Sometimes architecture can be so singularly powerful that it comes to define a city. And while bigger, staggering buildings often get all of the love, there’s something more majestic about bridges. They aren’t usually the first thing you think of when choosing where to go on vacation, but these often-overlooked passageways can be architectural marvels.
Gone are the days when bridges were only something that connected people and places. Now, they have become so much more than that. Now, most bridges are also regarded as landmarks and are a vital part of the infrastructures of regions around the world. Some have even become city icons because of their influence and engineering wonder – looking at them via virtual travel can also take your breath way.
Across the world, people have been finding innovative ways to build sturdy spans that not only make commutes more efficient, but also add aesthetic value. A beautiful landscape is only enhanced when you’re standing on a beautiful bridge. That being said, famous bridges around the globe boast their own style and decor — whether it’s stone sculptures of animals and mythical creatures, intricate balustrades, or even decorative paint and tile work.
This is why bridges make for a great tourist attraction no matter where in the world you are. From around the world, we bring you a list of some of the most beautiful bridges, which you definitely must visit.
- Pont Alexandre III, Paris
Pont Alexandre III is probably Paris’s most ornate and elaborately designed bridge, resplendent with nymphs, winged horses, cherubs and more. Dating to the late 19th century, it soars across the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées area with Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, and is named for Russian Tsar Alexandre III.
- Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore
At its highest point Henderson Waves bridge is just over 118 feet, making it Singapore’s tallest bridge. The modern pedestrian bridge is surrounded by the region’s lush natural foliage. Designed by the U.S-based firm RSP Architects, Henderson Waves bridge connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.
- Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge was built 120 years ago over the Thames to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is to this day considered an engineering marvel and one of London’s favourite icons. It is arguably one of the most instantly recognisable structures in the entire world.
- Brooklyn Bridge, New York
The oldest suspension bridge of the USA is also a national historic landmark. Spanning over East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Completely constructed in 1883, it took about 14 years to build it. Gothic towers, criss-crossing steel cables and double arches make walking or cycling across the bridge an unforgettable experience.
- Kintai Bridge, Japan
Built in 1673 and located at the foot of Mount Yokoyama, the bridge is made up of five wooden arches. Made a national treasure in 1922, it is a popular tourist destination and part of the Kikkou park, which has a castle at the top of the same mountain.
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Among the most recognizable structures in the world, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937. Conceived by architect Irving Morrow, the Art Deco-designed building was named one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- The Twist, Norway
Completed in 2019, Bjarke Ingels Group’s is three structures in one. Part museum, part bridge, and part sculpture, the nearly 11,000 square-foot art installation primarily acts as a bridge, connecting two forested riverbanks, while also completing the route through Kistefos, northern Europe’s largest sculpture park.
All these bridges on the list are worth a visit, even via virtual travel. Travel virtually to see these beauties and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.