All over the world there are pedestrian bridges that allow people to freely explore the spectacular world around them. They unite massive mountains and make our journeys as weary travelers that much easier. Check out these 12 beautiful footbridges around the world.
Samana Bridge to Nowhere, Dominican Republic
Located in the beautiful Samana region of the Dominican Republic, this bridge is actually a series of bridges known as the Cayacoa Bridge. They allow for travel between a handful of beautiful islets in the bay to which there really is, well nothing. Ok, not nothing nothing, as there are ruins of an old restaurant on the last one. There are sections of the bridges that are currently under repair, but for now it serves as just a nice sunny stroll and breathtaking views of the bay, a pedestrian bridge meant purely for enjoyment.
Whistler Tree Trek, Canada
Two hundred feet in the air, the Whistler Tree Trek in British Columbia, Canada lets you explore the forest canopy at eye level and get an aerial glimpse of Fitzsimmons Creek. Take the guided tour where you’ll walk across suspension bridges and forest boardwalks then stop at treetop viewing platforms to overlook the sea of hemlocks, cedars, and firs. Walk high above the valley that divides Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. There are 9 bridges in total making the tour about two hours long with information on the ancient growth and new growth of the forest as well as ecology and sustainability. This is a whole new interactive way to explore your surroundings and a great activity for any time of the year!
Pacuare River Footbridge, Costa Rica
In the rainforests of Costa Rica, the Pacuare footbridge sits high above its namesake river, connecting the Rios Tropicales Ecolodge to the other side. Crossing the bridge is a heart pounding experience sure to make you ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” just as you get your self mid bridge, high above the raging rapids of the Pacuare River. Take a deep breath and keep going. Don’t forget to smile and wave at any passing white water rafters.
Caminito del Rey, Spain
This is known as the world’s scariest foot path. It sits over 300 feet above the Desfiladero del los Gaitanes Gorge and stretches almost two miles along the side of the face of a cliff. It was first built 110 years ago to get needed items to the Guadalhorce Dam. The narrow path has you hugging the wall of the cliff as you try not to stare at the rocky fall inches from your feet. Current renovations including a glass bottom floor have made the walkway much safer. However, it is still quite a scary walk only recommended for the very brave.
Peak Walk, Switzerland
This suspension bridge spans over 350 feet connecting two mountain peaks within the Swiss Alps. As you walk the bridge you will be able to see the infamous Matterhorn which is one of the highest peak in the Alps. You will also see views of Mont Blanc Massif, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. The bridge is open year round and free for visitors of the Glacier 3000.
This is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Russia, and it can hold up to 30,000 people. Visitors can walk nearly a mile above the Krasnaya Polyana Valley in Sochi. The views along the bridge are incredible, and if walking high above the valley isn’t enough you can also try the zipline or even bungee jump from the bridge.
Kokonoe Yume, Japan
As the highest suspension bridge in Japan, it rises almost 600 feet in the air and spans over 1,200 feet allowing for aerial views of Shindonotaki Falls as well as the beautiful foliage of Kyusuikei. This pedestrian bridge may feel a little sturdier than some of the other suspension bridges, but the views are still just as awe inspiring.
Hendersen Waves, Singapore
Over one hundred feet above Henderson Road, this footbridge is the tallest in Singapore. The rippling waves of this unique bridge connect Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park allowing visitors to ‘ride the waves’ from one destination to the next with over five miles of beautiful, lush scenery. Seven curved steel ribs create the wave like effect and yellow balau wood makes up the deck of the pedestrian bridge. The rising and slopping waves each have seating areas to relax and enjoy the views.
Moses Bridge, Netherlands
Fort de Roovere is a 17th century Dutch fort near Halsteren, and the fort is surrounded by a moat. In order to allow access to the fort for visitors, RO&AD architects created a bridge made of waterproof wood that is immersed in the water of the moat and the rails sit flush with the surface of the water. It looks as if the water has parted allowing for access just as if Moses himself had parted the waters.
Trift Bridge, Switzerland
In the Swiss Alps, this pedestrian bridge is the longest suspension bridge at over 500 feet long and over 300 feet tall. It is perched above the Trift Glacier allowing visitors to take a glimpse of the massive natural structures. Just getting there can be quite a hike. In order to get to the ravine where the bridge sits visitors have to travel by cable car.
Living Root Bridge, India
Popular in the state of Meghalaya in North East India, living root bridges are made from living tree roots, and it can take years for the bridge to be fully formed. Roots from the Banyan fig tree are very pliable, and they are slowly manipulated to form the shape of a bridge. Betel tree trunks are placed along the rivers and the roots of the fig trees are coaxed to grow through the trunks until they reach the other side of the bank and take hold. While the roots grow, a variety of sticks and rocks are incorporated into the bridge to make it more stable. It is unlike any other bridge you have ever seen.
Webb Bridge, Australia
This large steel structure connects a decommissioned railway bridge to the southern bank of the Yarra River. It was created as a public art project, and it is a unique structure that adds a modern flavor to the scenery and a functional bridge for foo traffic.