World's Longest Bridges

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No river is too wide for the incredible feats of engineering that are the world’s longest bridges.

Longest Inhabited Bridge: Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany

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Length: 259 ft.

Like the Old London Bridge before it and Italy’s Ponte Vecchio, the fairy tale–like Krämerbrücke, or Merchant’s Bridge, is a bit of European history preserved in the modern day. After a series of fires destroyed previous attempts to build a span over the Breitstrom river in the 12th and 13th centuries, a stone arch bridge was built in 1325. Eventually, 62 half-timbered houses were added on top, 32 of which survived till today and continue to be home to shopkeepers and artisans. This multipurpose bridge has likely inspired more contemporary versions, like Zaha Hadid’s 919-foot-long Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. erfurt-tourismus.de

World's Longest Bridges

Longest Inhabited Bridge: Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany

Length: 259 ft.

Like the Old London Bridge before it and Italy’s Ponte Vecchio, the fairy tale–like Krämerbrücke, or Merchant’s Bridge, is a bit of European history preserved in the modern day. After a series of fires destroyed previous attempts to build a span over the Breitstrom river in the 12th and 13th centuries, a stone arch bridge was built in 1325. Eventually, 62 half-timbered houses were added on top, 32 of which survived till today and continue to be home to shopkeepers and artisans. This multipurpose bridge has likely inspired more contemporary versions, like Zaha Hadid’s 919-foot-long Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. erfurt-tourismus.de

imagebroker / Alamy
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