SCARIEST Bridges in the World
- Published on Aug 2, 2019
- From bat-infested hideaways … to terrifying heights and dizzying drops ... Here are 16 of the scariest bridges in the world
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#7 Brave Men’s Bridge
Located within the Shiniuzhai (shie-nee-zah) National Geological Park of Hunan (hoo-nahn), you’ll find a glass suspension bridge located 180 meters (590 feet) above the ground. Stretching some 300 meters (984 feet), it’s the first glass-bottomed bridge made in China. But it didn’t start out that way. The bridge was originally made from wood. But when engineers replaced a small section with glass, the effect was so dramatic that it became an all-glass construction. Despite its scary appearance, the glass panels used are said to be 25 times stronger than normal glass panes. Its nickname suggests that anyone with the nerve to cross the bridge would have to be a brave specimen indeed.
#6 The Trift Bridge, Switzerland
If you want to visit this bridge in the Swiss Alps, be prepared for a lengthy journey. You’ll need to take a cable car and a gondola before embarking on a tough 1.5-hour hike. The pedestrian-only suspension bridge rises about 330 feet (100 m) above the Triftsee Lake and spans 560 feet (170 m). This one is actually a replacement bridge that was constructed in 2009.
#5 Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
It’s located in the central part of the state, at about 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas (ar-kan-saw) River. Spanning more than 1200 feet (366 m), it took only six months to build this bridge in 1929, when it was opened as a tourist attraction, complete with a theme park. Until 2001, this was the highest suspension bridge in the world. Nowadays it’ll have to settle for being the tallest bridge in the US. Did you know that during an annual three-day event, you can bungee jump off the bridge?
#4 Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia (lang-kow-ee)
If you're scared of heights, here's another place to skip. The term ‘Sky Bridge’ isn't used for the fun of it. Perched precariously close to 2,200 feet (671 m) above sea level on Palau (pah- l’ow) Langkawi (a Malaysian island), you’ll need a cable car to get to the top of the mountain where it’s located. The cable-stayed pedestrian bridge winds about for more than 400 feet (122 m), and was completed in 2005.
#3 Titlis Cliff Walk (teet-lis)
Located on Mount Titlis in Switzerland, this pedestrian bridge is situated about 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level. It’s regarded as Europe's highest-elevation suspension bridge. But stretching some 320 feet (98 m), it’s only 3 feet wide (91 cm)! That’s led to reports in the media calling it the “world’s scariest bridge”. Switzerland Tourism prefers to call it “a high-adrenaline kind of new adventure”. For further reassurance, officials claim that it’s impossible to fall from the bridge. What do you think?
#2 The Vitim River Bridge (vee-tim)
One of the world’s scariest road bridges is found in this area of Far-Eastern Russia. Construction on this bridge is said to have started some 30 years ago, but was never completed. In all that time it has allegedly never been repaired. It’s now a decrepit metal structure that extends around 1,640 feet (one-half kilometer) long and measures around 6 feet across (2 m). There are no fences or railings. It’s officially closed to traffic due to high winds that can sweep vehicles into the freezing river below. It’s now used mainly by daredevil locals who don’t mind patching up the bridge as they inch along the icy wooden planks. Would that be your idea of an adrenaline rush?