February 21, 2018

Bridging Europe

When traveling we come across many bridges that are part of the local customs, history and folklore.

Some bridges are very famous or very high

Đurđevića Tara Bridge over the river Tara in Montenegro

Đurđevića Tara Bridge in Montenegro by Cornelius Bechtler

Tower Bridge London England

Tower Bridge London England by Diliff









Some are very beautiful and some you couldn’t pay me to cross!

Kapellbrucke Lucerne Switzerland

Kapellbrucke Lucerne Switzerland

Rickety Bridge in Europe

Rickety Bridge Latvia










But they all are works of art, functional and just plain amazing. I’m not an engineer, so it always amazes me how these structures can stretch so far, reach so high and withstand all the abuse they take from vehicles and the elements.


I thought it would be fun to look at few bridges Europe has to offer!

Oresund Bridge

Öresund Bridge Sweden Denmark

Öresund Bridge by Hardo, on Flickr












Øresund or Öresund Bridge is one of the more unique bridges I have ever seen. This bridge connects Denmark and Sweden and is both a bridge and tunnel! The bridge portion spans 25,739 feet from Sweden to a manmade island, Peberholm, from here you enter the tunnel to cross under the Drogden strait. The tunnel includes 2 rail tracks and 4 lanes for cars. During construction there were 2 delays one being do to finding 16 unexploded bombs from WWII laying on the seafloor.

Goltzsch Viaduct

Goltzsch Viaduct Saxony Germany

Goltzsch Viaduct Saxony Germany© Chriusha (Хрюша)














Goltzsch Viaduct is the largest brick built bridge in the world. This railway bridge was built between 1846 – 1851, spans the Goltzsch valley and connects Bavaria and Saxony in Germany. There are 98 vaults over 4 levels with the top level made up of 29 arches.

Rio-Antirrio Bridge

Rio-Antirrio Bridge Greece

Rio-Antirrio Bridge Greece © Guillaume Piolle













The beautiful Rio-Antirrio Bridge is official known as the Charilaos Trikoupis bridge and is the longest multi span cable-stayed bridge in the world. Crossing the Gulf of Corinth and connecting the towns of Rion and Antrion (on the Greek mainland), this 9,449’ long bridge is a feast for the eyes! The bridge has 2 lanes for traffic in each direction and a path for walkers or bikers. An interesting fact is the piers can slide on the gravel to accommodate any tectonic movement.

Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Bridge Istanbul Turkey

Bosphorus Bridge Istanbul Turkey By Kara Sabahat







The Bosphorus Bridge is one of the few bridges on this earth that spans 2 continents. This beautiful bridge spans the Borphorus strait connecting Europe and Asia. The suspension bridge has 3 lanes in each direction for cars and when it is fully loaded sags 35” at mid span! There is an annual marathon that includes running over the bridge.

Vasco de Gama Bridge

Vasco de Gama Bridge Lisbon Portugal

Vasco de Gama Bridge Lisbon Portugal by Till Niermann











The longest bridge in Europe is the Vasco de Gama which spans the Tagus river near Lisbon, Portugal. The bridge is almost 11 miles long and was opened in 1998 just in time for Expo 98 which celebrated the 500th anniversary of de Gama’s discovery of the route from Europe to India.

Magdeburg Water Bridge

Madgeburg Water Bridge Germany

Madgeburg Water Bridge Germany by Botaurus












Magdeburg Water Bridge caught my eye because it isn’t a bridge made for cars or trains. This bridge is a navigable aqueduct for boats connecting the Elbe-Havel canal to the Mittelandkanal by spanning the Elbe river in Eastern Germany! There is a walkway and bike path along the span including signs telling the history and construction of the bridge.

So there you have it! Some beautiful, unique and interesting bridges you could find while in Europe.

Have you seen any of these? Do you like Bridges?

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  6. Michael says:

    That’s some collection of bridges. You must have one or two of the covered wooden bridges that I see a lot of in Germany and recently in Austria.
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  7. Those are all really fantastic bridges. Very diverse.
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  8. Bob Crunch says:

    Wow all of these bridges are amazing and are sights to behold. If I was to pick my favorite I would have to pick the Magdeburg Water Bridge. I have never seen anything like it. Awesome photos and great idea for an article!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The Magdeburg Bridge was really interesting to me. I have never seen a bridge made specifically for boats! I would love to see it too.

  9. hannamay says:

    Hello Debbie, You have some awesome post here, I’m looking forward to go at Madgeburg Water Bridge. i don’t think how beautiful that bridge are…
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  10. Grace says:

    Yeah that rickety bridge is way beyond my comfort zone. This is such a fun post Debbie. Are you doing towers next? =)
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I hadn’t planned on writing a post on towers but thats a great idea! We’ll just have to see what pops into my head 🙂

  11. Maylin Hanna says:

    I wish one day i go there spend time with my family it’s always my dream,we never know maybe next year i have vacay to my work and i go there.
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  12. Tijmen says:

    Awesome list, only knew three of them. Especially love the Rio-Antirrio and the Goltzsch Viaduct bridge. Couldn’t be a bigger contrast between those 2 different bridges. One being so old, and the other one really modern. Would love to visit hem one day.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I really liked both those bridges too! The Rio-Anitirrio is a modern miracle and the Goltzsch just amazes me that they could actually build it way back then! Truly amazing.

