The ten most beautiful bridges to see in the world

The ten most beautiful bridges to see in the world

Whether they are excessive, futuristic or historical, they do not leave indifferent those who cross them. From New York to Sydney via London, discover in photos our selection of the most famous bridges around the world.

What would London be without Tower Bridge, Venice without the Rialto Bridge or San Francisco without its Golden Gate Bridge? Thanks to their original architecture and unique history, some bridges have the status of monuments in their own right, stars of postcards and tourist programs. Discover our list of the ten most famous bridges in the world, with, each time, our original advice for stepping aside…

Tower Bridge in London, the most unusual

The two towers of Tower Bridge reach 246 meters in height. Diego Delso / delso.photo

Curious crossroads of a drawbridge and medieval towers, Tower Bridge is one of the most popular bridges in the world. This bridge over the Thames is however relatively recent: it opened to traffic in 1894, nearly 150 years after its neighbour, the honorable London Bridge. Its original neo-Gothic architecture is the work of Sir John Wolfe-Barry, a prolific British engineer, author of several other bridges in Londonincluding the Cannon Street Rail Bridge and the Blackfriars Rail Bridge.

Our advice: push the door of the museum and climb inside the towers! You will discover the operation of the hydraulic machinery that operates the bridge and enjoy unique views of London.

Rialto Bridge in Venice, the most romantic

The Rialto Bridge was the only bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice until the opening of the Accademia Bridge in 1854. Tony Hisgett

The Rialto Bridge stands out as the oldest bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice and the geographical heart of the city. A must! This bridge, 48 meters long, was built from 1588 to 1591 in Istrian stone, a limestone similar to marble. Its bold architecture for the time, with a single arch, three pedestrian passages and two rows of shops, is the work of the aptly named Antonio da Ponte. The Italian-Swiss engineer won the competition ahead of more traditional proposals, including a project proposed by the illustrious Michelangelo.

Our advice: on the sides of the Rialto Bridge, spot the four elegant sculptures. To the south, the Annunciation, to the north, the two patron saints of Venice, Theodore and Mark.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the most commercial

Ponte Vecchio, or “old bridge” in Italian, is 95 meters long. Yair Haklai

The Ponte Vecchio appears as an improbable construction game balanced on the Arno at Florence. When it opened in 1345, the shops on either side of the apron housed tanners, butchers and fishmongers. In 1593, Ferdinand I de’ Medici, indisposed by the smells, ordered their replacement by jewelers and jewelers. The luxury boutiques are still there, with their gleaming windows. In the middle of the bridge, a statue pays homage to Benvenuto Cellini, the most famous Florentine goldsmith in the 16th century.

Our advice: walk through the Vasari Corridor, at the upper level of Ponte Vecchio. This covered passage was used by the Medici family to go unescorted from Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the oldest

The Chapel Bridge and its “Wasserturm”, with Mount Pilatus in the background. ILOVESwitzerland / Pexels

Erected in 1333, the Kapellbrücke, or Chapel Bridge, holds the title of the oldest covered wooden bridge inEurope. Unfortunately, the 204 meter long bridge was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1993. Only the ends and the imposing water tower could be saved from the flames. The fire also ravaged 78 of the 111 17th century paintings that adorned the framework. Since then, the bridge has been masterfully rebuilt and reproductions of the triangular panels once again recount the epic of the Swiss.

Our advice: downstream of the Reuss, the Pont des Moulins is much less known to tourists but it deserves a visit. This bridge from 1408 houses a superb collection of paintings from the 16th century.

