From the ancient paths made of ropes and plants to modern marvels at terrifying heights, today
we look at the Scariest Bridges On Earth.
Da Nang Golden Bridge Though comfortably secured in a massive pair
of stone hands, the Golden Bridge just outside Da Nang, Vietnam, is still a stomach churning
path to walk.
The 490-foot-bridge is part of the Ba Na Hills resort and acts as an incredibly vibrant overlook.
It towers over the Ba Na Hills with an elevation of almost 4,600 feet above sea level.
Luckily, the integrity of the structure is safe with the aged appearance of the bridge
being added for effect since the Golden Bridge was built in 2018.
Trift Suspension Bridge Draping between two peaks within the Swiss
Alps is a simple suspension bridge that's been around for nearly ten years now.
The bridge is situated in proximity to the region's Trift Glacier and surrounding Triftsee
lake, a major attraction of the Alps that attracts around twenty thousand tourists annually.
Prior to the bridge's construction, this glacier was used by visitors to access the Trift Hut,
a cabin waypoint for hikers and mountaineers under the supervision of the Swiss Alpine
But as the glacier has melted, it was no longer at a height capable of traversing and the
need for a bridge was born.
The first bridge was erected in 2004, but a sturdier replacement would come just five
years later and continues to be in service to the day.
To reach the bridge, one must take a cable car from Meiringen , then catch a gondola
From there, a ninety minute hike will bring you to this narrow, nerve-rattling walkway.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Just off the northeastern coast of Northern
Island is the small island known as Carrickarede . Locals have been constructing bridges to
reach this rock for centuries, and with each new suspended path comes a new upgrade.
Originally, the bridges to this island served the simple purpose of granting access to local
salmon fishermen who would use the island as an optimal casting point.
But as time went on, the salmon of this region would dry up, making the jump from 300 salmon
caught per day in the 1960s to 300 caught per season in 2002.
Still, the island has remained a popular tourist stop thanks to the natural beauty of Carrickarede
. For many decades, the bridge was simply a single handrail with large gaps between
the planks, making for a terrifying path at 98 feet above the rocky coast, but it has
since been rebuilt multiple times, now with a wire rope and Douglas fir slats.
It's still a fairly scary walk though, especially in inclement weather, and of the hundreds
of thousands of visitors, many must be boated off the isle when faced with the task of crossing
the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge a second time.
Titlis Cliff Walk As if climbing among the Swiss Alps wasn't
frightening enough, mountaineers trekking along the Mount Titlis cliff will also have
to brave the Titlis Cliff Walk, a pedestrian bridge built at 10 thousand feet above sea
Crossing this path will require a 320 foot walk along a 3 foot-wide walkway, reducing
balance and sending chills up a climber's spine...if the weather didn't do that already.
A relatively new structure, the Titlis Cliff Walk was opened in December of 2012 and dignitaries
from 15 foreign nations attended the opening in honor of the 100th anniversary of the nearby
Unfortunately, on its opening day, a snowstorm hit the bridge, obscuring vision to just a
few feet of clarity and causing the public opening of this bridge to push back one day.
Despite the narrow walkway, its designers claim it was built to handle up to 120 mile
per hour winds and a maximum of 500 tons of snow, claiming it to be "100 percent safe".
Royal Gorge Bridge The highest bridge in the United States hangs
over the Arkansas River at the center of Colorado near Cañon City.
The star attraction of an amusement park of the same name, the Royal Gorge Bridge is a
1,260-foot-long stretch over a 955-foot fall.
It's gained popularity thanks to the 360-acre theme park in which it's situated, but even
before the park's construction, this bridge was built to be a tourist site.
When construction finished on the bridge after just 6 months in 1929, it was never intended
to be driven on.
The 350 thousand dollar bridge was able to be bypassed by road trippers thanks to Route
50, though other features added to the area helped ensure the lasting power of this wonder
of the American West.
Adding a funicular, a miniature railroad, an aerial tram, a skycoaster, gondolas and
a zip-line, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is more than just a bridge.
Still, with civilians allowed to drive over the bridge during certain hours, you'll be
hard sought to find a more thrilling bridge to cross in North America.
Kakum Canopy Walk The Central Region of Ghana is home to the
145 square foot Kakum National Park.
Tropical forests blanket this region as an ecosystem rife with exotic animals like African
elephants, monkeys, and antelopes, plus a whopping 266 species of birds as well.
But given the lush, dense jungles of the park, witnessing such rare creatures would be difficult,
and potentially dangerous, on foot.
