What makes a good bridge round

19 extraordinary pedestrian bridges - in Germany and around the world

Giant hands, Lego bricks, waves and futuristic helix tubes: pedestrian bridges are getting more and more unusual around the globe. These 19 structures are particularly spectacular.

You have to overcome rivers, roads and abysses. But numerous pedestrian bridges are much more than mere functional buildings these days: cities hire star architects who use daring constructions to constantly set new landmarks that become too much photographed attractions on Instagram and Co. Those in charge of all those cities that have had very special bridges for centuries can lean back.

Ponte 516 Arouca in Arouca, Portugal

Portugal's new tourist attraction, the Ponte 516 Arouca in the north of the country, is the one at 516 meters longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The brave can cross the gorge of the Paiva River at a lofty 175 meters above sea level - on a transparent, 1.2-meter-wide and shaky metal grid path. The structure in the UNESCO Geopark Arouca, about an hour's drive southeast of Porto, is held in place by steel cables and two massive towers on each side.

The Itecons * research institute at the University of Coimbra is responsible for the spectacular design. The construction took about two years and cost around 2.1 million euros. Children under the age of six are not allowed to enter the bridge, minors must be accompanied by their parents. And adults come too only when accompanied by a tourist guide on the Ponte 516 Arouca. A walk across the valley costs twelve euros, with a reduced price of ten euros.

Further information on the website of the Ponte 516 Arouca *.

Krämerbrücke in Erfurt, Germany

The Krämerbrücke, one of the landmarks of Erfurt, is the longest continuously built and inhabited bridge in Europe. It connects Benediktsplatz with Wenigemarkt. Shops and galleries are located in the 32 half-timbered houses that are lined up over a branch of the Gera. Erected in 1325, the stone bridge replaced an even older wooden bridge. she was Part of the west-eastern trade route Via Regia. Of the two former bridgehead churches, only the eastern Aegidia church remains. It is advisable to climb the tower: From above you have a wonderful view of the old town and the Krämerbrücke.

Further information is available on the Erfurt Tourismus * website.

Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha, China

This structure looks like a red ribbon that winds in endless loops. The Lucky Knot Bridge in the Chinese megacity Changsha has been connecting the banks of the Dragon King Harbor River with the New Lake District since 2016. At a height of 24 meters, the 185-meter-long structure made of steel joins various levels - riverbank, street and a park at a higher level - like knots. The architects from NEXT from Amsterdam have chosen the Chinese tradition of the lucky knot get inspired. For millennia, knots in Chinese folk culture have promised happiness, prosperity and harmony. But the color of the pedestrian bridge was not chosen by chance either: red traditionally stands for happiness and wealth in China.

More information about the bridge is available on the Next Architects website *.

Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore

The Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore is modeled on the shape of waves. At a height of 36 meters, it hovers over a street and is the highest pedestrian bridge in the city. The spectacular structure Steel and local balau wood connects two hills in the Southern Ridges, a popular park with forests and various walking trails. Strollers can linger in niches and shelters. The view of the skyline is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Singapore. After dusk it becomes the Henderson Waves
Bridge illuminated with numerous LEDs.

For more information, please contact Visit Singapore *.

Moses Bridge in Halsteren, Netherlands

The land of dykes, canals and floating houses is known for the creative use of water. Near the village of Halsteren in North Brabant, about 45 minutes by car from Antwerp, the architects from RO&AD have literally divided the water: their trench bridge makes Fort de Roovere accessible without being visible from a distance and thus falsifying the originally defensive character of the moat . The fort is part of the West Brabant waterline, an early 17th century defense line that protected several villages and settlements from attack from the south. Today the area is popular with hikers and cyclists, and the Moses Bridge - named after the biblical Moses who divides the sea - is one of the highlights of any tour.

Further information from the Tourist Information VVV Brabantse Wal * in Bergen op Zoom and from RO & AD *.

Lego bridge in Wuppertal, Germany

The Wuppertal Lego bridge looks like oversized toys from below. The illusionistic painting comes from the local street artist Martin Heuwold, who realized his idea in 2011 with the support of the Wuppertal Movement Association and the approval of the Danish company Lego A / S. The colorful concrete girder bridge over the
Schwesterstrasse connects the districts of Elberfeld and Barmen. It is part of the 1991 disused Nordbahntrasse, which has now become a Foot, bike and inliner path has been redesigned. In 2012 the Lego bridge received the German Facade Award.

Here you can find more information about the Wuppertaler Nordbahntrasse *.

Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada

The one from the Spanish star architect Santiago Calatrava Designed Peace Bridge, the Peace Bridge, has spanned the Bow River in the Canadian city of Calgary since 2012. The 126 meter long structure in the form of a red helix tube connects a residential area with the center of Calgary. Architect Calatrava, who among other things also created the transfer station at Ground Zero in New York (PATH station) and devised an observation tower for Dubai, which will be the tallest structure in the world when it is completed for Expo 2020, described the Peace Bridge as the " technically most challenging bridge ”that he has ever developed. At night, the bridge is illuminated in an atmospheric way.

More information on the Visit Calgary website *; Information on the project at Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers *.

