In earlier days, Hanging bridges were erected for the purpose of fast commuting. With the evolution of technology and engineering expertise, many of these bridges lost their importance and made way for the large constructions we see over huge water bodies. However, hanging bridges still exist in many parts of the world some a mere 20 feet above the ground and some thousands of feet high. Here are 20 of the most dangerous hanging bridges in the world.
Aiguille Du Midi Bridge- Mont Blanc Massif, France
This bridge in France has a major attraction where one can ride the world’s highest ascent car. It is located at a dangerously high elevation of 12,604 feet. The bridge is a link between peaks of the Aiguille Du Midi from where you can look into France, Switzerland and Italy.
El Caminito Del Rey- Malaga, Spain
Just 100 meters above sea level, this was a working bridge erected for the purpose of building pathway for workers to cross between the hydroelectric power plant. It serves no purpose now and has become a tourist attraction.
Peak Walk by Tissot- Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
This is the first suspension bridge in the world to connect two mountain peaks, View Point peak and Scex Rouge Peak in the Swiss Alps. It was built by Tissot and inaugurated in October 2015. The $2million bridge is 107 meters long.
Sochi Sky Bridge, Russia
The 439 meter long Sochi Sky Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world which has a 700 meter zip wire. Crossing it is a thrilling experience where one commands a panoramic view of the Black Sea.
Europe Bridge- Switzerland
The Europabrucke or Europe Bridge is a 494 m bridge erected 85 m above the Gradbengufer ravine in Switzerland. The bridge is located on a two day hiking trail between Zermatt and Grachen where one has beautiful views of the famous Matterhorn 4478 meters high.
Tigbao Hanging Bridge- Bohol, Philippines
Considered one of the most dangerous hanging bridges in the world, the Tigbao Hanging Bridge in Bohol Phillipines is as slippery and shaky as it gets despite hanging just 25 meters above the Loboc River. The bridge has railings of steel with bamboo flooring.
Taman Negara National Park Bridge- Titiwangsa Mountains, Malaysia
This is the longest suspension bridge in Malaysia standing 530 meters long. It stretches high above the tops of trees in Taman Negara, Malaysia.
Capilano Suspension Bridge- Vancouver, Canada
A spectacular and dangerous bridge, it was first built in 1889 making it over a century old. It was rebuilt in 1956 and stretches 127 meters across and 70 meters high above the Capilano River in Vancouver, Canada.
Hanging Bridge Of Ghasa, Nepal
A relatively safe hanging bridge fortified with side nets, this low hanging bridge in Ghasa, Nepal was initially used for herding cattle across the river but is now also used for delivering supplies to local families in the area.
Trift Bridge-Gadmen, Switzerland
Built to arrest global warming, the 170 meter bridge was erected over the Trift glacier and is accessible by cable car. Although one can easily reach the top on foot, still the bridge is required when the glacier shrinks.
The Marienbrucke- Bavaria, Germany
Also known as Queen Mary’s Bridge and named after Mary of Prussia, the Marienbrucke, is located in Bavaria, Germany and constructed by King Ludwig II. It is a 295 feet long hanging bridge running across the Pollat River. From atop of the bridge, you can get a splendid view of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The purpose of this bridge was to help fishermen cross the Gorge which was 30 meters deep and 20 meters wide. From here they could check their Salmon nets but it soon turned into a tourist attraction. Image Source: www.travelandleisure.com[/caption]
Kokonoe ‘Yume’ Grand Suspension Bridge- Oita, Japan
Built in 2006, it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The 390 meters long Kokonoe Yumne grand suspension bridge lies 173 meters high above the Naruka-gawa River.
Living Root Bridge- Meghalaya, India
The unique factor about the living root bridge is that it has been made entirely from tree roots. One of the major attractions in the area, it joins remote and accessible areas where people unable to construct bridges manipulated the growth of tree roots to grow towards the opposite bank.
Highline 170- Reutte, Austria
Another bridge that rightly qualifies to be among the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world. The Highline 170 Reutte in Austria is 403 meters long and 110 meters high. From below it truly looks eerie and dangerous suspended in mid air.
Bamboo Bridge- Arunachal Pradesh, India
Although lying low over a river in the Siang Valley, this bamboo and rope bridge can shiver and shake your nerves as you try to cross it.
Royal Gorge Bridge- Colorado, USA
This is one of the most intimidating suspension bridges in the world as it is erected at an extremely high height of 1053 feet above the ground. It is also 1270 feet long and weighs 1500 tons. It was constructed above the Colorado Gorge in USA for $350, 000.
Canopy Walk- Ghana
A very scary canopy bridge that is apart of 7 bridges in the area which cover a total distance of 330 meters and towers 40 meters high above the treetops. Constructed only out of netting and wires, it isn’t for the fainthearted.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
Known as the most dangerous hanging bridge in the world and you can see why from the image. It is hardly made of much material except for a network of ropes and planks. Used frequently by hikers in the area, it is a true test of nerves crossing it.
Monkey Bamboo Hanging Bridge- Can Tho Vietnam
The monkey hanging bridges of Vietnam as scary as they can get. Built by local residents, there are several bridges crossing rivers and gorges in Vietnam. Just walking over one will make your heart leap due to the bouncing and creaking of the bridge.