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  • 2 June 2010
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The most beautiful bridge in the world?

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We asked our Twitter and Facebook communities, “What is the most beautiful bridge in the world?”
Over 500 people answered the call.

Image by Randy Son Of Robert
As to be expected there was a regional fight in America, with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco going up against the Brooklyn Bridge. Janet Hulstrand commented: ”I am surprised that anyone says anything other than the Brooklyn Bridge,” then smiled emoticonically. In response, Diane Chase said ”Golden Gate Bridge. Color, elegance and views.”
Image of the Brooklyn Bridge by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

In the end, Golden Gate received twice as many votes, and took out first place overall. The Brooklyn Bridge is in joint 4th place.
Image of the Golden Gate Bridge by  aslakr

In second place is Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its all-round beauty was extolled by mengly: “Sydney harbor bridge (coathanger)- you can walk, cycle, drive, train or climb over it or sail under with great views”
Image of Sydney Harbour Bridge by cogdogblog

Karlův most (a.k.a. Charles Bridge) in Prague is in third place. Its attraction was explained by mildlycurious: “moody stone figures set the tone”.
Image of  Karlův most by Infodad

In joint 4th place with the Brooklyn Bridge is Ponte Vecchio in Florence. It was noted by travelingerin that its beauty was increased “at night when all the stores are closed.”
Image of the Arno, with the Ponte Vecchio (second bridge from the bottom) by 1la

What do you think is the most beautiful bridge in the world?

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  1. June 2, 2010 oliverparish Report this comment

    I love the historic Richmond Bridge in Tasmania, Australia (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/tasmania/richmond), the Kintaikyō in Iwakuni, Japan (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/western-honshu/iwakuni), and also the modern Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/the-netherlands/rotterdam).

  2. June 2, 2010 ronz8in Report this comment

    The bridge in Mostar, Herzegovina, is rather pretty, don’t you think??

  3. June 3, 2010 tomweir Report this comment

    Forth rail bridge outside Edinburgh! x

  4. June 3, 2010 federfan Report this comment

    What about Viaduc de Millau? If not the most beautiful then certainly the most spectacular feat of engineering and design – British and French collaboration of the highest order! Photo to follow when I get the hang of this.

  5. June 3, 2010 owenk Report this comment


  6. June 3, 2010 joetourist Report this comment

    The Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver.

  7. June 4, 2010 manilatop10 Report this comment

    Every single part of the Golden Gate Bridge has been replaced over time, imagine that.

    Mountain bridges like the ’17-Walking-fairy-bridge’, not in San Francisco ;) are perhaps the most mystical?

  8. June 4, 2010 anag Report this comment

    What about Lions gate in Vancouver? Boths sides with unrivaled views (Stanley Park and the North Shore)

  9. June 4, 2010 anantsiaq Report this comment

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England is beautiful and historic. The bridge at Mostar was destroyed by vandals in the Yugoslav war.

  10. June 4, 2010 lowrent Report this comment

    The New River Gorge Bridge In West Virginia , Simple But Stunning

  11. June 5, 2010 superdog87 Report this comment

    Maybe the Tower Bridge in London

  12. June 6, 2010 karchita Report this comment

    My vote goes to the Golden Gate, but Japan has some very good-lookin gbridges, like the Shinkyo (Sacred Bridge) at Nikko.


  13. June 8, 2010 laanaalee Report this comment

    While I haven’t seen all the bridges in the world just yet, my vote goes to the Old Bridge in Mostar – in combination with the smaragd green water…come one nothing beats that ;)


  14. June 8, 2010 zebra Report this comment

    The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado gets my vote. It’s a spectacular suspension that complements the 1000 ft deep canyon.

  15. June 11, 2010 rozy Report this comment

    Bosphorus Bridge which connects Europe and Asia. :)

  16. June 11, 2010 xinran Report this comment

    The Pont du Gard in France – a 2000 year old masterpiece.

  17. June 18, 2010 speedyturtle Report this comment

    My vote goes to the Szechenyi (Chain) Bridge in Budapest.

  18. June 23, 2010 samira_mdm Report this comment

    The most beautiful bridge in the world is the Tower Bridge in London, for sure. It’s absolutely stunning on the London skyline. http://www.bestourism.com/medias/dfp/1493

  19. June 24, 2010 loz_81 Report this comment

    Wow that first one looks like it’s out of the original Willy Wonka film

  20. June 27, 2010 celestine Report this comment

    Ubeins bridge in Mandalay … wins hands down…

  21. July 4, 2010 danbushell Report this comment

    Howrah Bridge in Calcutta-not so much for the bridge but the ghats and flower market underneath it.

  22. August 9, 2010 fetzky Report this comment

    Although rather new I like the Anshun bridge in Chengdu…and the Gokteik Viaduct in northern Burma is beautifally located.

  23. September 30, 2010 gris Report this comment

    First one looks amazing