  13. Love Bridges and their structure Did you physically see all these bridges or is this research – love the water bridge -bridges fascinate me and how they can stay up
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I found the water bridge very interesting too! No I haven’t visited all of these bridges but have found a couple I would like to see 🙂

  14. Denise says:

    I find the Luzern bridge soooo overrated, but I have some lovely memories at the foot of the Bosphorus bridge at night….magical, to say the least.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I can see why people think the bridge in Lucerne is overrated. I think it is just a beautiful location with such a calming feel to it. I would love to see the Bosporus.

  15. juanderlan says:

    i really love to visit all of these very wonderful places! i’ve been to the Rickety bridge in Latvia, very peaceful a perfect place to relax, sit back and enjoy nature, there’s a tiny cozy cafe a hundred meters away from the other side and the people there are hospitable, likewise the food 🙂
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  16. Jevans says:

    Wow! Thanks for stopping by here, the bridge seems really nice too!… very enjoyable looking the view…
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  17. All i can say is WOW! breathtakingly beautiful.!!! .. I’ve never seen such an amazing bridge like those.. they have Mega structures and it looks so Awesome! I adore bridges too, and i wish i could go to Europe personally to see it!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Bridges are fascinating to me too! Hopefully you’ll get to Europe to see the bridges and all the other wonders there are.

  18. Patricia Anne says:

    WOW!Very nice photos i just hoping that one day i can go there,because i been working 24/7 i don’t have even time to my self no dates,and no hang out to friends…
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  19. wow the mega structures looks awesome ..everything bridge is unique in its architecture ..i love that vasco da gama bridge in Portugal .
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The unique architecture is one reason I like bridges! Plus I find the engineering of the structures so fascinating.

  20. I loved this article and must see the Montenegro countryside some day. Great photos my friend!!
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  21. Mc Ardy Rodriguez says:

    What a nice bridge, this is my first time that i saw this kind of bridge, can’t believe how they do it. thanks for sharing ..
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  22. The surroundings AND the bridges are incredible. I love the look of the Goltzsch Viaduct.
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  23. clara says:

    aww.. lovely pictures.. and the scenery is very stunning.. i wish i could go there personally to see it! i know it would be even more beautiful seeing it in actual..
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  24. Sophie says:

    Excellent idea for a post., Deb. I adore bridges, both how they look and what they represent. Øresund is right down the street and was quite a big deal when it was built, as it’s the only link (that isn’t a boat) between Norway/Sweden and the European continent. The water bridge in Magdeburg looks fabulous. Can’t believe I haven’t heard about it. Too long since I’ve been in Germany, apparently!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Sophie! I found the Oresund intriguing because it is both a bridge and a tunnel. I could imagine how awesome it would be driving across the bridge and then going into the tunnel. Sounds really cool! I agree about the water bridge too. I need to go see that one in person.

  25. A water bridge?!? That’s so rad! Other than that one, I think the Öresund Bridge is my favorite – it looks like a couple of sailboats. 🙂
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  26. I’ve seen just Tower Bridge 😀 But I’m obsessed with bridges, are so cute!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Bridges are pretty amazing! So full of great architecture and they usually come with quite a history.

  27. Clint Edeson says:

    Wow! vary nice bridge, this my first time that i saw a bridge like that, thanks for sharing..
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  28. Bridges are fascinating to me. We already have one of the most famous ones here in California but I haven’t seen any of these in Europe except for the Vasco de Gama one in Lisbon.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yes we do have one of the most famous bridges in the world in California! I bet the de Gama was a beautiful sight.

  29. I crossed that bridge in Greece driving from Athens to Delphi. It was such a beautiful drive. One of the highlights of the road trip for me.
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  30. Christina says:

    Rio Antirrio Bridge looks futuristic. Love the design. Have been to Tower Bridge and the Kappellbrücke in Luzern, both of which I adore! Cool post!
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  31. Give me a brigdge over a tunnel any day! The only one I’ve been to on your list is the Bosphorus Bridge…
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  32. inka says:

    What a beautiful selection. Yes, I have seen and crossed a few, bridges hold a great fascination for me. Lovely pictures too.
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  33. Suteki says:

    So many beautiful pics about selection of bridges.Rio-Antirrio Bridge is a favorite place I want to visit
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  34. Sailor says:

    Of all the bridges featured here, I love the most simple one, Rickety Bridge Latvia.
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  35. i am an engineer. and it amazes me even more!!
    love the latvian bridge. very indiana jones.
    the rio antirrio bridge is like something out of a movie set way into the future. crazy stuff.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Well I don’t feel so bad then! It does look futuristic. I was surprised that it moves around on the sea floor in an effort to deal with plate movement. That is just crazy!

  36. Beautiful! I love the Rio-Antirrio Bridge.
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  37. Heather Heyburn says:

    Amazing i never thought how nice the place is,it made me think that one day i go there.i wanna go uo into Tower Bridge.hopefully i made it.
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  38. Very interesting selection of bridges! I’m especially fascinated by the Madgeburg Water Bridge in Germany — I had never heard of this! Of all the bridges in your post, I’ve only seen Tower Bridge, London and Kapellbrucke, Lucerne. I better get busy and see the rest.
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