While some people have built bridges for functional reasons such as safe and smooth transportation, others, it seems, only wanted to have fun and develop the fear of height in poor souls like us. If you didn’t have gephyrophobia before, after looking at these 20, you’re sure to get scared!
If you’ve had the chance to visit one or a few of the bridges listed below, well done. We hope the experience was well worth the nightmares. If you haven’t, let’s cross these bridges together, one at a time.
20 of the Most Dangerous Bridges in the World
1. Royal Gorge Bridge, USA
Located in Cañon City, Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge provides a breathtaking view of the Arkansas River. All you have to do is look down from the suspension bridge at 955 feet. Doesn’t that make your heart beat faster? If it doesn’t, you’d be glad to know that the Royal Gorge Bridge is made of 1,292 wooden planks and nothing else.
It was built in 1929 and remained the highest suspension bridge in the United States. It remained an exhilarating stroll for five decades, with no stabilizing wires to support the wooden planks. Eventually, people thought of stabilizing the Royal Gorge Bridge and installing wires.
2. Sidu River Bridge, China
China is never afraid to reach new heights. Take this bridge, for example. As the second-highest bridge in the world, the Sidu River Bridge is suspended at 1,627 feet.
Sidu River Bridge connects Chongqing to Shanghai and was built as part of China’s expanding highway system. It has suspension cables that can hold weight up to 43 million tons.
So, if there ever is a traffic jam, it won’t destabilize the bridge. It is a steel construction bridge that was built with a budget of only $100 million. Still, it’s a sturdy bridge that can induce vertigo as soon as you look at the canyon below it.
Final tidbit – The bridge that bests Sidu River Bridge is Duge Bridge with 1,854 ft. deck height, also located in China.
3. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
A river running below a bridge is not scary as long as it’s stable. However, the Passu river flowing below Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan can make you lose consciousness!
The river flows with its full might, taking everything that falls in it. On top of that, Hussaini Hanging Bridge is not stable. It has been declared one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.
Hussaini Bridge hangs at about 100 ft. above the river, with 472 wooden planks covering a distance of 660 ft. The only issue is the gap between the planks that is more than enough to make a person fall if they ever slip. The bridge is also not stable with wires, and winds make it sway from side to side.
4. Seven Mile Bridge, USA
Unlike the suspended Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, this Florida bridge is a concrete one located in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s strategically designed and does not pose a threat to vehicles or people. However, crossing the bridge during a Hurricane is something you do not want to experience!
One of the least scary bridges in the world, Seven Mile Bridge, has an interesting history. It has an adjacent Old Seven bridge that was used as an old railway bridge in 1935 but later restored for vehicles. Nowadays, the old bridge is used for recreational purposes and the new Seven Mile Bridge for vehicular traffic.
5. Monkey Bridges, Vietnam
Next up is Monkey Bridges in Vietnam. As the name and image suggest, only monkeys can cross these bridges! Also, it’s not just one bridge; many Monkey Bridges are scattered across the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. While the locals had no choice but to learn monkey skills to cross these bridges, it would require regular folks like us to get some training from monkeys. Otherwise, it seems highly unlikely to cross the bridge unscathed.
They are made of bamboo logs, suspended 6.5 to 33 feet above the Delta. Each bridge consists of one long bamboo with a single bamboo railing to support the weight. It’s scary to cross these bridges, but if someone practices a few times, they should be able to get the hang of it!
6. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
Imagine paying to get scared on one of the scariest bridges in the world! Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, but every beautiful thing in this world comes with a price. While the stunning view can mesmerize anyone from locals to tourists, the bridge crossing does not give people much chance to enjoy the view!
It connects the mainland of Ballycastle with the island, the actual tourist attraction of this region. Instead of a river or canyon, there are rocks below this bridge.
Suspended at 100 feet above the rocks, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is delicate. People have to cross it at least once, but most refuse to return from the island by means of this bridge and then they have to rent a boat.
7. Storseisundet Bridge, Norway
Stable at 75 feet above sea level with a length of 850 feet, Storseisundet Bridge is the longest among the eight Atlanterhavsveien bridges. Storseisundet Bridge is a bit of a roller coaster ride that you can enjoy in your vehicle. No matter what angle you look at this bridge, it offers a different yet stunning view.
If you have never enjoyed a steep roller coaster ride, you may find Storseisundet Bridge unnerving and downright frightening. It disappears as you start crossing the bridge, and drivers cannot see a curve that’s on the other end. Some people think it’s thrilling, while others do not like the unexpected and abnormal curves.
8. U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
It still looks like it’s under construction, doesn’t it? It’s not though! U Bein Bridge has been around since 1851 and is named after the city’s mayor who built it. It is constructed using 1,086 teakwood pillars, making it one of the sturdiest and oldest wooden footbridges in the world. Does that make it less scary?
