Spectacular Bridges Around the World

  • Bay Bridge, San Francisco

    They’re a means to an end: bridges are fundamentally a way to get from point A to point B. But as designs get bigger and bolder, bridges have also become destinations in their own right—as highlighted by the strong ranking of bridges in T+L’s survey of the top new landmarks.

    France’s Millau Viaduct bridge, unveiled in 2004, was a survey favorite for its daring beauty—stretching more than 8,000 feet across a gorge 1,132 feet below. It also inspires travelers to stop for a photo-op, including T+L community member avs8819, whose image of the bridge gleaming on a sunny afternoon made it into this slideshow of readers’ beautiful bridge photos.

    While the Millau Viaduct bridge has become a near-instant icon, no tribute to these spanning structures would be complete without the Brooklyn Bridge, whose masterful combination of stone archways and steel cables—juxtaposed against the Manhattan skyline—makes for absolutely breathtaking photos. 

    The Ponte Vecchio in Florence rivals the Brooklyn Bridge as one of the world’s most photographed; it draws travelers not only for its medieval good looks but for its jam-packed boutiques selling primarily gold and silver jewelry. No shopaholic will just cross this bridge over the Arno River nonchalantly—and it’s a rare tourist who leaves without a few shots of the bridge and the surrounding hills and cypress trees.

    Of course, here, too, in America, we have historic covered bridges that can stir feelings of nostalgia for a time we never actually experienced. Our slideshow includes one such wooden bridge in New Hampshire, captured in autumn against a vibrant backdrop of red and gold leaves. Vietnam also puts its own spin on covered bridges, going for bright colors and ornate tiling and figurines.

    See for yourself by clicking through these reader photos of beautiful bridges from around the globe.

  • Acosta Bridge, Jacksonville, FL

    Acosta Bridge, Jacksonville, FL

  • Covered Bridge, Albany, NH

    Covered Bridge, Albany, NH

  • Astoria-Megler Bridge, Astoria, OR

    Astoria-Megler Bridge, Astoria, OR

  • Bay Bridge, San Francisco
  • Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, CA

    Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, CA

  • Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brasilia, Brazil

    Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brasilia, Brazil

  • Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

    Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

  • Chain Bridge, Budapest

    Chain Bridge, Budapest

  • Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York City

    Gapstow Bridge, Central Park, New York City

  • Charles Bridge, Prague

    Charles Bridge, Prague

  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

    Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

  • Bridge, Guilin, China

    Bridge, Guilin, China

  • Bridge, Index, WA

    Bridge, Index, WA

  • Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

  • Malabadi Bridge, Silvan, Turkey

    Malabadi Bridge, Silvan, Turkey

  • beautiful bridges: Millau Viaduct, France

    Millau Viaduct, France

  • Millennium Bridge, London

    Millennium Bridge, London

  • Bridge, Mt. Rainier, WA

    Bridge, Mt. Rainier, WA

  • Navajo Bridge, AZ

    Navajo Bridge, AZ

  • beautiful bridges: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

    Ponte Vecchio, Florence

  • beautiful bridges: Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires

    Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires

  • Rialto Bridge, Venice

    Rialto Bridge, Venice

  • New Bridge, Ronda, Spain

    New Bridge, Ronda, Spain

  • Roosevelt Bridge, Stuart, FL

    Roosevelt Bridge, Stuart, FL

  • Bridge of Nine Turns, Yu Garden, Shanghai

    Bridge of Nine Turns, Yu Garden, Shanghai

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, FL

    Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Harbour Bridge, Sydney

    Harbour Bridge, Sydney

  • Tower Bridge, London

    Tower Bridge, London

  • Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam

    Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam

  • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston

    Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston

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