian waters. Imagine just losing your balance over the edge of the bridge and falling into the ice-cold water below.
Carioca Aqueduct, Rio de Janeiro
Another fun and cool ~ aqueduct ~ in Rio, which was also used as a water transport. Now, it’s been renovated into a cool tram bridge.
William Preston Lane Bridge, Maryland
This tandem bridge is the easiest way to get into and out of Maryland, and the dual traffic lanes cut the travel time in half!
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
This bridge is an unbelievable 23.83 miles long. If this isn’t the longest bridge in the world, then I’m at a loss. It’s about a 35 minute drive in total, and before it was built, people had to drive all the way around the massive lake. Now, travel time is cut by close to an hour.
Mekong River Crossing, China
The Mekong River is huge and rushing and incredibly dangerous. You have to cross using only two wire tethers. You need balance and a lot of courage to even consider making it to the other side in one piece.
Mur Island Bridge, Austria
This one is interesting for sure. The spiral-style makes it look like there’s room to hang out and check out the views from the inside, but who knows! You’ll have to go to Austria to find out.
Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand
This is actually a very popular spot to bungee jump from. Look at that water! Just make sure that the harnesses are tight and secure and there is enough elasticity in the ropes to pull you back up.
Bhumibol Bridges, Bangkok
I can’t even make sense of this. This intricate design reminds me of Rainbow Road from MarioKart. Watch those edges!
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida
The original bridge was destroyed in 1980 when it was taken out by a ship, killing 35 people. It was since reconstructed into this visually stunning masterpiece.
Ponte Vasco da Gama, Lisbon
This crazy-looking bridge is almost 8 miles long. The builders have said the bridge could withstand an earthquake four times the average one!
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
This is believed to be the oldest wooden bridge in the world. Exclusively a walking bridge, it would be disastrous if a car drove across it.
Mystery Bridge, Indonesia
This is just a casual walk to school for these kids. They seem to know what they’re doing, and this type of bridge is common for people who live in exotic areas.
Monkey Bridges, Vietnam
These bridges are handmade from bamboo logs, but some of them are built overtop predator-infested waters and can be incredibly dangerous if you aren’t used to the proper crossing techniques.
Millau Viaduct, France
Rising above the valley below at 1,125 feet, it’s situated in an incredibly windy spot, so keeping the bridge stationary is a big challenge.
Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge, South Korea
This bridge is most worth checking out in the fall. Look at those stunning colors! The height of the bridge over the gorge is high enough to make the crossing unbearable for anyone.
This bridge was originally built in 1840, and though it’s since been restored for safety, the original charm still shines through!
Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
Cute nickname for this bridge? The Bridge of Death. Not kidding. This bridge is extremely hard to cross. Trucks cross it daily, but not always successfully. I’d rather take my chances elsewhere. It’s incredibly narrow and not so sturdy.
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada
Totally safe, around 80,000 tourists come through to walk along this bridge every year. It’s a great way to get your steps in and see the amazing Canadian forest!
Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Malaysia
People who enjoy heights are crazy. This is a huge tourist trap in Malaysia. Why! Why would anyone choose to potentially plummet to their deaths just for the views?
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
This is straight out of “Moonrise Kingdom” or something. This is the most idyllic thing I’ve ever seen. The only issue is that this bridge weighs virtually nothing, and wind is a problem.
Baliem River Bridge, Western New Guinea
Though this was built by some respectable local engineers, it looks like it was thrown together hastily by a bunch of children. I wouldn’t cross, 0/10.
Vitim River Bridge, Russia
What used to be an old train bride is now completely out of commission. People aren’t meant to even walk on it. Sounds haunted if you ask me.
Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
If I ever make it to Norway, this bridge alone would probably be the highlight of the trip. Look at the view!
Danyangae Kunshan Grand Bridge, Shanghai
This bridge is a terrifying 102 miles long. But the Chinese are known to make eccentric things that help with the efficient flow of goods and information across the country.
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
Though incredibly beautiful, this bridge has been closed several times over the last few years for “maintenance” purposes. Uhhh sounds sketchy to me! I will be hiking around the mountain instead.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Finished in 2004, this is the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world. The off-kilter design is what makes it so aesthetically pleasing (or nauseating) to look at. Just hope that your car’s engine does not stall before reaching the top.
Root Bridges, India
Another great root bridge! Though they’re beautiful and blend in seamlessly with nature, they’re pretty dangerous. It’s too easy to sprain your ankle if you misstep.
Hanging Bridge of Ghasa, Nepal
This is pretty safe; people and cattle tend to make this trek daily. But the heartbeat is still going to flutter when the bridge swings with the gusts of air.
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
This was once the world’s longest bridge. If you suffer from feelings of claustrophobia, despite the wide open space around you, it’s difficult to not feel trapped on this bridge. It’s a long way to the end, but connects Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. Hopefully traffic jams aren’t a problem…
Sidu River Bridge, China
This bridge is about 1,600 feet above the canyon floor and 5,000 feet across the river valley. Earning the top ranking highest bridge in the world, it offers an incredible view of the serene landscape.
Mount Titlis, Switzerland
This tourist attraction opened in the Swiss Alps in 2012 and offers expansive views of the mountains. This is 100% safe and not scary at all, confirmed.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
This huge suspension bridge has been open since 1998. It’s about four kilometers long! Even though it may look scary, the Japanese are known to build sturdy things.
Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
This bridge was originally intended to transport coal on small cars. Now, it’s only used for pedestrians since it’s unlikely that it could even support a vehicle. That’s not something I’d want to cross!
The Bridge of Immortals, Huang Shang China
Though a beautiful photo op, this bridge is way too high up to cross comfortably if you have a fear of heights.
Ai Petri Bridge, Ukraine
As cool as this might seem, this bridge is incredibly unstable when the wind picks up. You have to be pretty brave to even think about crossing.
U Bein Bridge, Burma
Balance is a necessity because this bridge has no railings. However, it’s also a great place to sit and rest and take in the views, just make sure that you do not fall over into the water below.
Suspension Glass Bridge, China
This bridge cost $3.4 million to construct, and is 100% stable and secure. It’s real glass, so you can look down into the ravine while you cross without worrying about falling through. A very cool tourist trap.
Pont du Gard, France
This bridge was built between 40 and 60 CE in France. It’s one of France’s most visited monuments, though the Eiffel Tower would like to have a word.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Though beautiful and iconic, it was once the site of the most death by suicide for years. The likelihood that it’s haunted? High.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
This crazy bridge is just as photogenic as the Opera House just beyond it. Sydney’s harbor is one of the most popular tourist attractions.