Not at all! There is no railing or support at the edge of the bridge, making it one of the scariest bridges in the world.
The lake that soaks the teakwood pillars is making them decay slowly. Locals fear that soon it will collapse without warning unless repairs are made. Despite that, tourists and locals say that U Bein Bridge has one of the best sunset views in the world.
9. Montenegro Rainforest Bridge, Costa Rica
Have you ever wanted to try Tarzan’s stunts or experience Jurassic Park without dinosaurs? If so, Montenegro Rainforest Bridge is the best place for it!
Located in the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica, surrounded by lush green trees, Montenegro Rainforest Bridge is the place where one can experience all their fears in one trip. Height, falling, and wildlife; every fear is covered in this package offered in this rainforest.
If that is not enough, imagine crossing the bridge hopping from one plank to another because some of them are missing! This can be scary for most people, but the brave ones can experience the thrilling adventure as long as they cross the missing plank areas safely.
10. The Bridge of Immortals, Huang Shang China
Huang Shang, a mountain range in China, offers one of the most beautiful views of the range from the Bridge of Immortals. It’s a sturdy bridge located between two mountains and sits above the clouds with a mesmerizing view of the sunset, landscapes, and granite peaks.
The bridge is 4,330 feet above sea level, and it may be a safe bridge to rest and watch the world around you; reaching this bridge safely is exceptionally challenging.
People who do not get tired from a long journey can enjoy the view from the Bridge of Immortals when they reach there. Hikers and climbers, specifically, will be thrilled by the adventure.
11. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
The real roller coaster bridge is Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan. Norway’s Storseisundet Bridge offers an exciting roller coaster ride, and Eshima Ohashi Bridge offers the terrifying one. Among the scariest bridges in the world we have discussed so far, this one stands out the most.
With a height of 147 feet and a length of 1.1 miles, one would think it’s not as scary as the other tall bridges in the world. However, a gradient of 6.1% makes Eshima Ohashi Bridge a peculiar one. The image shows it as a highly steep bridge, but it’s not as it looks. The ascent is gradual, as expressed by many drivers who’ve been there, but it still looks scary to us!
12. Sunshine Skyway Bridge, USA
Sunshine Skyway Bridge is not scary in the usual way but more for its unfortunate deaths. The cable-stayed bridge was initially built in 1950, and after sustaining two disasters in 1980, some part of it was demolished, and the rest used as a fishing pier. The new bridge with four lanes was opened in 1971. A bulk carrier, MV Summit Venture, collided with the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge in 1980. That’s when the bad luck began!
After the collision and death of 35 people, the bridge has had an increasing number of suicides. At least 316 people have jumped off the bridge to kill themselves, and only 47 of them have survived. The bridge is considered a bad omen for people who cross it.
While the new bridge is stable and sturdy, its fate has brought it to the list of scariest bridges in the world!
13. Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica
The collapse of the Quepos Bridge in Costa Rica will happen sooner than that of the U Bein Bridge in Myanmar. The locals call it “The Bridge of Death” because of its frail state.
Constructed in the 1930s, Quepos Bridge was a railway bridge. It is incredibly narrow with years of corrosion and loosening of planks, making it seem that the odds may not be in its favor for long.
Despite the risks, locals continue to drive their vehicles across the bridge to and from Jaco and Quepos.
People hear the clank of loose planks when they cross the bridge yet remain unscared. Those who do not have this faith in the Bridge of Death are better off without experiencing it.
14. Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
Puente de Ojuela is a suspension bridge in Mapim, Mexico, and has been around for more than a century.
The bridge is beyond repair, making it impossible for a vehicle to cross it. It has been abandoned for a long time and has only been used as a pedestrian bridge since 1991. It’s a tourist attraction that makes the ghost town of Ojuela come alive.
Suspended at 360 ft. above the canyon, the wood bridge is 1,043 feet in length. The bridge may be preferred for walking, yet it sways so much when people cross it that it scares the ones who have never been on it. Those who are not afraid of the swaying get frightened by the view of the desert canyon through the wooden floorboard gaps.
15. Vitim River Bridge, Russia
If there is a bridge that has everything wrong with it yet still stands, it’s the Vitim River Bridge in Russia!
Built in the 1980s, the bridge is only 6 ft. wide with no railing on the sides. It stays frozen most of the year, given its location in Siberia.
It’s only 50 ft above the surface of the river and stretches over 1,870 ft. in length. River Bridge is extremely dangerous with its rotting wood, and no one is paying attention to it.
Did we mention that there’s only been a few people in history who’ve been able to cross it? Yes, only 34 people have successfully crossed the bridge.
