20 Most Dangerous Bridges In the World
Whether built by desperate locals, composed of delicate-looking materials, or placed in terrifying locations, bridges that would prompt somersaults in your stomach can be found all over the world. Take a look below at the 20 most dangerous bridges in the world and decide for yourself if you’d be brave enough to cross them.
1 Ai-Petri Mount – Crimea
Ai-Petri is a well-known peak in the Crimean mountains. To reach the peak, curious tourists and locals must cross a set of wood and cables bridges suspended 4,000 feet above the ground.
In addition to the high elevation, individuals crossing this bridge must contend with the high winds on top of the mountain and the constant fog that covers the peaks. While you’ll find amazing views at the tall cross that sits on the Ai-Petri peak, walking over the dangerous cable bridges might not be worth the panoramic result.
2 Keshwa Chaca – Peru
If you think a bridge made of ropes and boards is scary, then you’ll definitely balk at the idea of crossing a bridge made of grass. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the material of the Keshwa Chaca bridge in Peru. More than 500 years ago, the Incans built much of their empire by hand-weaving bridges out of tall grass. The Keshwa Chaca is one of the few remaining examples of this innovative infrastructure.
The Keshwa Chaca bridge hangs 60 feet above a rushing river. Have no fear, however, the bridge itself isn’t 500 years old. Instead, the locals have kept the bridge in good condition by repairing every year using the techniques of their ancient ancestors.
3 Ghasa Hanging Bridge – Nepal
Another far-too-high bridge, the Ghasa hanging bridge, sits above a river in Nepal. The narrow bridge isn’t just a crossing point for humans, it’s also a way to move animals around the congested town.
Although the hanging bridge looks rickety and unsafe, it’s actually quite well-built. If you can manage to keep out of the way of passing animals and avoid looking down, crossing this bridge would certainly be an adventurous experience.
4 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – North Ireland
While crossing a bridge constructed of stone and asphalt feels perfectly safe, crossing a bridge constructed of rope understandably makes your stomach turn. It’s even more terrifying when you consider that the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in North Ireland was constructed in 1755, nearly 265 years ago.
The bridge is suspended 100 feet above a rocky ocean and leads to a gorgeous island with a small fisherman’s cottage. Although crossing the bridge is exhilarating, you can’t help but feel that the ropes might break and send you plummeting to your demise.
5 Kazurabashi Bridges – Japan
The Kazurabashi are a series of bridges that allow for travel over the Iya Valley in Tokushima, Japan. Made of vines, the bridges used to be the only way that residents of the Iya Valley could connect to the rest of the world.
While the 45-foot drop to the bottom of the ravine is scary enough, it’s also terrifying to consider that these bridges were first constructed by simply weaving vines together. Today, the bridges are reinforced with steel cables and rebuilt every three years to ensure the safety of curious tourists.
6 Eshima Ohashi Bridge – Japan
Why visit an amusement park when you can simply drive over the Eshima Ohashi Bridge? The steep nature of this bridge makes it feel like you’re riding a roller coaster as you drive across. The bridge rises steeply at the start in a 6.1% incline to allow ships to pass underneath.
While the steep drive isn’t so scary in a car, the bridge looks incredibly intimidating when viewed head-on. After that initial climb, cars still have to drive nearly a mile to reach the other side. If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to stay far away from this bridge.
7 Storseisundet Bridge – Norway
Located along the iconic Atlantic Road on the Norwegian coastline, the Storseisundet Bridge is so famous due to the unique appearance when you approach it. From a certain angle, the bridge looks like it leads to nowhere, extending into the sky with no end in sight.
Although it winds over the ocean in a somewhat concerning pattern, the bridge is entirely safe. In fact, driving over it quickly will give any passengers in your car a roller coaster-like experience. It’s a major tourist attraction along this famous road in Norway.
8 Bridge 0f Immortals – China
Located in Huangshan, China, the Bridge of Immortals sits in the middle of a mountain range between two giant, jagged rocks. At over 4,300 feet above the ground, the bridge is one of the highest in the world.
While the bridge itself is terrifying, the journey to reach the bridge is just as frightening. The path up the Yellow Mountain includes tiny wooden walkways attached to the side of sheer rocks and a chain link that acts as a rail. By the time you reach the bridge, it might be the least scary part of the entire experience.
9 Trift Bridge – Switzerland
Another suspension bridge, this pedestrian walkway is nestled in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Built in 2004, the Trift Bridge offers stunning views of the surrounding lake and glaciers.
After the bridge became an extremely popular tourist attraction, it was rebuilt in 2009 to ensure the safety of all guests. Even with the remodeling, crossing this bridge certainly takes some courage.