Cầu Vàng in Bà Nà Hills, Vietnam

It looks as if it is being carried by two huge hands made of stone: Since mid-2018, visitors have been able to enjoy the view from the "Golden bridge"(Vietnamese:" Cầu Vàng ") of the green Truong Son Mountains near the Vietnamese coastal town of Đà Nẵng. When the view is clear, the view extends as far as the South China Sea. And the building itself is an attraction: the hands look like they do weathered stone, but are in fact made of a steel mesh and fiberglass.The 150-meter-long bridge, designed by TA Landscape Architecture from Ho Chi Minh City, is part of a theme park that is around 1400 meters above sea level with French Village, wax museum, summer toboggan run and various temples await.

Click here for the homepage of the Sun World Ba Na Hills * amusement park in Vietnam.

Puente de Viskaya in Bilbao, Spain

The Biscay Bridge (Spanish: Puente de Viskaya), opened in 1893, is the oldest transporter bridge in the world. Located in the Spanish Basque Country near Bilbao, it connects the towns of Portugalete and Getxo. The platform, which hangs down from the actual bridge, can carry six cars and 200 passengers per trip. If you are not afraid of heights, you can take the lift instead 46 meter high superstructure. There a pedestrian path leads to the other bank - with a spectacular view of the Rio Nervión. The bridge artwork, designed by Alberto Palacio, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.

You can find more information about the Puente Colgante * here.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

It is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe and a gallery for a unique historical picture cycle: the Lucerne Chapel Bridge. Probably the most important landmark of Lucerne was in the first half of the 14th century as Part of the city fortifications and since then it has been rebuilt, renovated or renewed at least ten times. Today the Chapel Bridge measures 204 meters. Only the two bridgeheads and the water tower survived the devastating fire of 1993. Many of the 111 picture panels - triangular pictures in the gable, which were once intended to promote loyalty to the Catholic Church as a counter-Reformation measure - were badly damaged. The event attracted worldwide attention. Fortunately, the building was reconstructed in just eight months, and some panels were also restored.

Here you can find more information about the Lucerne Chapel Bridge *.

Rehberger Bridge in Oberhausen, Germany

The Oberhausen architectural sculpture "Slinky Springs to Fame", often simply called Rehberger Bridge, stretches across the Rhine-Herne Canal from the Kaisergarten to the Emscher Island. The 406 meter long structure near Oberhausen Castle and the gasometer was developed by Tobias Rehberger. The Frankfurt artist let himself be by american toys "Slinky"inspire, the famous steel spring that jumps from one hand to the other and can run down stairs. The 16 different color fields of the tension band bridge are impressively illuminated at night.

Further information on the Rehberger Bridge is available from Ruhr Tourismus *.

Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

It is the landmark of the city of Mostar and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005: the Old Bridge or "Stari Most". The high-vaulted, stone bridge arch spans the Neretva and has been considered for centuries as Connection between east and west. The original building from 1566 was destroyed during the Bosnian War in 1993 and then rebuilt with international support. As far as possible, the historical stones were used. In 2004 the bridge could finally be reopened - with the presence of representatives from 60 countries.

The men of the town have a tradition of throwing themselves 25 meters down from the bridge into the Neretva River - a custom that may go back to the time it was built. In any case, the first record of a jump dates from 1644.

Further information on Stari Most is available on the UNESCO website * and from the city of Mostar *.

Langkawi Sky Bridge on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

A single, 82-meter-high mast supports the Langkawi Sky-Bridge on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The structure spans the evergreen rainforest over a length of 125 meters - and offers a sensational view of the surrounding mountains and the shimmering turquoise Andaman Sea. Visitors can reach the Sky Bridge by Gondola lift from the Oriental Village, an artificially created village with souvenir shops, restaurants and a 3-D art museum. Several stairs lead from the top station of the SkyCab Cable Car to the Sky Bridge.

Further information on the website of the gondola lift *.

Python Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Python Bridge, whose official name is "Hoge Brug", or High Bridge, is one of the most extraordinary of the 1700 or so bridges in Amsterdam. The red pedestrian bridge winds like a snake from Sporenburg to Borneo Island in the eastern port area. The 93-meter-long structure, which won the International Foot Bridge Award, was built by Adriaan Geuze from the West 8 architecture firm. Whoever has a head for heights and something
Brings a sense of balance, crosses the bridge without any problems. The view of the Dutch capital from above is definitely worth it.

More information about the bridges in Borneo-Sporenburg at West 8 * and on the city visitor portal I amsterdam *.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

The world famous Ponte Vecchio is the oldest river crossing in the Tuscan city of Florence. The Etruscans are said to have built a bridge at this point on the Arno. The present building has been in existence since 1345. Originally, butchers and tanners were mainly based there. By ducal decree, however, they were replaced by goldsmiths in the 16th century, as they did not produce any stinking waste. Still today are numerous jewelers in the small shops.

The bridge that connects the historic city center with the Oltrarno district is one of the oldest segment arch bridges in the world. It also has a kind of secret passage, the so-called Vasari corridor above the rows of shops: Grand Duke Cosimi de 'Medici could safely move from one manor house to the other.

More information about the Ponte Vecchio is available from Visit Tuscany *.

Geierlay suspension bridge in Mörsdorf, Germany

The "Geierlay" in the Hunsrück is 360 meters long and is one of the longest suspension bridges in Europe. The first steps may take some effort, as you walk here at around 100 meters above a side valley of the Moselle. The view is then breathtaking. The bridge has a visitor center in Mörsdorf with a paid parking lot and a bistro. The various circular routes (3-14 km) to "Geierlay" also start there. The name is derived from the historical name of the parcel on which the bridge is located: Geyerslay.

Further information on the Geierlay website *.

Floating bridge in Moscow, Russia