Bridges have been around since time immemorial. Bridges form one of the most basic road infrastructures known to man. They have made life easier for the typical man. Be it on foot or in a vehicle, bridges have long served their purpose.
In the 21st century, the world has known suspension bridges that are ultra-modern, utilizing the latest technology and architecture behind its construction. These bridges are admired, appreciated, and even sought after by tourists. They are treated as architectural wonders and superb feats in engineering.
However, there are bridges all over the world that post perils and dangers to whoever is going to use them. They are the world’s scariest and most dangerous bridges. This list gives you a vicarious experience in crossing these bridges. Are you ready?
10. Ghasa Bridge – Nepal
Nepal is relatively still one of the remotest places on Earth that you can ever visit. This remote nature of the country is best exemplified by the bridges that you find dotted all over this mountainous country which has been called “the roof of the world.” The Ghasabridge is a narrow suspension bridge that is poorly constructed. Not only do many people cross it everyday. Cattle also cross this bridge – by the hundreds daily.
9. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge – United Kingdom
This bridge is located in the remote region of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. It is a bridge that was constructed 30 meters above sea level – and is literally above the ocean. This bridge is made of loose rope and is often visited by tourists who would like to try to experience crossing it – despite its perceived perils and dangers.
8. Vine Footpaths – Japan
This very narrow bridge is known only as Bridges in Ivy Valley, Japan where it is located. This bridge is a historic one – having been constructed during the time of the shogunates and were used by the ancient Japanese to protect themselves and their property from outsiders. The bridge is ultra-narrow, causing serious posture problems to people who attempt to cross it today.
7. Taman Negara National Park – Malaysia
This bridge is found in a major and touristy national park in peninsular Malaysia. It was constructed at a height of 40 meters and is a major tourist draw in Malaysia. However, this bridge becomes extremely wet and slippery during the rainy monsoon months. Hence, it becomes quite dangerous to tourists. Luckily, this bridge had not seen any accidents nor fatalities over the years – just yet.
6. Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway – Ghana
This bridge can be seen in one of Ghana’s most visited national parks. Frequented by foreign tourists and locals alike, this bridge is supported by rocks on both sides and the part of one end of the wood where the bridges stands is visibly damaged. The Ghana government is currently thinking of ways to rehabilitate this bridge due to the dangers that it poses to people who would like to cross it.
5. Trift Bridge – Switzerland
One finds this bridge at the famous Alps of Switzerland. This means that aside from the difficulty that one experiences in crossing the bridge, you also get to feel the cruel cold of the Swiss Alps. It is 110 meters above ground and was constructed in 2004.
4. Musou Tsuribashi Bridge – Japan
This bridge was constructed in 1950 and one sees that it has not aged gracefully. For one, it is narrow and quite hard to cross especially if you are a big person. Second, the protection of the bridge is very poor and quite perilous.
3. Aiguille du Midi – France
First thing’s first: This bridge is around 13,000 feet above sea level. Second, it is located in a snowy and slippery region in France. Third, only people who have real guts can cross this bridge. Want to give it a shot?
2. Foot Bridges – Pakistan
Pakistan is one of the world’s most populous nations. Sadly, it is also one of the poorest and most underdeveloped. One can see this unfortunate reality in Pakistan’s basic infrastructures such as this bridge.
1. Marienbruecke – Germany
This bridge is located in the Bavarian Alps. One would think that since this is in Germany, it actually benefits from fine German engineering. It does not and is actually the most dangerous bridge to cross in the world!