5 Bridges That Will Leave You Speechless

Millau Viaduct

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Millau Viaduct

1. Henderson Waves – Singapore

Henderson Waves

edwin.11 /CC BY 2.0 | Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is a 274-metre long pedestrian bridge. At 36 metres above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. It was designed by IJP Corporation, London. The bridge has a wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel ribs that alternately rise over and under its deck. The wave-forms are lit with LED lamps at night from 7 pm to 2 am daily.

Henderson Waves

edwin.11 /CC BY 2.0 | Henderson Waves

2. The Millau Viaduct – France

Millau Viaduct

Stefan Krause /CC BY-SA 3.0 | Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster. It is the tallest bridge in the world. Many tourists heading to southern France and Spain follow this route because it is direct and without tolls for the 340 kilometres between Clermont-Ferrand and Pezenas.

3. The Oresund Bridge – Denmark to Sweden

Oresund Bridge is a double-track railway and motorway bridge across the Oresund strait between Scania and Denmark. The bridge runs nearly 8 kilometres from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm. The crossing of the strait is completed by a 4 km underwater tunnel its called the Drogden Tunnel. The Oresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

4. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge – China

Hangzhou Bay Bridge is a highway bridge with a cable-stayed portion across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. It connects the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The bridge was opened to public May 1, 2008. The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai from 400 km to 180 km and reduced travel time from 4 to 2 hours.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

Glabb /CC BY-SA 3.0 | Hangzhou Bay Bridge

5. The Magdeburg Water Bridge -Germany

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a large navigable aqueduct in central Germany, located near Magdeburg. The largest canal underbridge in Europe, it spans the river Elbe and directly connects the Mittellandkanal to the west and Elbe-Havel Canal to the east of the river. It is allowing large commercial ships to pass between the Rhineland and Berlin without having to descend into and then climb out of the Elbe itself. Total length of the bridge is 918 m (690 m over land and 228 m over water).

Magdeburg Water Bridge

WhiteDragon /CC BY-SA 2.5 | Magdeburg Water Bridge

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