Despite all these alarming facts about the Vitim River Bridge, adrenaline addicts come from all over the world to try and cross it!
16. Mount Titlis Bridge, Switzerland
According to the Titlis Engelberg resort representatives, Mount Titlis Bridge is safe, and falling from it is impossible.
If you start walking on the bridge while chanting this, you may be successfully able to cross it! Suspended at the height of 9,977 feet from the ground, the bridge is 328 feet in length.
Some sources believe that it is the highest suspension bridge in Europe.
While casually crossing it with confidence, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire Swiss Alps. That is if you do not faint at the thought of being suspended at almost 10,000 feet above the ground!
Skiers are particularly interested in this region because they have to cross the bridge to indulge in adventure sports.
17. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
Langkawi island is a stunning tourist attraction with the world’s longest curved bridge, Langkawi Sky Bridge.
It was constructed in 2005 and has been closed a couple of times for maintenance work, but now it’s open for all. The bridge is 410 feet long with a height of 2,170 ft. above sea level, suspended using only one pylon.
The bridge offers a 360-degree view of the entire island! As a landmark of Malaysia, the construction may be an exceptional feat, but the curved element is what makes it one of the scariest bridges in the world. There are also some glass sections that allow people to look directly below at the ground (that’s more than 2000 feet!). The curved sections make the bridge unstable in some places, and that’s why cranes are required for support.
18. Canopy Walk, Ghana
Canopy and walk—that’s where the ease of this suspension bridge ends! It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ghana, located in the Kakum National Park.
It’s actually a collection of seven bridges that not only attract humans they also welcome monkeys, birds, and snakes. The bridges span over 1,150 ft. of lush treetops and offer a fantastic view of the canopy and wildlife.
At first glance, the Canopy Walk bridges look unstable, but they are made of aluminum, wire rope, and timber planks. While the bridges are stable, it’s the netting that works as guardrails that scare us. Most people find the experience of walking on these bridges unforgettable!
19. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA
We have been comparing the bridges based on their height so far; here’s one that’s the longest in the world.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is located in Louisiana and consists of two bridges. The longest one is 23.83 miles in length, and it takes approx. 25 minutes to cross one bridge. Guinness World Records lists the causeway as the longest continuous bridge over water.
There’s nothing wrong with this lake until you reach the middle 8 miles of the bridge. That’s when you won’t be able to see land!
Many times, rescue workers have been called to save anxious drivers from the bridge. If you think the no-land view will be as frightening for you as it has been for many, make sure to avoid this causeway!
20. Deception Pass Bridge, USA
Connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass Bridge seems like an upgrade from the ferry route that connected these two islands before.
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks that! The fog that surrounds the bridge makes it scary. It’s possible to drive a vehicle across the bridge with ease, but walking is absolutely terrifying.
Those who have tried the pedestrian style of crossing the Deception Pass Bridge can confirm that it looks like a haunted place.
You can’t see anything in front of you as fog covers everything on the bridge. There is a narrow pedestrian lane at the edge that offers one of the scariest experiences!
Tallest Bridge in the United States
The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is the tallest bridge in the United States. At 955 feet above sea level, it offers a stunning view of the Arkansas River below it. It has been in use since 1929, later adding stabilizing wires to make it more accessible to people. Despite its sturdiness, the bridge is not open for heavy vehicles; only passenger vehicles and pedestrians are allowed to cross it. Following its lead is the 900-feet high Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge offering a view of the Colorado River.
Highest Bridge in the World
Duge Bridge in China is the highest bridge in the world. It has a deck height of 1,854 ft. and a span of 2,360 ft. It is a cable-stayed bridge with four lanes connecting Guizhou to Yunnan province. Duge Bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge to be considered the highest bridge in the world.
It’s not only a magnificent sight, but the functionality is also worth praising. The bridge has provided a better means of transportation for people by decreasing the travel time from 4 hours to only one.
12 Most Terrifying Bridges You Don’t Want to Cross
Some people have always been frightened of bridges. People living with gephyrophobia often try to avoid crossing bridges altogether, driving miles out of their way to avoid them. Of course, quite a few bridges can be rough experiences for those with acrophobia as well. With some bridges, however, terror seems to be the only sensible response. Here, we look at 12 bridges that would turn anyone’s legs to jelly. Remember: don’t look down.
The top 20 scariest bridges in the world are an adventure spot for people who are addicted to the adrenaline rush and a nightmare for those who are afraid of heights. Some of these bridges are so fragile that they can collapse at any point. Others are sturdy enough to let heavy vehicles pass without a hitch.
If the list has gotten you excited, visit one of these bridges and experience what adrenaline addicts talk about.
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