The main purpose of a bridge is to connect two places for efficient commuting. Architecture and technology play a very important role in its strategic construction. Some of these bridges are very simple but the others turn out to be masterpieces. While both of them solve the original problem of commute, the extraordinary ones attract tourists and become a sight to witness at least once in a lifetime. Let’s take a look at the most beautiful bridges around the world.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States
With the view of the bay around it, the Golden Gate bridge is one of the most famous attraction’s of San Francisco. The bridge spans the channel between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, linking the city of San Francisco with Marin County. It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world. The bridge has walkways and cycling paths on either side of the six vehicle traffic lanes.
Millau Viaduct, France
The Millau Viaduct is the highest bridge in the world. Opened in 2004, this four lanes bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris but shorter than the Empire State Building.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge and has become a renowned international symbol of Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. It carries railroads and roads for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic between the North Shore and the central business district of the city. The beautiful view of the bridge along with the harbour and the Sydney Opera House form the wonderful skyline of the city.
Tower Bridge London, UK
Built nearly 120 years ago over the Thames river, the Tower Bridge is to this day considered an engineering marvel and one of London’s favorite icons. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, the bridge eases road traffic while maintaining river access to the London docks. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. Both the bridge and the castle are one of the most visited monuments in the world.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It is one of New York’s best free attractions and has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists in its center above the automobile lanes. While walking from Brooklyn towards Manhattan, you will be overwhelmed by the skyline views unfolding in front of you.
So, what are you waiting for? Set your mind to a place, pack your bags, buy travel insurance and get ready to be amazed!