10 Rakotzbrücke Bridge – Germany
The Rakotzbrücke Bridge in Germany is easily one of the most beautiful structures we’ve ever seen. The bridge was specifically constructed to create a perfect circle when all the water is calm. Beautiful as it is, it’s also known as the Devil’s Bridge.
Built in 1860, the bridge features a steep incline and a rather precarious layer of stone on the footpath that doesn’t look quite safe. Although you might not want to cross this bridge, just looking at it might be satisfying enough.
11 Puente de Ojuela – Mexico
Nestled in the mountains of Mexico, the Puente de Ojuela was once a crucial element of a nearby mining town. Today, it’s considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
Finished in 1898, the bridge is 1,000 feet long and sits 327 feet above a dangerous ravine. While vehicles were once able to cross the bridge, it has now been transformed into a road strictly for pedestrians, as a car might not make it across.
12 Royal Gorge Bridge – United States
Located in Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the United States. The bridge was first completed in 1929 without wind stabilization cables.
Today, the Royal Gorge Bridge is a popular tourist attraction. Pedestrians can take a leisurely walk across the 1,260-foot bridge and step into the nearby museum to learn about all the historical significance of the gorge.
13 Vitim River Bridge – Siberia
Sitting over a river in Siberia, the Vitim Bridge is composed of a metal structure and rotting wood planks. While the structural integrity is a little concerning, the bridge is also dangerous due to the constant ice that often covers the ground in the area.
What’s more, the bridge is only six tiny feet across. If that isn’t scary enough, you should also know that there are no rails. It’s hard enough for pedestrians to cross the bridge, but it’s nearly impossible for cars to make it to the other side safely.
14 Hussaini Hanging Bridge – Pakistan
Often called the most dangerous bridge in the world, the Hussaini Hanging Bridge can hardly be considered a bridge. It sits above the Borit Lake, promising a very wet splash if you happen to fall.
In addition to the bridge’s age, it is extremely narrow and happens to be missing many of the original wood planks. One misstep could send you tumbling into the water below. You have to step carefully and use the rails to your advantage when crossing this bridge. Also, try not to look at the collapsed bridge hanging right next to the Hussaini.
15 Millau Viaduct
The Millau Viaduct may look unimpressive at first glance…until you consider that this bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower. At an astounding 1,100 feet, the bridge runs high above the Tarn River. Built in 2004, the Millau Viaduct is one of the highest cable bridges in the world. In fact, it is the highest bridge in Europe.
While the Millau Viaduct is perfectly well built, you’re sure to feel some vertigo while driving along this incredibly high bridge. You’ll be safe on this highway, but it might be difficult to convince yourself of that if you happen to look down.
16 Quepos Bridge – Costa Rica
It’s not exactly comforting when a bridge is often referred to as the Bridge of Death, rather than its actual name. Unfortunately, that’s a well-known title for the Quepos Bridge in Costa Rica.
While the bridge looks like it could collapse at any moment, cars still manage to travel over the rickety boards. Large trucks continue to make their way over the bridge and plenty of travelers pass safely, but the rundown appearance certainly doesn’t instill confidence.
17 Aiguille du Midi Bridge – France
Another French creation, the Aiguille du Midi Bridge can be found in the French Alps. Although the bridge itself isn’t intimidating, the trip up to the top of the mountain will take your breath away. By the time you reach the bridge, you’ll be more than 12,500 feet above sea level.
If you have a particularly daring nature, you can also step on a glass floor after you cross the bridge. Daredevils will love this journey, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
18 Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge – China
While some bridges feature materials that barely look like they can hold your weight, the Zhangjiajie Bridge in China uses another substance to make your knees shake: glass. Sitting 980 feet above the ground, the bridge is located in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. To give you a clear view of just how high you are off the ground, the bottom of the bridge is made of glass.
When the bridge was first built, it could hold up to 800 visitors at a time. However, it attracted so many tourists that it actually had to close in order to ensure that the bridge could handle all the foot traffic. It reopened in 2016, and it has been terrifying visitors from across the world ever since.
19 Taman Negara Canopy Walkway – Malaysia
The Taman Negara canopy walkway is a huge tourist attraction in Malaysia. The bridge is over 1700 feet long and sits roughly 130 feet above the ground.
The suspension bridge runs right through the trees of the wildlife park. Anyone who’s brave enough to cross it feels like they’re gliding through the top of a forest. While the view is certainly beautiful, most tourists only make it across the bridge by refusing to look down.
20 U Bein Bridge – Burma
The U Bein Bridge in Burma is dangerous in a different way. While it only sits about 20 feet above the water, the bridge is completely devoid of side rails.
Made in 1851, the bridge extends for about 1300 feet. It’s a popular tourist attraction in Burma, which unfortunately makes it a hot spot for crime. You have to watch your back when crossing this bridge, but you also have to be sure that you stay far away from the edges, lest you fall into the water below.