Pictures of the most unusual and unique bridges around the world. Images of beautiful and weird bridge designs.
Have you heard of a wave bridge, a living root bridge or a fountain bridge? Beautiful and extremely unique bridges often serve as tourists' attractions. However, most of these strange bridges of the world also serve in their original purpose: to get people and vehicles from one point to another. The unusual bridges often have a great story behind them, with history and traditions connected to them. Some of these strange unusual bridges are pearls of modern technology; others have been treasured for hundreds of years.
In this hub I've included pictures of the most unique pictures of bridges around the world, with descriptions about them. Enjoy these images of the most unique bridges of the world.
Henderson Waves, SingaporeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Southeast Asia travel guide
Henderson Waves, Singapore
This pedestrian bridge called Henderson Waves is located in Singapore. The bridge has a wave-form created from seven curved steel ribs rising over and under its deck. The curved ribs form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within. Decking is made of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in South-East Asia. The Henderson Waves bridge is lit with LED lights every night from 7p.m. to 2a.m.
This bridge is considered the tallest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, standing at 120 feet tall. It is 900 feet long.
Henderson Waves wave-form bridge connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Bridge constructed of rootsClick thumbnail to view full-size
India travel guides
Living Root Bridge in India
In the depth of the Indian jungle, some bridges are alive. Near the village of Cherrapunji, India, this bridge is made entirely of growing roots.
This area is one of the most humid places in the world, with many large plants prospering from such climate. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, takes advantage of this growth by creating bridges from it. For nearly 500 years, tribesman bended and twisted, cut and formed the roots into growing bridges. When most traditional bridges fall apart, these bridges actually grow stronger with every year. Some of the bridges are now longer than 100 feet.
Bridge and fountain in South KoreaClick thumbnail to view full-size
South Korea travel guides
Banpo Bridge, South Korea
Banpo Bridge in South Korea is a bridge and a fountain at the same time. A major bridge in downtown Seoul, the bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river about 60 feet below the deck, and shoots as far as 110 feet horizontally.
Banpo Bridge connects the Seocho and Yongsan districts. Placed over the Han River, Banpo bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming a "double deck" bridge.
Banpo Bridge is a girder bridge and was finished in 1982. The lower deck (Jamsu Bridge) accommodates pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Beautiful bridge on top of the mountain in MalaysiaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Malaysia travel guides
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia offers magnificent breath-taking views of the Andaman Sea and Thailand’s Tarutao Island.
Nearly 394 feet long, thiscurved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge is located 2,297 feet above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langkawi. Pulau Langkawi is an island in the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is accessible by cable car, which carries visitors to one of two platforms. Platforms at each end allow the visitors to take a few minutes of rest before venturing across the bridge and enjoying breath-taking views. This bridge is considered dangerous during electrical storm.
Bridge with buildings on top of it in FlorenceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Italy travel guides
Ponte Vecchio, Italy
The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy.
As interesting as it looks to modern people, Ponte Vecchio bridge has a once-usual combination of buildings and bridge. It is now one of very few that still have shops built along it. Originally, butchers and grocers occupied the shops on the bridge. Since the bridge became a tourist attraction, occupants have changed. Art dealers, jewellers and souvenir sellers now rent the spaces on the bridge.
The bridge, which could be as old as 1,006 years old is considered one of the Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridges. Ponte Vecchio consists of three segmental arches: the main arch has a span of 98 feet the two side arches each span 88 feet. The rise of the arches is as tall as 14.5 feet.
Falkirk Wheel, ScotlandClick thumbnail to view full-size
Scotland travel guides
Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal in Scotland.
About a hundred years ago, long before the Falkirk Wheel, the two canals were connected by a series of 11 locks. However, the use of this system was stopped during the 1930s and slowly fell apart. It was eventually filled in and covered with dirt. The Falkirk Wheel restored navigability across these two canals.
The Millennium Commission held a contest for the best design to link the two canals when it decided to re-connect Glasgow with Edinburgh once more. This design included a gift shop, cafe and exhibit center inside.
Magdeburg Water Bridge, GermanyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Germany travel guides
Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany
The original plans for this bridge were drawn more than 80 years ago. Canal engineers had first conceived of creating Magdeburg Water Bridge over Elbe river and joining the two waterways in 1919. By 1938, some parts of the bridge, the Rothensee boat life and bridge anchors, were in place. But with World War II and separation of Germany, the rest of the project was put on indefinite hold. Only after reunification of Germany and establishment of water transport routes Magdeburg Water Bridge project was picked up once again.
It took six years and €500 million euro to finish. The bridge, which is 3,216 feet long, now connects Berlin’s inland harbour network with the ports along the Rhine river. The aqueduct's trough structure consists of 24,000 tonnes of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete.
Hureai Bridge, JapanClick thumbnail to view full-size
Japan travel guides
Hureai Bridge, Japan
Hureai Bridge, also known as a Friendship Bridge, is unique circular pedestrian bridge located at the foot of the Hiyoshi dam near Kyoto, Japan. It is part of Hiyoshi Spring spa resort. Hureai Bridge is 260 feet long and was opened in 1997.
Japanese architect Norihiko Dan, who also planned the landscaping of the spa resort and park, designed the Hureai Bridge.
Aiola Island Bridge, AustriaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Austria travel guides
Aiola Island Bridge, Austria
More than a bridge, Aiola Island Bridge is located in the center of the Mur river in Graz, Austria, and is considered an island. American-based artist Vito Acconci created this masterpiece in 2003. Inside of the bridge, visitors are invited to enjoy sunbathing or drinking a beverage at a bar or coffee house.
Wind-Rain Bridge, China
China travel guides
Wind-Rain Bridge, China
The Chengyang Wind-Rain Bridge in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province iof China, is a covered bridge constructed in 1916.
The bridge is a combination of painting, bridge, corridor, veranda and Chinese pavilion. It has two platforms (at the two ends of the bridge), 3 piers, and 4 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors. Stone piers hold mainly wooden upper structures. The roofs are covered with tiles.
The Wind-Rain Bridge is 211 feet long, 11 feet wide and towers 33 feet above the river.