Ever since I saw the first bridge, I remember being amazed at it’s sight. This was when I was 13 years old and on my first trip abroad and I came across Kapellbrücke in Switzerland. My love for bridges grew from there and I have a few favourites around the world myself. However for this particular post, I asked some fellow travel bloggers which is their favourite bridge and why, and this is what everyone told me:
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata, India
Blogger: Ambui Saxena
India is a land of architectural heritage. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, the erstwhile capital of India, was commissioned in 1943. In 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
With a length of 705 meter and width of 21.6 meter, it has a height of 82 meter. It is a cantilever bridge suspended over the Hoogly river and carries approximately 100,000 vehicles and more than 150,000 pedestrians making it one of the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. For more than 60 years, it is recognised as the living symbol of the city of Joy.
San Juanico Bridge, Leyte, Samar, Philippines
Blogger: Marvi Ocampo
San Juanico Bridge is one of the longest bridge in the Philippines. It connects two of the biggest islands in the Philippines: Leyte and Samar (fondly called as ‘Ley-Sam’ by the locals)… It was built during the Marcos’ regime as a gift to her first lady, Imelda Romualdez, who herself was from Leyte.
It was a birthday gift and at the same time a testimonial of the late President’s love for her. One interesting fact about this bridge is not its history, or why it was built. It is the structure itself. If viewed from above or bird’s eye view, the bridge forms the letters “L” and “S”, which stands for “Leyte and Samar”. 🙂 A trip to the San Juanico Bridge is a must-see for those visiting Leyte or Samar. The views from the bridge is beautiful with small islets dotting the San Juanico Strait. The bridge stretches up to 2.162 km and people who opted to walk on the bridge is rewarded with amazing views at the center. It’s quite a bit of a walk, with a few scary moments as you can feel the bridge shake a little whenever a four-wheeled vehicle passes by. Regardless, the structure has withstand countless of natural disasters including several earthquakes and the typhoon ‘Haiyan’ to name a few. I remember passing by this bridge when I was younger and I felt such an awe looking at it.. Come to think of it.. It still does amazes me whenever I get the chance to cross this amazing structure!
Jerny Destacamento from http://thejerny.com has also written to us about this bridge as being his favourite:
San Juanico Bridge, Philippines A bridge that connects Samar and Leyte provinces with a total length of 2.16 kilometers and is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. It was a bridge dedicated to the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos. The bridge was slightly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan but was quickly repaired. The project cost was about $21.9 million dollars.
Forth Bridge in Queensferry, Scotland
Blogger: Kelly Duhigg
How can you come to Scotland and not see the Forth Bridge? Actually, if I’m totally honest, my AirBnB host told me all about the Forth Bridge and that is was an iconic, Unesco World Heritage Site. Prior to this trip, I had no idea this bridge even existed. But he informed me that it was quite emblematic of Scotland and totally worth a visit. So I decided to take his advice and am so glad I did. To get here, simply hop on the train at Edinburgh Waverly Station and get off at Dalemny Station in South Queensferry (super easy since its like three stops). The journey only takes about thirty minutes and the fare costs a little over £4 round trip which definitely won’t send you to debtors prison (history nerd shining through). Now once you arrive and walk into Queensferry, the Forth Bridge is pretty hard to miss. It’s an enormous, red, antilever trussed bridge that has one of the world’s longest spans at 541meters. Its pretty interesting since this bridge was originally opened in 1890 and is still in use today since it connects Fife to Edinburgh by railway. Just take a moment to admire the impressive size and innovative design of this amazing feat of engineering. While you’re there, you can also take an awesome sightseeing cruise, on the Maid of Forth, to get unrivalled views of the Forth Bridge, as well as Inchcolm Island and Inchcolm Abby.
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver, Canada
Blogger: Elise Pickersgill
The Burrard Street bridge is one of my favourites, for obvious reasons. It’s a five-lane bridge constructed in the 1930s in the Art Deco style. It’s located at the edge of False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia and designed by architect George Lister Thornton Sharp. There are two lamps at either end of the bridge, dedicated to Canadian prisoners of war who huddled around fires in World War I. The view seen here is taken from the Granville Bridge which is just 500 metres further up the waterway. Underneath the two bridges lies Granville Island which is one of my favourite spots in the city, and little water taxis glide up and down False Creek, dropping people off on either side of the water. It’s actually one of the best ways to get from A-B in Vancouver! It connects the UBC and Kitsilano areas of the city with downtown and is a superb spot to watch the English Bay fireworks each summer.
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, UK
Blogger: Alex Ryder
We have a theory that every Bristolian has a picture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in their home, especially if they live elsewhere. It’s certainly true for us as we carried a postcard of it with us during our 7 months travelling the world. Built by the famous Victorian architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was and completed in 1864 after nearly 30 years of construction. The bridge is a symbol of this city and spans the Avon Gorge. I often drive the road beneath it and always feel a thrill of excitement as I pass beneath it. Whats even more special though is seeing the bridge during the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta – it’s amazing to see hot air balloons floating above it and my instagram is always full of stunning photos!
and finally, my very own personal favourite…
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida, USA
Seven mile bridge is part of Overseas Highway which goes from Key Largo all the way down to Key West. There’s actually two bridges here, one for cars and one for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge in itself isn’t the most beautiful bridge I’ve ever seen, it’s actually pretty boring when you’re driving on it, but taking in it’s enormity, it’s location, everything that surrounds it, and the length of it all is pretty darn amazing. All in all however, I love it mostly cause if I’m on that bridge, it means I’m heading to Key West 🙂