The Deadliest Bridges in the World

For bridge lovers out there, would you like to know some of the most dangerous bridges in the world? Get to know these architectural masterpieces or mishaps, and perhaps plan adventure trips to see and experience them!

The Trift Suspension Bridge of Switzerland

The Trift Suspension Bridge situated within the Trift Glacier region of the Swiss Alps is one of the highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world. Built in 2004, it was originally a three rope bridge which provided passage to hikers, who cannot directly walk to the Swiss Alpine Club’s Trift Hut because of the retreating glacier.  The bridge was rebuilt in 2009 with higher handrails and stabilizing cables. These innovations may reduce the swinging movements of the bridge, but crossing Trift is still quite a thrill as it hangs 328 feet above the ground, and can only be reached via a gondola ride through a ravine.

The Aiguille du Midi Bridge of France

The Aiguille du Midi bridge gives you an outstanding panorama of the French Alps, but you have to overcome your fear. Located at the summit of Mount Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc massif, the bridge is suspended at about 9,200 feet in the air. You will need to take a cable car to reach this height.  On a clear day, you will most likely get to see parts of Switzerland and Italy while crossing this bridge.  Thus, the ascent to the bridge must be done early in the morning to avoid cloud formations, which disrupt the views.

The U Pain Bridge of Myanmar

The U Pain Bridge is one of the premier attractions in the city of Mandalay, Myanmar.  It is definitely one of the world’s longest bridges. It provides a direct link to the two banks of Taungthaman Lake specifically situated in historical Amarapura, the capital of the Kone-boun Dynasty. Even if it’s only 15 feet high and less than a mile long, crossing the bridge can still be dangerous since it does not have handrails.  As if that is not enough, crossing U Pain is much more risky during dry season when the lake is dry and no water to soften the impact of a fall!

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge of Northern Ireland

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge has rightfully earned the spot on the world’s scariest bridges list. Located on an island of the same name, this rope bridge is suspended 100 feet in the air. To make matters worse, right below the bridge is a group of huge unmerciful rocks.  The bridge was built by fishermen who wanted an easier access to area. Today Carrick-a-Rede is a popular tourist attraction, but only the daredevils at heart can truly conquer it.

The Royal Gorge Bridge of Colorado

Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in North America. It is 1,260 feet long and is suspended around 1000 feet above the Arkansas River.  This scary bridge, which is made mainly from wood planks, has quickly become a tourist attraction. Crossing it may bring chills down your spine and leave you speechless, but you will also be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Grand Canyon.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!