Whether a modern marvel of engineering, or a crude rope structure that looks no stronger than macramé, there’s no shortage of super-scary bridges around the world. Here are some that will have you crossing with caution.
When it comes to getting from A to B, there is almost always a frightening option and we strongly recommend taking it. If you get to travel the world, you might as well let your heart travel up into your throat.
1. Carrick-a-Rede – Northern Ireland
It’s said that salmon fishermen have been constructing (and re-constructing) bridges here for the last 350 years. These days, the bridge is mostly a tourist attraction for travelers who want to experience the area’s incredible wildlife like razorbills, kittywakes, and guillemots…whatever those are!
2. Kawarau Bridge – New Zealand
As the the site of the first commercial bungy jump, this is a place daredevils know well. Apparently, naked bungy jumping is quite popular here.
3. Daedunsan Mountain Suspension Bridge – South Korea
If heights aren’t your thing, this one might not be for you. As if the bridge weren’t high enough, the section that takes you to the summit is more a ladder than a bridge. In fact, it’s virtually straight up and down so make sure you give it some thought before trying the narrow climb.
4. Trift Bridge – Switzerland
This bridge was built when the glacier below it melted to the point that pedestrians could no longer make the walk across.
5. Langkawi Sky Bridge – Malaysia
Visitors to this bridge will need to take a cable car up to the top as it’s a full 2,000 feet above sea level. Once there, spectators can marvel at the panoramic view of the mountains and Andaman Sea below.
6. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa – Nepal
Don’t be surprised if you see more animals than people on this particular bridge. It was built to solve a nearby town’s animal traffic problem and is now used by villagers and animals alike.
7. Old Hanging Bridge – Afghanistan
The scenery here is a stunner even if you never set foot on the bridge.
8. Huangshan – China
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mountains here were formed by glaciers about 100 million years ago.
9. Montenegro Rain Forest – Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s rain forests are the crown jewel in a place replete with interesting things to see.
10. U-Bein Bridge – Myanmar
Talk about eco-friendly; the teak here was salvaged from a former palace.