Published By: Sanjukta

8 incredible hanging bridges around the world

Suspension bridges are not just adventure walk across mountains, over gorges and rivers, but also architectural marvels

Hanging bridges are amazing structures that give you stunning views and a thrill as you walk across them. They hang high above rivers, valleys, and forests, connecting different parts of the land and offering a unique way to experience nature.

From the lush rainforests of Costa Rica to the towering mountains of Switzerland, these eight incredible hanging bridges around the world will leave you in awe. Whether you love adventure or just want to enjoy beautiful scenery, these bridges offer unforgettable experiences.

516 Arouca Bridge in Portugal

This bridge, named after its hometown of Arouca and its length of 516 meters, stands tall with its Tibet-style design featuring V-shaped towers and sturdy steel cables. Hanging 574 feet above the Paiva River, it offers breathtaking views of the gorge below and the majestic Aguieiras Waterfall.

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Randa, Switzerland

If you’re afraid of heights, think twice about crossing the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge. Only a metal grate separates you and your next shaky step from the valley 279 feet below. Currently, the bridge holds the Guinness World Record for the longest hanging pedestrian bridge at 1,620 feet, surpassing even the main span of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. Steady yourself from swaying as you take in breathtaking photos of the Bernese Alps and the Matterhorn mountain.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, also known as the "Bridge of Courage," is a modern marvel suspended 984 feet (300 meters) above the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. This transparent glass bridge is 1,410 feet (430 meters) long and provides a breathtaking view of the canyon below. Its construction used cutting-edge technology, including tempered glass panels and a complex cable system. The design prioritizes both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity.

 Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge (Japan)

The Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge, translating to "Nine Clouds Dream," is Japan's highest pedestrian suspension bridge. It spans 1,280 feet (390 meters) across and stands 567 feet (173 meters) above the Naruko River. The bridge's design allows it to withstand seismic activity, a crucial consideration in Japan. Its elegant design and integration into the natural landscape making it the brilliance of modern bridge engineering.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

Unfenced cliff edges plunge to the Atlantic Ocean, and high winds sweep the coastal farmland where the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge swings almost 100 feet above the sea. This precarious yet short crossing offers stunning ocean views and a glimpse into Irish history. First erected by salmon fishermen some 350 years ago, the rope bridge links the mainland with Carrick-a-Rede Island and its lone fisherman’s cottage.

Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge wascinstructedin 1989 using nothing but hemp rope and sturdy cedar stumps. Fast forward to today, and this iconic bridge has undergone a marvelous transformation. It now stands proud and tall, boasting sturdy steel cables that stretch a whopping 450 feet—a length that could easily accommodate two hockey rinks side by side. And the height? Well, it reaches a sky-scraping 230 feet, matching the grandeur of the Statue of Liberty’s shoulders!

Cesana Claviere Tibetan Bridge, Piedmont, Italy

Cesana Claviere Tibetan Bridge beckons adventurers from afar. Imagine gazing across the rugged landscape and spotting what appears to be a delicate spider web suspended over a deep gorge. But wait, upon closer inspection, you realize it's not just one bridge, but a series of three, intertwined like intricate lacework. Each bridge is adorned with narrow planks, strategically spaced tso you can look into the abyss below.

Arenal Hanging Bridges (Costa Rica)

Welcome to the enchanting Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, where the Arenal Hanging Bridges await amidst the lush rainforest. Traverse 16 suspended bridges, the longest stretching 328 feet (100 meters), offering unparalleled views of vibrant biodiversity. As you move through the canopy, expect encounters with colorful birds, playful monkeys, and the serenity of Costa Rica's natural wonders.