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Too old, too narrow or too high - today those are sites of global importance attracting attention of thousands of travelers. The walk along the most dangerous bridges has become a favorite pastime for many people. If the locals are forced by necessity to pass through the old and swinging bridge, than for venturous tourists it is the best way to get adrenaline boost. Rope and suspension bridges remain the most dangerous for hundreds of years; the only their appearance is able to make blood cold. These particular bridges will be a topic of our review.

Trift Bridge, Switzerland

One of the leading positions in the list of the most dangerous bridges in the world is taken by Trift Bridge situated in the Swiss canton of Bern. It was built relatively recently, in 2004, at the initiative of one of the major energy companies that carried out works at the Trift Glacier. Five years later, the first reconstruction of the bridge took place; the construction was complemented by new stabilizing steel ropes. Initially, one of the major problems of the bridge was its huge mobility; it was swinging on the strong wind, making passage through the bridge a deadly event. This dangerous feature of the bridge has preserved to this day, despite additional strengthening.

Trift Bridge, Switzerland Passing over the eponymous lake, Trift Bridge still retains the status of the most dangerous and the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Its width is not more than a meter and length is about 170 meters. The enormous sum was spent to construct the bridge, it was more than 1.5 million Swiss francs. Currently, the place is an attractive tourist site. The bridge is only available for walking in a calm windless weather. The gorgeous panoramic view of the lake opens from Trift Bridge; in good visibility the nearby Italy can be perfectly seen. Next - Hussaini Suspension Bridge

Hussaini Suspension Bridge, Pakistan

Hussaini Suspension Bridge, Pakistan Hussaini Suspension Bridge situated in Pakistan also deserves the attention of fans of extreme entertainment. It was designed to move across the Hunza River. The current bridge is the second one. The fact is that this area is characterized by windy weather, and, therefore, the first bridge constructed of thin ropes and planks was almost completely destroyed. Some surviving elements can still be seen next to the existing bridge, which only adds excitement to tourists. Complete article

Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Northern Ireland Located in the British county of Antrim, Carrick-a-Rede Bridge has long been one of the most popular attractions of the region. It connects the main part of Ireland with the small island of Carrick, whose name literally translates as ‘stone.’ The name of the bridge, in turn, can be translated as ‘the road to the stone.’ Since old times, this small island has attracted local fishermen. They had built the first bridge to get to the island easily during salmon migration and to go fishing. The very first Carrick-a-Rede Bridge was made of ropes and every year fishermen have to rebuild it. Complete article

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada Located in the immediate vicinity of Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is considered not only extreme, but also one of the most attractive bridges on the planet. It serves to get over Capilano River. The fabulously beautiful landscape surrounded by evergreen forests can be seen there. At the entrance to the bridge you can see the totem poles that were erected in honor of the head of Squamish clan. Several hundred years ago, his tribe lived on the territory of the town; Capilano River and, later, the bridge owe their names to this person. Complete article

Puente de Ojuela, Mexico

Puente de Ojuela, Mexico Puente de Ojuela situated in Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous and mysterious places on the planet. The bridge was built over a deep canyon in 1898; it served the shortest transition from the town to Ojuela mines, where precious metals and other minerals were mined. The draft of the first bridge project was developed by sons of world-famous engineer John Roebling; the most famous of his creations is Brooklyn Bridge. Complete article

Monkey Bridges, Vietnam

Monkey Bridges, Vietnam Quite unusual facilities for waftage can be found in the southern part of Vietnam in different areas of the Mekong Delta. They only vaguely resemble classic bridges; that’s why they received an unusual name, Monkey Bridges. Contrary to the popular belief that they are suitable only for monkeys, Monkey Bridges have helped locals to cross the water for many years. Traditionally thick bamboo stalks (they are pretty slippery making it difficult to pass) were used for such constructions; former were fastened with ropes. Railings of these bridges are evanescent, so to overcome one of the monkey bridges safely, people have to move hunching over a distance like monkeys. Complete article

U Pain Bridge, Myanma

U Pain Bridge, Myanma More than 150 years ago, people of Myanmar have built the U Pain Bridge for crossing the lake Tauntome. The structure differs much from many false and rope bridges, which can be seen in other countries. Construction of the bridge began in the second half of the 19th century, during the reign of King Mindon. Main building blocks of teak columns were left after the reconstruction of an ancient palace. Powerful pillars were literally punched into the bottom of the shallow lake; each pillar was numbered. Complete article

Hanging Bridge of Ghasa, Nepal

Hanging Bridge of Ghasa, Nepal The Hanging Bridge of Ghasa situated in Nepal belongs to those facilities, the mere appearance of which is breathtaking. It is close to the village of the same name and is actively used for ferrying not only people, but also cattle. Cattle have remained the principal mean of livelihood for locals for many years. A huge amount of pets resulted in the construction of the bridge. Complete article

Root Bridges, India

Root Bridges, India Bridges constructed from living tree roots aren’t rare in India. These bridges weren’t built; they literally grew up of strong roots of the rubber tree. To start growing bridge, it’s enough to throw a wire frame across the river and monitor mighty tree roots entwining it evenly. “Construction’ of the bridge may take a few decades; bridges from living tree roots can be tens of meters long. Authors of this unusual building technology were representatives of Khasi tribe; hundreds of years ago, they adjusted communication between banks of rapid rivers this way. Complete article

Kotmale Oya Bridge, Sri Lanka

Kotmale Oya Bridge, Sri Lanka There is an extreme bridge in Sri Lanka too. Kotmale Oya Bridge goes across the rough and muddy river of the same name. The bridge has been built long time ago, so wooden boards have decayed and impressive holes formed in between. The relative strength of the bridge is provided with railings made of steel rods; even the locals don’t quit holding them. Complete article

Sarawak Bridge, Malaysia

Sarawak Bridge, Malaysia The Malaysian island of Borneo features the unique Sarawak Bridge owing its name to the nearby village. Bridge design is truly unique; it is completely built of bamboo, planks of which are attached by thin wires. Railings angled to the base of the bridge make it even more extreme. It’s also worth noting that the structure is quite fragile and can withstand no more than two adults at the same time. Complete article

Keshwa Chaca Bridge, Peru

Keshwa Chaca Bridge, Peru Dangerous rope bridges have also survived on the planet. One of them is located in Peru. Many travelers know Keshwa Chaca Bridge as the Inca Rope Bridge. The very first such bridges began to appear during the Inca Empire. The secret of longevity and durability of bridges is very simple - they were constructed using durable vines and twigs, which were weaved into tight ropes. Hundreds of years ago, the Incas have built solid bridges with railings; constructions have been carefully tended and repaired. In the village there could be several bridges crossing deep gorges; the status of each bridge was monitored by specially appointed people. Complete article

Royal Gorge Bridge, USA

Royal Gorge Bridge, USA The bridge passing over the Royal Gorge in Colorado is considered the most dangerous and spectacular constructions in the United States. It is one of the few bridges in the world, which was originally built for tourist purposes. Opening of the bridge took place in 1929; almost a hundred years curious tourists come there to admire the panoramic view of the Royal Gorge and Arkansas River flowing below. Fans of extreme entertainment are attracted mainly by height of the bridge and its relative resistance to gusts of wind. Complete article
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