Maybe it is hard to believe, but bridges can be quite scary, especially for those who have a fear of height or fear of water. However, with developments in construction methods, modern bridges tend to be less scary. However, there are still dozens of truly terrifying bridges in the world. Now, let’s take a look at some of the scariest bridges in the world.
1. Titlis Cliff Walk, Engelberg, Switzerland
The Titlis Cliff Walk is famous for its height. It is suspended 1,500 feet over a glacier in the Alps in Switzerland. It is the highest suspension bridge in Europe, at over 9,000 feet above sea level.
2. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
The Langkawi Sky Bridge has been closed several times for maintenance. But, now it is open to the public once again. You may ask “why it is always closed?” Well… It is rumored that the bridge is about to collapse!
3. Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan
Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan might be the only chance for you to ride a roller coaster in your own car. This bridge has a slope of 6.1% and a height of 144 feet. Now, it’s time to fasten your seatbelt and take a roller-coaster ride in your own Toyota!
4. The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Near Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
The Carrick-a-Rede bridge is one of the most famous attractions in Northern Ireland. It connects Carrckarede island to the mainland Northern Ireland. In fact, the bridge often proves too scary for visitors, and many of them choose to take a boat back after walking across the bridge once.
5. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
The Royal Gorge Bridge was once the highest suspension bridge in the United States. It was also extremely dangerous as in 1929 when the bridge was built, there were no wind stabilization cables. Now, it has become a famous attraction. You can enjoy the dangerous bridge in a cable car if you dare to.
6. Glass Skywalk, Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China
The glass skywalk at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Park in China is the longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. It connected two cliffs in the park and stretches 1,410 feet over a 984 feet vertical drop. The Zhangjiajie National Park also inspired the world of Pandora in James Cameron's movie “Avatar“.
7. Kuandinsky Bridge, Kuanda, Russia
Kuandinsky Bridge is often considered as one of the most dangerous and scary bridges in the world. There are several reasons. First, the bridge is in a bad condition as it has rarely been repaired since being built over 30 years ago. Second, it is extremely narrow and there are no guardrails. Lastly, this area in Russia is extremely cold and very icy.
8. Monkey bridge, Vietnam
The name of the bridge speaks for itself! Travelers could be forgiven for thinking that only a monkey could cross over this bridge in Vietnam. Actually, this kind of bridge is quite usual in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. When people cross the bamboo-made bridge, their posture made travelers look like monkeys.
9. Deception Pass Bridge, Washington
Deception Pass Bridge got its name as it is often covered by fog. As you can’t see the bottom you don’t appreciate that you are 180 feet off the ground! The best thing to do is just imagine you are walking on a pedestrian walkway in the clouds.
10. Puente de Ojuela, Mexico
The Mexican bridge Puente de Ojuela has a nickname - “Bridge of Death”! It has been given such a name for a reason. The bridge seems not to have been completed as there are huge spaces on both sides of the bridge, which causes havoc for vehicles.
11. Hussaini suspension bridge, Pakistan
The Hussaini Suspension Bridge has long been considered the most dangerous bridge in the world. There are large cracks in the bridge, reminding us how hard it was to travel to certain places on this planet without modern technology. An old, shredded remain of a previous bridge also hangs next to the current one.
12.The Qeswachaka Bridge, Peru
The Qeswachaka bridge goes across the Apurimac River. The bridge is the only bridge in existence that uses the ancient construction techniques of the “Inca”. Nowadays, it is rebuilt every one or two years for maintenance.
13. Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida
This bridge was built in 1987 to replace the one destroyed when in 1980 a huge oil tanker collided with a wharf, killing 35 people. It has always been considered as a “great” place for suicide. More than 200 people have committed suicide on the bridge.
14. Aiguille du Midi, Rhône-Alpes, France
The Aiguille du Midi is relatively short. But it provides a sky-high view which allows you to view the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. It stands at the 12,602-feet-high peak in the French Alps.
15. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, Canada
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located near Vancouver in Canada. It was built in 1889 with ropes and cedar planks. Nowadays, after copious amounts of maintenance work, the bridge stands over 230 feet above the river and stretches to 460 feet in length.