Who doesn't like bridges? They're so useful when it comes to cutting travel times or having to carry your car across water of course. Today we are not going to talk about records because we are here to find out the 10 coolest bridges that cross borders.
It goes without saying that this list purely concentrates on ten handpicked bridges that cross borders, not the best, biggest, most expensive toll, etc. We've tried to encompass a nice geographical spread and haven't omitted anything out of malice or spite (or have we?). No, honestly we haven't.
So, in no particular order, apart from the order we serendipitously found them, our list of the 10 coolest bridges that cross borders.
1. Ambassador Bridge, US and Canadian Border
Connecting Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario, Ambassador Bridge is the busiest international border crossing in North America. It is estimated that 25 percent of all trade between these two nations passes over this bridge. The bridge is a suspension bridge stretching over 2,300 meters. Ambassador bridge is one of many other bridges that cross the US-Canada border, but we chose this one, just because.
2. Second Severn Crossing, English and Welsh Border
The author has spent an innumerable silly amount of time traversing this bridge, not to mention the toll costs. Rant over, it is one of a pair of bridges that cross the Severn Estuary. The Second Severn Crossing connects Aust, England with Bulwark, Wales. The bridge has a total length of just over 5000 meters and is a part cable-stayed and part segmented construction bridge. It also passes "SuperTed Island" to the SW in the estuary. A fact my parents used to reliably inform me, hang on that's Cable Rock, my whole childhood was a lie!
3. Øresund Bridge, Danish and Swedish Border
Our next selection of bridges that crosses borders is a combined railway and road bridge. It connects Copenhagen, Denmark with Malmo, Sweden. It crosses the Øresund strait between these two countries. The bridge spans 7,845 meters which actually makes it the longest "combi" road/rail bridge. It is another fine example of a cable-stayed bridge.
4. Three Countries Bridge, French-German (almost Swiss) Border
Located near the tripoint or France, Germany and Switzerland, the Three Countries Bridge crosses the Rhine between France and Germany. This archway bridge is actually quite beautiful and is for the exclusive use of pedestrians and cyclists. It's a whopper, with a total length of 248 meters.
5. Rainbow Bridge, US-Canadian Border
Yep, another US-Canadian one. The Rainbow Bridge, opened in 1941, stretches for 440 meters, open to both vehicles and pedestrians. It crosses the Niagara River Gorge. It connects Niagara Falls, USA with Niagara Falls, Canada. We've included it because, one, I've seen it and two, I assure you it offers breathtaking views of the falls. The name comes from the regular appearance of rainbows seen over the falls.
6. New Europe Bridge, Bulgarian and Romanian Border
Our next selection for bridges that cross borders is another combined road and rail bridge that spans the Danube River. It connects Vidin, Bulgaria with Calafat, Romania. Opened in 2013, it is the second bridge to span the Danube across this border. The bridge has a span of 1,971 meters and is another cable-stayed bridge.
7. Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwean-Zambian Border
Close to the magnificent Victoria Falls, this entry on our list is a road, rail and pedestrian parabolic arch bridge. It connects Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Livingstone in Zambia. It has a span of 198 meters and its deck bridges the gorge 128 meters above the Zambezi. Before it was opened in 1905, it took only a year to construct this bridge.
8. Allenby Bridge (King Hussein Bridge), Israeli/Palestinian-Jordanian Border
Whichever name you'd prefer to give it, this bridge crosses the Jordan River and connects the West Bank, Jordan with Jordanian/Israeli border control on either side. This bridge has a long and unique history. There was, originally, an Ottoman bridge built here in 1885. This was replaced by the Brits in 1918. It was later destroyed in 1946 during the Six Days War of 1967. In 1968 a temporary wooden bridge was erected under the Jordan-Israeli Peace Treaty and the current modern paved crossing structure built in the late 1990's.
9. Bridge of No Return, North/South Korean Border
Let's head over now to another highly stable and peaceful part of the world for our next example. This bridge is located within the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. This isn't a typical border crossing.
In the past, it was used for prisoner exchanges during the Korean War in 1953. It was last used for this purpose in 1968. The bridge hasn't been used since 1976 when two United States soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers. It is, to this day, still surrounded by checkpoints on both sides. You might be familiar with a depiction of this bridge if you've seen James Bond: Die Another Day.
10. The Tajikistan-Afghanistan bridge (Guess which border)
Opened in 2007, this entry on our list spans the Panj River. You'll be surprised to learn that it crosses the Tajikistan and Afghanistan border and was financed by the United States. The bridge connects Panji Poyon, Tajikistan with Sherkhan Bandar, Afghanistan. It spans 672 meters and is an example of a girder bridge.
So there ends our list of bridges that cross borders, well not quite, here's a bonus bridge.
Bonus - Bosphorus Bridge, Turkey
Though technically it doesn't cross an internationally recognized border between countries, this bridge crosses the Bosphorus Strait. It connects Europe with Asia and was opened in 1973. It connects Ortaköy, Istanbul (in Europe) with Beylerbeyi, Istanbul, Turkey. After the failed coup in July of 2016, the bridge was renamed as the 15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü (15th July Martyrs Bridge). It is one of three bridges that cross the strait and is an example of a steel suspension bridge. On completion, it was the 4th longest in the world.
Tada, we hope you enjoyed it. What bridges would you add to the list? Which is your favourite from ours? Have you travelled on any of them? Let us know.