These engineering marvels are far more than just practicalities. Indeed, there are many bridges across the globe that should be considered works of art. Click through to check out some of the planet’s most incredible bridges.
1. The Helix Bridge, Singapore
This 1,000 foot-long bridge was built to resemble — you guessed it! — a double helix. The first-of-its-kind design has won much praise across the globe.
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2. Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan
Is this the world’s scariest bridge? It sure does look like it! For many of the region’s people living in remote villages, this is the only way to connect to the larger world. Today, of course, it’s a tourist attraction.
3. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
High atop the tree canopy you’ll find this incredible walking bridge, offering picturesque views of Gunung Mat Cincang, the most famous mountain on the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi.
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4. Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany
Nope, your eyes don’t deceive you — that’s a water bridge over a river! Though construction on the bridge, which connects Berlin’s harbor with the Rhine River, began in the 1930′s, the bridge didn’t open until 2003.
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5. Ponte Vecchio, Italy
This famed bridge, built during medieval times in Florence, is home to several art dealers and jewelry shops. You might call it a marketplace-cum-public-square — all over a bridge!
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6. The Wind and Rain Bridge, China
You won’t find a single nail or rivet on this bridge. It was built in 1916 to resemble a rainbow, and is only made of thousands of pieces of wood.
7. Pythonbrug, The Netherlands
This walking bridge in the heart of Amsterdam may look tilted, but it’s actually just a clever engineering trick. It’s perfectly safe to walk across, we promise!
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8. Wildlife Bridge, Germany
There are several wildlife bridges across the globe — including many here in the United States. Though we may think of bridges as something that humans use, wildlife bridges are meant to allow animals to safely cross highways. Not too shabby!
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