Pedestrian bridges might seem like a huge bore, but there are some that stand out from the rest and for good reason. I’ve been lucky enough to have explored a few and spent this week researching where we can travel to see the best of the best.
Some of the suspension bridges below will let you immerse yourself in a rainforest, others will let you hang off the side of a cliff. Others are right in a bustling city. All of them are epic and worth a trek across, just make sure you overcome any fear of heights before you go.
Costa Rica’s Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges
This park has not one, but several hanging bridges that allow you to trek among the trees high up from the forest floor. You can take unguided tours, guided tours, or visit as part of an adventure package that also includes hiking, chocolate tasting, zip lining, rappelling, and more.
The rainforest is bursting with animal life, so be sure to take a look around for all the different bird species and you might even spot sloths sleeping in the trees. There are lots of trails that will let you see different aspects of the forest, just make sure you aren’t afraid of heights. You’ll be walking across bridges suspended over 100 feet in the air!
Book your tour or visit in advance. There are limited numbers of people allowed up each day. What I really love is the park is trying to become more accessible. Right now, there’s only one trail for those who have physical disabilities.
Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge
Canada has some of the best hiking in the world and it’s easy to feel like you’re lost (in the best way possible) in the wilderness. Seated above the Capilano River is a 450-foot suspension bridge letting you walk across the river and forest from above.
The bridge today is nothing but modern technology, but it used to be a hemp rope and cedar plank bridge. A Scottish engineer decided to build it one day to make the trek to his isolated cabin easier.
The Capilano forest is currently getting more and more suspension bridges. There is now a network for bridges and viewing platforms across the forest so you can see as much nature as possible from the birds’ eye view.
Malaysia’s Langkawi Sky Bridge
Although it’s a bridge to nowhere and acts more like an observation area, I’m including it. Gt yourself over to Malaysia’s west coast for views you won’t believe. The entire bridge is suspended from a construction crane-like mast that makes the whole site feel like it is still being built. It’s charming, I promise.
To get there, you’ll have to ride a cable car up Mount Mat Cincang, but the views are worth the added adventure and butt-clenching heights. You stand among the mountain tops and get views of the Andaman Sea 2,300 feet below. Can I get a hell yes?
Cape Town’s Treetop Canopy Walkway
This high-rising walkway winds through the scenery of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. You’ll wind and dip as you follow the bridge through the gardens, getting unmatched views of Cape Town.
Its design was inspired by a snake skeleton which is why it twists and turns like it does. You can journey along it from the forest floor to above the treetop canopies and I cannot wait to actually experience this for myself.
Whatever you do, don’t forget the view the surrounding gardens. There is a small fee to enter the botanical gardens, but the walkway is included in the price.
Vietnam’s Golden Bridge
Da Nang is home to one of the world’s most unique bridges. It opened in 2018 and looks like something out of a fantasy movie and I can’t express how cool I think it is. Two hands the size of houses look to be holding up the bridge overlooking the mountains and valley below.
While the bridge was designed to entice tourists to come to the area, it was done in such a way to have virtually no negative impact on the surrounding nature when it was built and when people visit. The hands make the bridge look as it it’s an offering from the ground to the sky above, making it an extremely unique feature.
The bridge itself is part of an amusement park and you’ll need to get a ticket for the park before you can visit this site. Then you’ll get to ride in a very scenic cable car to the pedestrian walkway. From there, it’s up to you how much you see!
Switzerland’s First Cliff Walk
Venture over to Grindelwald and you’ll nearly step off the edge of the world. Just kidding, but it will seem like it, especially on cloudy days. Whenever you visit, you’ll always see new colors like frosty white in the winter and bright blues in the summer.
The journey is short, but oh man the views are WORTH IT. The cliffside walkway wraps around the First Mountain and there is a viewing platform to let you better stop and appreciate the scenery. Don’t worry if you work up a sweat walking around (there are trails nearby too) you can chow down at the restaurant near the viewing platform.
Germany’s Devil Bridge
This bridge is certainly not modern, but it is ridiculously photogenic. It looks like something straight out of a dark fairy tale, but it dates back to just the 1800s when a knight decided he wanted a bridge built. When the bridge is reflected in the water it forms a perfect circle which doesn’t happen like this anywhere else in the world.
These spans across water weren’t considered super safe back in the day, especially when built with rough, varied stone like this one was. As a result of their dangerous reputation, it got the name devil’s bridge. Each end of the bridge is decorated with rock columns which are commonly found throughout the country.
In order to preserve the bridge, you can’t cross it. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t visit. It’s best to go in the fall when the surrounding colors are even more like a fairy tale, but it’s a must-see no matter when you choose to visit.