While crossing a bridge is often a part of everyday life for most people who commute long distances, it’s not as easy for everyone to make the journey across them. This is especially true when it comes to individuals who have to cross some of the most terrifying bridges in the world. Curious as to whether you’d have the guts to cross one of these for yourself? Keep reading to learn about the eleven of the scariest bridges, their features, and where they’re located so you can plan out your next trip.
Here are 11 Death-defying Bridges Around the Globe
1. Trift Bridge in Switzerland
A suspension bridge that’s nestled in the Alps, this pedestrian-only work of art reaches a height of 328 feet high while being 558 feet long. The bridge itself is barely as wide as one person, meaning you won’t be able to walk next to a friend while you’re on it. However, if you hold onto the ropes on the side, you should be able to stay steady (especially since there were cables added in 2009 to help with stability). Because this is located near the Trift Glacier up in the mountains, the bridge itself can be difficult to reach. You must travel through the ravine on a cable care to get to it. Once you’re there, you’ll have some pretty amazing views that make the scare factor well worth it.
2. Kakum National Park Canopy Walk in Ghana
Situated in the thick jungle, this is a rope-style bridge that rises 100 feet off the ground and extends for 1,000 feet in length. Although it does have handrails and netting, the shaky feeling of being on this bridge is enough to make most people who dare to try it cry in fear. Fortunately if you’re willing to try this you can feel confident knowing that it has been built with wire rope, wooden planks, and aluminum to help make it more sturdy. What’s even better is that you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Kakum National Park from high above while you’re carefully walking.
3. Langkawi Sky Bridge. Kedah in Malaysia
A 410 foot curved cable-stayed bridge, this is not for the weak of heart. It’s 2,170 feet above sea level and is located on the main island of Langkawi archipelago in Malaysia. After being opened in 2005 there were some stability issues, which led to the eventual maintenance and upgrades in 2012. It was closed for several years after this before finally being re-opened in February of 2015. Although most people say it’s scary while they’re on it, they say it’s worth the trip because the views are so stunning.
4. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA
Located near Canon City in Colorado, this bridge is a major tourist attraction that’s sure to get your blood pumping. It has been built 955 feet over the Arkansas River, which made it the highest bridge in the world until 2003. 938 feet long, this suspension bridge offers panoramic views of the river and the gorge.
5. Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan
Given the name as “the most dangerous bridge in the world”, this is one that most everyday people can’t stomach walking across. It has been designed with a weak cable system, loose plank bridges, and loose ropes for visitors to hold onto. With many of the planks missing due to the strong winds in the area, there’s a good chance you could fall into the rivers and streams it crosses while crossing it.
6. Puente de Ojuela in Mexico
Located in what’s now a ghost town in northern Mexico, this suspension bridge is the only surviving structure. It was recently rebuilt to ensure safety for those visiting, although the height and length is still a bit of a scare factor for those who cross it. Being nearly 900 feet long, this is currently only available for pedestrian use.
7. Vitim River Bridge in Russia
1,870 feet long and 50 feet above the water, this bridge is an old railway bridge that only spans 6 feet in length. This means it’s barely wide enough for a small car and can’t fit most larger vehicles. The danger doesn’t stop there, as this old metal structure now has rotten wooden planks that have become weak over time. In addition to this, it’s covered with ice for most of the year due to the frequent snow in Siberia. For those who brave crossing this, it’s important to go slow or else they could fall into the frozen water that’s just under it.
8. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Ireland
Located in Northern Island near Ballintoy, this is a rope suspension bridge that connects Carrick Island to the mainland. It’s only 65 feet in length, but that doesn’t mean it’s not terrifying. When the wind blows, this can turn into a scary experience for anyone walking along the bridge.
9. Iya Valley Vine Bridges in Japan
Reaching across the Iya River, these bridges are made from tough vines that have been woven together. The bottom is made from wood slats that are so far apart you will want to watch your step to not fall into the middle of them. Although there have been updates to try to make this safer with new hand rails, it can still be terrifying when it’s windy or raining.
10. The Old Bridge of Konitsa in Greece
Centuries old, this bridge crosses the Aoos river, which is dry during the summer but full during the winter. Because of its incredibly high arch (65 feet) and construction of stone, it can feel like a race against time crossing this in a safe manner. There’s even a bell on it, that when heard chiming, means there’s too much wind to cross it.
11. The Immortal Bridge in China
This is a different type of bridge that is made up of three huge boulders that have situated themselves between two mountains. It’s not known how long ago this bridge was built, which is located on Mount Tai, but scientists say it has been around since the last ice age. With the valley far in the distance below, not many people have the guts to cross this bridge in order to reach the other side. This is especially true due to how jagged both mountains on either side of the bridge are.