The 13 must see bridges in Europe

 

Country: Hungary

Built in 1849 in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, spanning the Danube River is the famous Chain Bridge. Shipped from the United Kingdom, it was at the time of its construction regarded to be one of the modern worlds engineering wonders. In 1945 during the Siege of Budapest the bridge was blown up leaving only the towers. Having been rebuilt in 1949, the Chain Bridge remains one of the Hungarian capitals most iconic structures.

13. The Chain Bridge

 

Country: France

 

Opened in 2004 near the small commune of Millau in southern France, spanning the Gorge Valley with a length of 2.46 kilometres (1.5 miles) is the Millau Viaduct. With a mast height of 343 metres (1,125 ft) it is the tallest structure in France and the tallest road bridge in the world. Ranked as one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time, visitors will be struck by the sheer scale of this enormous modern landmark.

12. Viaduc De Millau

 

Country: Switzerland

First constructed in 1333 AD in the Swiss city of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, meaning Chapel Bridge, a 204 metre (672 ft) covered wooden footbridge that spans the Reuss River. Partially destroyed by fire in 1993 and rebuilt the following year, it has become the symbol of Lucerne and one of the most visited attractions in Switzerland.

11. Kapellbrücke

 

Country: Switzerland

Opened in 2017 in Randa, Switzerland is the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, spanning 494 metres (1,621 ft) it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. Set among the beautiful surroundings of the Swiss Alps, the bridge forms part of the Europaweg, a fantastic hiking route between Zermatt and Grachen.

10. Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke

 

Country: Italy

Completed in 1591 AD in Venice, Italy is the stone arch Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the four bridges that span the cities Grand Canal. Connecting San Marco and San Polo, the beauty and historical importance of the Ponte Di Rialto has made it one of Venice's most iconic attractions.

9. Ponte Di Rialto

 

Country: Switzerland

Opened in 2009, deep within the Swiss Alps spanning a ravine, hanging 100 metres (328 ft) over the Triftsee is the 170 metre (560 ft) long Trift Bridge. Getting to it requires visitors to take a cable car, a gondola, followed by a two to five hour trek over steep and rocky ground. From its vantage point it offers incredible views of the Trift Glacier.

8. Trift Bridge

 

Country: Norway

Opened in 1989, connecting Norway's Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averoya is the Storseisundet Bridge, the longest and most famous of the eight bridges that make up the Atlantic Road, one of the continents greatest driving roads. When driving towards it, the roads unusual bend creates the illusion that it isn't connected at the other end, earning it the nickname, 'The Road To Nowhere'.

7. Storseisundet Bridge

 

Country: Czech Republic

If every city has an icon, then for the Czech capital, Prague, it's the Karluv Most, better known as the Charles Bridge. Construction began on this famous and historical bridge in 1357 AD where it was known simply as the Stone Bridge, right up until 1870 when its name changed. With three bridge towers and decorated by an alley of thirty statues it is the cities most visited location. Though the statues have all since been replaced by replicas, the originals can still be seen in the National Museum.

6. Karluv Most

 

Country: Italy

First built in the 10th century, destroyed by flood in 1117 AD, swept away again in 1333 AD and then rebuilt in 1345 AD is the Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge, spanning the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Though once very common, this medieval bridge is today one of only four bridges on the planet to have shops across its entire span. It has become symbolic of Florence and is one of the cities most visited attractions.

5. Ponte Vecchio

 

Country: France

In the far eastern end of France where the Italian, Swiss and French borders meet, between Mont Blanc and Chamonix is the Aiguille Du Midi, a 3,842 metre (12,605 ft) mountain in the Mont Blanc massif. Built in 1955 at its peak, high within the French Alps is a panoramic viewing platform that can be accessed by cable car directly from the town of Chamonix. The platform offers visitors a chance to see the great range from the top of one of France's tallest mountain. An incredible feat of engineering, it is regarded as one of the greatest viewpoints over the high mountains anywhere in the Alps.

4. Aiguille Du Midi

 

Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina

In southern Bosnia in the town of Mostar, the Stari Most or 'Old Bridge' is one of the countries most recognisable landmarks. Built in 1566 AD the arched bridge stands 20 metres (65 ft) above the river below. Considered to be one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans, it has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Stari Most

 

Country: Spain

In the south of Spain, to the west of Malaga is city of Ronda, famous for the Puente Nuevo, meaning New Bridge. Construction began in 1751 AD, and took 42 years to complete. Spanning a 120 metre (390 ft) chasm that divides the city, with a height of 98 metres (321 ft) within absolutely beautiful natural surroundings, the Puente Nuevo is one of the most iconic, dramatic, picturesque and famous bridges in the world.

2. Puente Nuevo

 

Country: England, United Kingdom

Completed in 1894 AD, often mistakenly called London Bridge, Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol of London and the United Kingdom. Its two enormous towers stand 65 metres (213 ft) high above the River Thames, where a newly built glass floor walkway at 42 metres (137 ft) above the road allows for great views over the city. Without a doubt Tower Bridge is one of the most famous and recognisable bridges in the entire world.

1. Tower Bridge

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