When you think of bridges, amazing and beautiful feats of engineering probably do not pop to the top of your head. Most bridges are rather bland or boring. However, there are some bridges in the world that are breathtaking. There are bridges that feature unbelievable architecture, creativity, engineering, and location. Below is a list of the top 10 coolest bridges in the world.
Number 10 – Atlantis Monorail Bridge, Dubai
Dubai is known to have some of the nicest hotels and resorts on earth. When it comes to architecture, no place in the world compares. When it comes to resorts, there are few that can stack up with the Atlantis chain. They have beautiful resorts located all over the world, but not shockingly, their resort in Dubai tops all the others. It features one of the most amazing bridges in the world, the monorail bridge that you see in the picture. The Palm Monorail as its called, stretches 3 miles from the Atlantis Palm Resort to connect on the other end with the Palm Jumeirah(a man-made archipeligo) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Number 9 – Double Helix Bridge, Singapore
The double helix bridge in Singapore China is a pedestrian bridge that features one of the most modern architectural displays of any bridge in the world. It lies in close conjunction with the bayfront bridge which allows for vehicular transportation across Marina Bay as well. This stainless steel bridge spans 280 meters to connect Marina South to Marina Centre.
Number 8 – Millau Viaduct Bridge, France
When it comes to landscape combined with architecture, few places on earth can compete with Milau Viaduct Bridge in Southern France that overlooks the scenic River Tarn Valley below. This beautiful bridge also boasts the title as the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world standing over 1100 feet above the ground at its highest peak. It was designed in 2001 by Norman Foster and Micheal Virlogeux. Still Today, it stands as one of the most modern feats of bridge architecture.
Number 7 – Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany
The Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany is one of the most unconventional bridges in the world. A bridge made totally of water with parts of it residing over land and parts residing over water. It has a total length of 920 meters, 690 over land and 230 over water. The main purpose for construction of this water bridge was to allow for the passageway of large industrial and commercial ships. The passage allows for a direct route between Rhineland and Berlin.
Number 6 – Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence Italy
The Ponte Vecchio bridge is located in Florence Italy. It overlies the Arno River at its narrowest point and is most notorious for being a tourist attraction. The bridge is filled with shops that sell a variety of souvenir items and luxury goods.
Number 5 – Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil
When it comes to scientific engineering, the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge stands alone. The never before seen design consists of 3 huge arches that stabilize the bridge. The 3 arches are connected to the curved and uphill pavement via steel cables. Through incredible engineering and mathematical application, this design has the potential for incredible longevity.
Number 4 – Tower Bridge, London England
When it comes to the London Tower Bridge, believe it or not there is more than meets the eye. In addition to looking beautiful from before, this bridge has some incredibly amazing things built in. One of the coolest attractions inside the bridge is the glass floor that connects the towers together.
Number 3 – Crab Bridge, Christmas Island Australia
The crab bridge on Christmas island Australia is the only one of its kind. The crab bridge was designed to prevent crabs from getting run over by cars during the spawning season. During the spawning season millions of crabs make the migration to the ocean to spawn. In the past crabs were run over in the thousands. However, the crab bridge uses a funnel system over 25 miles long to direct the crabs from all over and converge them onto the bridge.
Number 2 – Slauerhoffbrug Bridge, Netherlands
This incredible bridge in the Netherlands uses a robotic arm to retract and raise the bridge. This type of bridge is referred to as a tail bridge or also a Bascule bridge. Furthermore the underside of the bridge is decorated with the colors of the Netherlands flag. Perhaps, the coolest part of the bridge is the fact that it does the retraction at a very high inefficient pace/speed. This results in very brief stops and traffic that do not agitate ongoing motorist.
Number 1 – Sidu River Bridge, China
The Sidu River Bridge Is one of the newest and most amazing bridges in China. It provides a direct route over the mountains that surround Sidu the river valley below. This 1200 m long suspension bridge was built in 2009 and cost over $100 million to build. It is the star attraction as far as architecture is concerned in the Hubei Province of China.