Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World

The newly launched Bach Long bridge in Vietnam has become a new attraction for tourists and also hit a new world record to be the world's longest glass-bottomed bridge.

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Bridge is not only a structure built over something so that people can cross. More than that, these wonderful bridges vary in its design, have their own meaning, and break the world’s record in many aspects, reported by the loveExploring.

Göltzsch Viaduct (Germany), World’s largest brick-built bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Göltzsch Viaduct (Germany). (Photo: Zing News)

Built between1846-1851, the Göltzsch Viaduct still reigns supreme as the world’s largest brick-built bridge. It stands at 78m tall and 574m long. Workers used over 26 million bricks to construct this work.

Arkadiko Bridge (the Peloponnese, Greece), World’s oldest bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Arkadiko Bridge (the Peloponnese, Greece). (Photo: Zing News)

This easy-to-miss structure crosses a small gully in Greece’s southerly peninsula and was built by the Ancient Greeks sometime between 1300 and 1190 BC. Made up of limestone boulders, stones and tiles, the 22m bridge is thought to have been built to carry horse-drawn chariots.

Sky Bridge 721 (Dolní Morava, Czech Republic), World’s longest suspension bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Sky Bridge 721 (Dolní Morava, Czech Republic). (Photo: Zing News)

The Sky Bridge 721 became the longest suspension bridge in the world in May 2022. Stretching 95m over the valley of the Mlýnský Stream for 721m high, like its name suggests) visitors can take a chairlift to the entrance, or walk or cycle the 4km trail.

Bach Long Bridge (Son La, Vietnam), World’s longest glass-bottomed bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Bach Long Bridge (Son La, Vietnam). (Photo: Zing News)

In northwestern Vietnam lies the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge. Up to 450 visitors at a time can walk across this 632m walkway which is suspended 86m above the ground. And great heights mean even greater views: marvel at the surrounding mountainous rainforest.

The bridge has two 30m-high towers and using Korean bearing cables. The bridge deck system is made of super tempered glass Saint Gobain of France, including 3 layers of thick glass.

The bridge connects to Chim Than Cave (or God Bird Cave) which owns natural stalactites associated with the legend of the god bird according to local residents for hundreds of years. To ensure safety, this bridge will go one way only.

Amazing Record Breaking Bridges over the World
Visitors stand on the walkway section of the Bach Long glass bridge in Moc Chau district in Vietnam’s Son La province. (Photo: TTO)
Amazing Record Breaking Bridges over the World
(Photo: VnExpress)

George Washington Bridge (New York, USA), World’s busiest motor vehicle bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
George Washington Bridge (New York, USA). (Photo: Zing News)

Carrying over one million vehicles per year, the George Washington Bridge is the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge. Connecting New York City with New Jersey, it opened to traffic in 1931 and was expanded in 1962. There are 14 lanes of traffic spread over two levels along with two walkways for pedestrians and cyclists on each side of the upper level.

Tahya Misr (Cairo, Egypt), World’s widest bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Tahya Misr (Cairo, Egypt). (Photo: Zing News)

The Guinness World Book of Records lists Egypt’s Tahya Masr (roughly translated as “Long Live Egypt”) as the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. The traffic-easing bridge opened in 2019 and nabbed the top spot from Canada’s 65m wide Port Mann Bridge with a width of 67.3m.

Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge (China), World’s longest bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge (China). (Photo: Zing News)

The world’s longest bridge – in any category – is Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge. The mega-bridge connects the two eastern Chinese cities of Shanghai and Nanjing and spans 164.8km and is around 31m high. It took some 10,000 workers four years to build and opened in 2011, with top rail speeds averaging 82km/h.

Bang Na expressway (Bangkok, Thailand), World’s longest road bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Bang Na expressway (Bangkok, Thailand). (Photo: Zing News)

According to the Guinness World Records, Thailand’s Bang Na expressway is the longest road bridge in the world at 54,000m long. With three lanes running in each direction, the six-lane elevated highway crosses part of the Bang Pakong River in the southeastern suburbs of Bangkok.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (China), World’s longest sea-crossing bridge

Amazing Record-Breaking Bridges over the World
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (China). Photo: Zing News)

The world’s longest sea-crossing bridge is nothing short of impressive. Unveiled in 2018, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge stretches an eye-watering 55,000m between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau. Over 29,870m of the bridge crosses the Pearl River delta along with an undersea tunnel to allow ships through. It’s heavily reduced the previous four-hour-long trip to half an hour but you’ll need a special permit to cross and there aren’t any public transport links. It’s also the world’s most expensive bridge.

Tracy Dao