Charles Bridge in Prague, the most mysterious

The morning mist envelops the Charles Bridge and creates an enigmatic atmosphere. R.Boed

Connecting the old town to the castle hill of prague Since 1380, the Charles Bridge has displayed spellbinding medieval architecture, reinforced by two Gothic towers. In the 17th century, 30 statues of saints were added, including that of Saint John Nepomuk, at the spot where the saint was thrown into the Vitava River in 1393. Tourists line up to make a wish by touching the statue ! Another legend: at night, the statue of the Turkish warrior at the foot of Saint-Ivan would descend from its pedestal to pace the bridge, whip in hand. Beware of those he meets…

Our advice: will you find the intruder among the saints? This is the statue of the knight Brunswick, with his golden sword and the coat of arms of Prague on his shield.

Dom-Luís Bridge in Porto, the most French

The Dom-Luís Bridge spans the Douro to connect Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Diego Delso / delso.photo

Inaugurated in 1886 by King Louis I, whose name it bears, the Dom-Luís bridge recounts the stormy relations between Gustave Eiffel and his former partner, Théophile Seyrig. The idea of ​​the deck supported by an arch was imagined by Seyrig in 1877 for another bridge at Port, but when Eiffel wanted to take over the concept for the Garabit viaduct, in Cantal, a pecuniary dispute put an end to their collaboration. Nevertheless, the Dom-Luís bridge remains a success, which has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Unesco.

Our advice: both levels are accessible to pedestrians but the most beautiful view of Porto is revealed from the upper level, which towers over the city from a height of 45 metres.

Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the most cinephile

The Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway provides superb views of the Financial District and the One World Trade Center tower. TTstudio

The first bridge built over the East River in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge bears witness to the origin of New York. At the time, the small New York City was not yet stretched in height and Brooklyn was an independent city. Today, the characteristic silhouette of the bridge, with its stone arches and its forest of cables, alone symbolizes the Big Apple. Moreover, there are countless films and series that exhibit the bridge to locate the plot at a glance in New York, from Marathon Man to Godzilla.

Our advice: for stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge, grab a drink at Harriet’s Rooftop Bar, the rooftop bar at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, next to the bridge. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the most visible

The Golden Gate Bridge sits at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, facing the Pacific Ocean. Lucas Maystre

Impossible to miss the Golden Gate Bridge at the entrance to the bay of san francisco ! This bridge, supported by two huge pylons 230 meters high, was the longest suspension bridge in the world from 1937 to 1964. The Golden Gate Bridge also owes its fame to its bright color, known as “international orange”. A color imposed by its designer, the American architect Irving Morrow, with the nose and beard of the US Navy, who demanded that the bridge be painted yellow with black stripes.

Our advice: rent one bike at Fisherman’s Wharf and follow the bike path along the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge. The journey, which lasts about twenty minutes, offers a breathtaking panorama of the bridge.

Helix Bridge in Singapore, the most scientific

Singapore’s Helix Bridge was designed by a pool of architects led by Australian Philip Cox. Singapore Tourism Board

Inaugurated in 2010, the Helix Bridge is a 280 meter long pedestrian bridge that connects the Business District of Singapore to the residential and tourist area of ​​Marina Bay. Its architecture stands out: the deck is supported by two complex helical steel structures. An architecture directly inspired by the shape of DNA! Another find: rather than crossing the bay in a straight line, the bridge draws a wide curve in order to keep passers-by as far away as possible from the nearby road bridge.

Our advice: wait until nightfall to walk the Helix Bridge. A myriad of small blue and white lights then give the bridge an even more futuristic atmosphere.

Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, the widest

1149 meters long, the Sydney Harbor Bridge guards the entrance to Sydney Harbour. Dietmar Rabich

Time difference obliges, the sydney Harbor Bridge draws attention each year at midnight when the New Year’s Eve fireworks kick off. in English. Its shape is actually inspired by the Hell Gate Bridge, a bridge inaugurated 15 years earlier in New York… With a difference in size, however: the Sydney Harbor Bridge remains the widest bridge in the world, with 48.8 meters .

Our advice: vertigo doesn’t scare you? Follow the guide and take the stairs along the arch. An adventure of almost 3 hours which offers a spectacular view of the Australian metropolis!

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