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Ten of the World’s Longest Bridges

#1 Longest Suspension Bridge in the World: Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan 

At 1,991 meters (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi.) the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (also known as the Pearl Bridge) has the longest central span of any of the world’s suspension bridges. The bridge links the Japanese city of Kobe to the city of Iwaya on Awaji Island.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan

#2 Longest Inhabited Bridge – Kramerbruche – Erfurt, Germany

The Kramerbruche (Merchant’s Bridge) dates from 1535.  Today, most of the 32 houses are home to artisans and antique shops. Erfurt’s city festival is held annually in June, and centers around the bridge and the old town. 

The Kramerbruche (Merchant's Bridge)
The Kramerbruche (Merchant’s Bridge)

#3 Longest Bridge Over Open Water Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana

Be sure to gas up before hand. You’ll be driving approximately 24 miles before you’re wheels are on land again! Actually, the bridge has lost it claim to fame. The Guinness Book of World Records now lists the  Qingdao Bay Bridge in China as the longest with 25.171 km spanning over the sea. See #9 on this list. 

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, Louisiana

#4 Longest Covered Bridge – Hartland Bridge, Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada

The Hartland Bridge in New Brunswick, Canada, in the town with same name, is the world’s longest covered bridge,[3] at 1,282 feet (391 m) long. The bridge crosses the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Hartland Bridge, Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada
Hartland Bridge, Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada

#5 Longest Ice Bridge – Beaufort Sea Road, Alaska

It not a big surprise the Alaska boasts the longest ice bridge in the world (68 miles, 109 k)

Beaufort Sea Road
Beaufort Sea Road

#6 Longest Rail Bridge – Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge, China

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand bridge is  a 164.8 km (or 102.4 mile) long viaduct on the Beijing to Shanghai high speed railway system.

 

Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge
Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge, China

#6 Longest Natural Arch – Xianren Bridge (Fairy Bridge) – Guangxi, China

Carved of limestone karst, the Fairy Bridge is found on the Buliu River in the northern part of China’s Guangxi Province. If you really want to see this bridge be prepared for a three-hour rafting trip. There is no other way to get into its remote location! The bridge’s span was measured for the first time in 2010 and found to be 400 ft (121.9 m) in length.

Longest Natural Bridge Span - Fairy Bridge - Guangxi, China
Longest Natural Bridge Span – Fairy Bridge – Guangxi, China

#7 Longest Masonry Arch Bridge – Pont de la Liberation, Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, France

Comprised of brick and un-reinforced concrete, at 315 ft the Pont de la Liberation may not be the longest bridge in the world, but it the longest in its class. These bridges are know for lasting hundreds of year, so at just over 100 years old, this one should be around for a while yet.

World's Longest Masonry Arch Bridge - Pont de la Liberation, Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, France
World’s Longest Masonry Arch Bridge – Pont de la Liberation, Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, France

#8 Longest Wooden Bridge: U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar

The 264-year-old U Bein Bridge is built almost entirely out of teak wood, allegedly reclaimed from a former Ava Kingdom. The three-quarter-mile walkway zigzags 15 feet above mud flats. Plan to arrive near sunset to enjoy the jaw dropping beauty.

U-Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar
U-Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Myanmar, Photo Credit: Jone Sweeney

#9 Longest Sea Bridge: Qingdao Bay Bridge, China 

Opened on July 1st, 2011, the bridge connects the Chinese cities of  Qingdao and Huangdao. The bridge is 41.58km in length, 25.171 km is over the sea.

Qingdao Bay Bridge, Qingdao, China
Qingdao Bay Bridge, Qingdao, China

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#11 Longest Canopy Walkway – Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stretching  530 meters in length and 40 meters above the forest floor the walkway provides a bird’s eye view of  the rain forests 5 primary canopy layers.

Taman Negara Canopy Walkway
Taman Negara Canopy Walkway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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