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Cross the world's most innovative bridges

10.08.2013
Topic Adventure Travel

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One of the most fascinating travel attractions just happens to be one of the most functional inventions - the bridge. Taking a detour to see a world-famous bridge while on your vacation can be an exciting sight-seeing adventure. Well-known bridges such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco draw millions of visitors to their steel expansions each year. However, there are many more bridges located throughout the globe that are worthy of your attention. As you plan your next globetrotting getaway, see if you can fit some of these iconic structures into your trip itinerary.

Touch the sky in Malaysia

Sitting high atop the Gunung Mat Cincang mountain, the Langkawi Sky Bridge curves along the treetops, providing a breathtaking view of Malaysia’s lush Pulau Langkawi island. The cable bridge spans 125 metres and features a deck for visitors to get out of their cars and capture the soaring landscape and glimpses of the island’s wildlife.

A tree grows in India

The Indian village of Cherrapunji claims not only the title of one of the wettest places in the world, but also one of the world’s foremost bridges. Located in eastern India, the residents of the village have been making natural bridges out of the native ficus trees for centuries by taming the roots and using only bamboo as support. Spanning 30 metres, some of the bridges can support the weight of up to 50 people. As you walk across one of these stunning natural bridges, you will be overwhelmed by the village’s serene surroundings.

The Netherlands underground

Experience the Netherlands underground not in Amsterdam, but in the little village of Halsteren near the Fort de Roovere - a major site during the Austrian War of Succession in the 1700s. Instead of building a bridge over the fort’s moat, the designers chose to partially submerge it in the water to render it nearly invisible. Constructed entirely out of waterproofed wood, the unconventional bridge blends seamlessly into its habitat while also acting like a dam. The bridge’s ability to divide the moat’s water is how it got its nickname, “The Moses Bridge.”

Going to the chapel

Located in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe. Built in 1333, the bridge has become one of Switzerland’s main tourist sites because of its striking appearance and cultural legacy - lining the interior walkway of the bridge are paintings from the 17th century that depict various moments in Lucerne’s rich history. Although the bridge and its paintings were partially destroyed in a 1993 fire, the structure was restored and remains one of the most iconic structures in Switzerland. 

London’s rolling stone

At noon each day, the Rolling Bridge over the Grand Union Canal in London curls up to one side, leaving bystanders in awe of its structural beauty and function. Completed in 2004, this movable bridge is a new, innovative take on the centuries-old drawbridge, composed of eight triangular hinged sections that coil into an octagon shape to let boats pass through. Even though it is only 12? m etres long, the Rolling Bridge has become a sight to behold in London.

An Iranian treasure

Built in 1602, the Si-o-se Pol - or the Bridge of 33 Arches - is a stunning example of the Safavid design, leftover from the ruling Iran dynasty that kicked off modern Persian history. At 295 metres long and 13.75 metres wide, the bridge is constructed entirely out of bricks and stones and features 33 perfectly crafted arches. At night, the Si-o-se Pol illuminates the Zayandeh River with glowing yellow lights under each arch.