Most Beautiful Bridges

Rank 1: Millau Viaduct, Tarn Valley, France

Millau Viaduct, Tarn Valley, France

  The Millau Viaduct is the largest cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in the southern part of France. It was designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster. Millau is also the tallest bridge on earth. The viaduct's bridge deck soars 270 m (890 ft) above the valley floor, making the bridge the tenth highest in the world based on clearance below. Unlike many other...

Rank 2: The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

   The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge in San Francisco, California, USA. The structure links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. Internationally, it is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Since its completion in the year 1937,...

Rank 3: Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

   The Tower Bridge (built 1886-1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames, in London, England. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. Over the years it has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the...

Rank 4: Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Harbour Bridge, Sydney

  The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central district and the North Shore. The beautiful view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic symbol of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed ""The Coathanger"" because of its arch-based design.

  The...

Rank 5: Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

   The Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge across the New Meuse river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The Erasmusbrug was designed by dutch architect, Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 802-metre-long (2,631 ft) bridge has a 139-metre-high (456 ft) asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of "The Swan". The southern span of the bridge consists of a...

Rank 6: Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

   The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, Its a tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineers Gifford. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' or the 'Winking Eye...

Rank 7: Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

   The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, well known for having shops built along it, as was once common. Though butchers initially occupied the shops, the present tenants are jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.

  The bridge spans the River Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the...

Rank 8: Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

   The Brooklyn Bridge is a steel-wire suspension bridge in the New York City. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. The towers of the Brooklyn Bridge are built of...

Rank 9: Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

   The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal and, without a doubt, the most photographed bridges in Venice. It was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. The first bridge over the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge but as Rialto market developed, the traffic on the bridge increased. It was replaced by a wooden bridge in 1255. During the uprising of 1310, the timber bridge was burnt during riots but it was...

Rank 10: Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

  The Chain Bridge made the first connection between the two parts of the Hungarian capital: Buda and Pest. The bridge is 375 meters long and was opened in 1849. Eight years later, the tunnel beneath Castle Hill was dug by the same engineer, Adam Clark, hence connecting the bridge with Buda hill. During the 1945 siege, the Germans destroyed the bridge, which was reconstructed within several years, in its original form.

  Chain Bridge...