Luckily, the Kakum Canopy Walk exists.
This great path among the treetops opened in 1995 on Earth Day and is composed of seven
different bridges that hang 130 feet above the jungle floor.
More than a thousand feet of bridge space allows visitors to get a closer look at Ghana's
While the Canopy Walk looks like a classic rope bridge, it's actually been reinforced
with wire ropes, aluminum, wooden planks, and safety netting to avoid potential falls.
Regardless, between the unknown creatures in the dark corners of the jungle and the
towering heights at which you'll have to walk, this series of bridges can still inspire fear
in those who cross them.
Vine Bridges of Iya Valley Long ago, one of the three legendary hidden
valleys of Japan was home to more than a dozen enthrallingly rustic bridges.
These walkways within the West Iya Valley were crafted from Wisteria vines that grew
from either side of the Iya River.
Once they had grown long enough, the vines were woven together along with planks separated
by 8 to 12 inches of space.
These bridges hang just 4 and a half to five stories above the waters below, but crossing
them was still tremendously treacherous thanks to the lack of any handrail.
So when visitors unfamiliar with how to properly traverse the bridge would approach the natives
of the Iya Valley, their movements often left the bridge swaying and bouncing causing the
potential invader to abruptly stop their advancement.
Today though, there are just three of these bridges left, all of which have been restored
time and again for both preservation and safety purposes.
Now they feature well-constructed sides and a closer plank spacing of about 7 inches between
Still, the Vine Bridges of the Iya Valley remain a terrifying experience for any brave
soul willing to attempt them.
Qeswachaka Bridge In the Quehue District of Peru, stretching
across the Apurimac river, is the final surviving Inca rope bridge.
Crafted entirely out of ropes made from grass, this bridge is a historic phenomenon and preserved
by the local community.
Each June, Peruvian natives treat the restoration of the bridge as an annual tradition with
families banding together to make the ropes and mats necessary for reconstruction.
This custom evolves from an ancient form of taxation, though it is done today to simply
honor ancestors along with the fertility deity of the Andes , Pachamama . Majestic in person,
this bridges reverence is only outweighed by its risk.
At just four feet wide and 92 feet long, visitors must brave a narrow path over a 220-foot drop
in order to experience the Qeswachaka Bridge in full.
Capilano Suspension Bridge The Canadian wilderness is lush and verdant
with forests stretching across the expanse of the Great White North, and there's no better
way to see those woodlands up close than while crossing this bridge.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge was first built in 1889 out of hemp ropes and cedar planks.
By 1903, though, a steel cable was installed for stability.
As the bridge would change ownership across the next century, it would endure many updates.
Local natives installed totem poles in the surrounding woods around 1935 and in 1956
the bridge was completely reconstructed from scratch.
Its current owner, Nancy Stibbard, purchased the Capilano Suspension Bridge in 1983 and
has seen the popularity of the bridge and surrounding park area surge in popularity.
Around 1.2 million visitors come to witness this attraction annually, eager to gaze down
at the Capilano River from 230 feet in the air!
Millau Viaduct This masterpiece of modern architecture spans
across the gorge valley of the Tarn, a lake just outside the French commune of Millau
. At a structural height of just over 1,100 feet, the Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge
in the world and cost 394 million euros to construct, the equivalent of 441 and a half
million US dollars.
This cable-stayed bridge is meant for automobiles as part of the highway connecting Paris to
the town of Beziers and the city of Montpellier . It was first opened at the end of 2004 after
nearly three years in construction.
The 8,000-foot-long Millau Viaduct was built to last much longer, though, with a predicted
design life of 120 years.
Despite being safely seated in your own vehicle, this is still a terrifying bridge to cross,
mainly due to its immense height and slick, minimal design.
While sturdy, the Millau Viaduct is missing much of the bulkiness of other bridges and
thus naturally elicits concern from travelers doubting its stability.
With up to 25 thousand vehicles crossing it daily, though, the Millau Viaduct has proven
itself as reliable.
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge Built within the Zhangjiajie National Forest
Park, this 1,400-foot-long suspension glass bridge connects two giant cliffs 984 feet
above the treetops below.
Originally it was intended to carry up to 800 people at a time and expected daily foot
traffic of 8,000 people per day.
But park authorities learned quickly of their folly, attracting ten times that amount throughout
the first two weeks of the bridge's opening.
It has since been improved and updated, allowing visitors access to cross as well as partake
in its 935-foot bungee-jump which is considered the highest jump on Earth.