30 Most Unique Bridges in the World

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16 The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel. Image credit: Sean Mack/wikimedia.org

Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel can’t be overlooked when it comes to the most unique bridges worldwide. The world’s only rotating boat lift located in Tamfourhill connects the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal to allow easy coast-to-coast navigation across central Scotland. It opened in 2002 and raises boats by 24 meters between the two canals. (Source)

17 Sidu River Bridge, China

Sidu River Bridge
Sidu River Bridge. Image credit: Eric Sakowski/wikimedia.org

Sidu River Bridge located in the Hubei Province of China is the world’s highest bridge, standing about 1,640 feet above the Sidu River Valley. The mountain suspension bridge that opened in 2009 is 1,222 meters long. It is so high that its pilot cable was the first ever to be installed using a rocket. (Source)

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18 Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge. Image credit: DeymosHR/Shutterstock

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a popular swinging bridge crossing the Capilano River in Canada’s northern Vancouver. The bridge was originally made in 1889 from hemp ropes by a Scottish civil engineer. The hemp ropes were later replaced with wire cables in 1903. The cliff-walk bridge is 140 meters long and 70 meters above the river. (Source)

19 Nanpu Bridge, China

Nanpu Bridge
Nanpu Bridge. Image credit: Shutterstock

The Nanpu Bridge across the Huangpu River is one of the unique bridges in Shanghai, China. The cable-stayed bridge has a main span of 428 meters and a total length of 8,346 meters. It opened in 1991 and has a circular design as its main highlight. When viewed across the entire span, it looks like a dragon resting on the river, with its tail and head lying spirally over the connecting cities and zones. (1, 2)

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20 Devil’s Bridge, Germany

Devil’s Bridge
Devil’s Bridge. Image credit: Shutterstock

Located in Kromlauer Park in eastern Germany, this perfectly arched bridge is built over water. From a distance, the reflection of the stone arch creates the image of a perfect sphere. It is named “Rakotzbrücke” and carries a mystifying nickname, the “Devil’s Bridge,” which is inspired by mythical tales. The bridge was commissioned in 1860 and built with a diversity of local stones. (Source)

21 High Trestle Trail Bridge, USA

High Trestle Trail Bridge
High Trestle Trail Bridge. Image credit: RDG Planning And Design/Special To The Register via desmoinesregister.com

At around 130 feet high and nearly 770 meters long, the High Trestle Trail Bridge in Iowa, a midwestern U.S. state, is an impressive sight. This stunning piece of architecture is known to be among the largest trail bridges in the world. It was originally built in the 1970s and offers scenic views of the Des Moines River Valley. The experience becomes more surreal when the tunnel is lit up as night falls, delivering incredible views as you walk through its playful geometrical structure. (Source)

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22 Laguna Garzon Bridge, Uruguay

Laguna Garzon Bridge
Laguna Garzon Bridge. Image credit: Shutterstock

The circular bridge spanning Uruguay’s Laguna Garzón is pretty impressive. The unusual design of the iconic architectural piece forces drivers to slow down as they move across the bridge’s one-way roads that swing out wide into the lagoon. Construction of the Laguna Garzon Bridge began in September 2014 with the idea to curb speeding accidents. (Source)

23 Royal Gorge Bridge, USA

Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Gorge Bridge. Image credit: Bkthomson/wikimedia.org

Suspended 956 feet over the Arkansas River in Colorado, the Royal Gorge is the USA’s highest suspension bridge. The 1,280-foot-long steel-base structure first opened in 1929 after being constructed in just seven months. It offers spectacular views of the rugged rocky terrain and is perhaps the world’s scariest sky coaster. (Source)

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24 Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. Image credit: u photostock/Shutterstock

This glass bridge is a skywalk bridge over the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, China. Being transparent, the Zhangjiajie Glass bridge allows tourists to view the surrounding serene nature from a unique angle. The bridge opened to the public in 2016. It has a total length of 430 meters and is six meters wide. The skywalk bridge is suspended about 300 meters above the ground. (Source)

25 Lucky Knot Bridge, China

Lucky Knot Bridge
Lucky Knot Bridge. Image credit: Next Architects/businessinsider.in

The Lucky Knot Bridge spans the Dragon King Harbor River in the Chinese district Yuelu. The 185-meter-long and 24-meter-high pedestrian bridge is bright red in color. The design was inspired by the knot-tying of traditional Chinese folk art where the knot symbolizes prosperity and luck. The knot bridge opened in 2016 and offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountain range. (Source)

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26 Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Eshima Ohashi Bridge. Image credit: mstk east/eshima oohashi 04 via wikimedia.org

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan is one of the most unique bridges in the world owing to its truly extraordinary slope. Also known as the “Rollercoaster Bridge”, its unique design makes it look steeper than it is from either side. The two-lane concrete road bridge stretches 1.7 kilometers across Lake Nakaumi, linking the cities of Sakaiminato and Matsue. The bridge was built from 1997 to 2004 and is the third-largest of its kind in the world. (Source)

27 Twin Sails Bridge, England

Twin Sails Bridge
Twin Sails Bridge. Image credit: Tessa Bishop/Shutterstock

The Twin Sails Bridge is a lifting bridge in Poole, England spanning the backwater channel in Holes Bay. It opened in 2012 to connect Poole Town center to Hamworthy. The 139-meter-long bridge has unique, triangular-shaped lifting leaves that offer different views from every position when the bridge is up. In its lowered position, the structure offers mesmerizing views of the bay. (Source)

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28 Infinite Bridge, Denmark

Infinite Bridge
Infinite Bridge. Image credit: Aarhus i Billeder via visitaarhus.com

The Infinite Bridge is located on Varna beach on the outskirts of Aarhus and leads to nowhere. The circle-shaped, wooden pier has a diameter of 60 meters and is half on the beach and half in the sea. It was constructed in 2015 and currently serves as a popular excursion spot. With a wood-paneled deck and steel legs, this work of art seamlessly connects the land with the sea. (Source)

29 Peace Bridge, Canada

Peace Bridge
Peace Bridge. Image credit: Shutterstock

The Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada stretches across the Bow River. With its crisscrossed walls, the double helix, tubular truss bridge was named in honor of soldiers killed in the First World War. Its striking red color pays homage to the red of Canada’s flag. The steel tube-like structure that opened in 2012 is 130.6 meters long and 6.2 meters wide. (Source)

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30 Kenya Standard Gauge Railway, Kenya

Kenya Standard Gauge Railway
Kenya Standard Gauge Railway. Image credit: Shutterstock

This standard gauge railway bridge is a Chinese-built railway line passing through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. It links the coastal city Mombasa and the capital Nairobi with Uganda. Kenya Standard Gauge Railway was built between 2016 and 2018. In October 2019, an extension from Nairobi to Suswa was completed, extending the bridge’s length to about 578.8 kilometers. (Source)

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