Architecture is a form of art, a reflection of culture and innovation. What better way to understand a society than to look at its art? When you travel, you may notice differences in shape, style, color or size of different structures. You may even seek out interesting buildings that will really improve your experience. Well, next time you travel to one of these places, be sure to check out the bridges. Whether it is extremely high, creative and original, 100% natural or simply breathtaking, these bridges will change the way you think about architecture.
1. Sidu River Bridge, China
This impressive bridge, located in Badong county, is over 4,000 feet long and it is suspended over the valley of the Sidu River. If you are afraid of heights, this bridge might not be for you. It’s been the highest bridge in the world since 2009. The valley is roughly 1,500 feet deep. The bridge overlooks miles of rolling mountains and valleys that are richly green and quite spectacular.
2. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
The Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest in the world until the Sidu River Bridge was complete. Built in 1929, this bridge crosses above the Arkansas River. The walkway is 18 feet wide and unlike the Sidu River Bridge, it wasn’t built for transportation, but as a tourist attraction. There is a park which offers rides in the spirit of the bridge. For the real daredevils, bungee jumping is an option.
3. The Millau Viaduct, France
This bridge is considered by some to be one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. It even won an Outstanding Structure Award in 2006 by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. Another place of breathtaking views, this bridge is located in southern France and crosses the River Tarn in the Massif Central Mountains.
4. The Living Root Bridges, India
For all the nature gurus, these bridges are for you. Locals of the area shape the aerial roots of the banyan fig trees over time so that they form bridges. They are mostly natural, self renewing, and take about 15 years to make. Sticks, stones and other objects are also used for stabilization. The roots are strong enough to hold multiple people at one time.
5. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
The bridge is a pedestrian walkway with a curved structure to maximize the sightseeing experience. In order to reach the bridge, visitors much take a cable car to the peak of the mountain and then an inclined lift that travels to the bridge. It was under construction for some time to strengthen the structure and to put in a glass section so that visitors can look down. But it is now fully open with the same views of unlimited mountains and jungle.
6. Rakotz Bridge, Germany
This structure is slightly different than the rest. Instead of swinging hundreds of feet in the air or made of nothing but tree roots and rocks, it is an optical illusion full of local myths and tales. The bridge appears to be straight out of the medieval era, though it was built in the mid-1800’s. Also known as “The Devil’s Bridge,” it continues to be a source of wonder for visitors and photographers alike.