Top 10 Unique And Scary Pedestrian Bridges You Need to Visit

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-05-14 08:38:41

From ancient times, people have been building bridges since they were a necessity as they are today. Over time the construction has progressed a lot, so now, we have modern bridges that support a lot of traffic. However, some pedestrian bridges still resist the time, while others have become a tourist attraction. On the other hand, we have equally popular modern bridges built for tourist purposes. So let's take a look at unique bridges around the world and discover some scary walks!

10. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver was built over Capilano Canyon in 1889. It was made of cedar planks, while steel cables replaced hemp ropes, so it's very safe to walk over it, although it's a bit shaky. The bridge's area is full of history and preserved nature, offering astonishing views.

The bridge is a major tourist attraction in British Columbia. It combines the bridge with Treetops Adventure, consisting of seven suspension bridges 100 feet above the forest floor. Also, don't miss Cliffwalk, a girder walkway that hangs on to the granite cliff above Capilano Canyon.

9. U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

This one is considered to be the longest and the oldest teakwood bridge worldwide. The U Bein Bridge is stretching 0.75 miles across the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. Its construction using the wood from the former royal palace lasted for three years, and it was finished around 1850. Exactly 1086 pillars were needed to make it. 

During the dry season, the lake dehydrates and becomes the rice field, as throughout the rainy season is full of water and fishes. August is the best time to visit the bridge, as the water level is the highest. The best moment to take a walk over the bridge is at sunset, as the view is spectacular.

8. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA

The Royal Gorge Bridge is among the most famous suspension bridges in the USA and the highest one. It was built at 956 feet above the mighty Arkansas River in 1929. The bridge was damaged in a wildfire in 2013, so it was rebuilt in all its glory with the addition of Poma-Leitner Gondola.

This is an important tourist attraction, so the bridge has some additional features besides the gorgeous views.

For the adrenaline junkies, the USA's highest zip line will be tempting, so try the Cloudscraper Zip Line ride at 1200 feet above the Arkansas River. Moreover, one more adrenaline-pumping attraction is the Royal Rush Skycoaster – a 50 miles per hour ride at 1200 feet is thrilling as the scariest rollercoasters!

7. Langkawi SkyBridge, Malaysia

Langkawi Sky Bridge is located on Langkawi Island in Malaysia. This is a cable bridge built on Mount Mat Cincang, providing stunning views to the pedestrians. Since the opening in 2005, it has become one of the must-see tourist attractions in this part of the world.

Access to the Bridge is by cable car (the steepest in the world), which takes you 2170 ft above sea level. Hence this unique experience is not for those afraid of heights. Moreover, since 2015 the SkyGlide glass panels provide visitors a look down at the valley. SkyGlide is an elevator that connects the top station and Sky Bridge.

6. Trift Bridge, Switzerland

Trift Bridge is a steel cable suspension bridge, at 330 feet above the valley, and it's almost 560 feet long. Located among the stunning Swiss Alps, Triftbrücke (German) offers astonishing views over the Trift Glacier and turquoise blue glacier lake.

To reach the bridge, you need to take the cable car, followed by a 90 minutes hike, but the views are worth the trouble. Since its opening to the public in 2004, Trift Bridge became the favorite tourist attraction among hikers.

5. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

The North part of Northern Ireland has a unique flora and fauna and stunning geological formations. This is the location of the Giant's Causeway. The whole area is mystical and followed by many legends about the creation of basalt columns (actually made by ancient volcanic activities) on the famous Giant's steps.

At this point, we are far more interested in Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This one connects the mainland and a small island used by salmon fishermen. The shaky structure is 98 feet above the rock and water, and crossing it requires you to walk 66 feet. Quite scary but exciting at the same time.

4. Kakum Canopy Walk, Ghana

Kakum National Park in Ghana is a preserved tropical forest with endangered species living in it. Along with flora and fauna, the park has a unique attraction, Kakum Canopy Walk. It's a trail of hanging bridges high above and among the trees, offering a spectacular view of the rainforest from the bird's perspective. 

The path consists of seven bridges, with a total length of 1080 feet. This is a very narrow and quite shaky walk at more than 160 feet above the forest floor. You might be scared, but it's worth it as you'll be among the trees where only birds and monkeys usually are. 

3. The Q'eswachaka Bridge, Peru

This is a genuinely fantastic example of the community working together and one of the last remaining examples of Inka's handwoven bridges. The whole local society is included in hand making the Q'eswachaka Bridge across Apurimac Canyon.

Basically, they use more than 500 years old techniques to handmade the bridge, and they do it every year in June. The women braid the grass ropes, which are then interwoven in thicker ones until they are finally assembled into the bridge's support cables. The construction is made from scratch in just a few days, so while it's a bit shaky, it's very safe to cross.

2. Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China

This pedestrian glass-bottom bridge became a tourist attraction shortly after it was opened to the public in 2016. The skywalk connects two cliffs in Zhangjiajie National Park, and it's 980 feet above the ground. Quickly after its opening, it had to be closed for a short time to add some features, as the expected number of visitors was 8,000 a day. However, the prediction was a way of the mark, since there were ten times more tourists!

Moreover, in the middle of Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the highest bungee jumping platform in the world, located at 935 feet above the ground. The brave ones who have experienced it say that it's a unique and thrilling experience, so we'll trust their judgments. 

1. Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya, India

Meghalaya is among the highest annual rainfall regions worldwide. Hence, most of the wooden or rope bridges built there wouldn't last long, so locals had to think about alternatives. That's why they started building bridges from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree.

The roots of the tree are quite flexible and easy to shape into the bridge. Firstly, they plant it on both river banks and then shape their roots into the bridge. However, the process is very long, as it takes from ten to thirty years to build it. Moreover, the roots still grow and strengthen the structure during the time, hence the nickname's living root bridge.

As you can see, the bridges can be lovely, but also quite scary. If we have to pick one, we think that the most significant is the Q'eswachaka Bridge as it preserves ancient Inca civilization's tradition.

How about you? Which Bridge from our list made the most impression on you? Please write to us in the comment section below, as we would like to hear your thoughts.

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