Don't Look Down

Made for Walking: The World's Most Aesthetic Footbridges (Photos)

From a bridge high above the Malaysian forest to a modern drawbridge, get from one place to another in style on one the world's coolest walkways.

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A bridge can be much more than just a convenient way to get to and fro. From Singapore to London, these spectacularly designed footbridges show that the water-spanning structures can be a work of art and innovation as well as a means of transportation. Just don't look down.

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Helix Bridge, Singapore

This twisting bridge, modeled after the DNA structure, holds the title of the world's first curved bridge. Linking the Marina Bay and Marina Center in Singapore, the three-year-old Helix Bridge symbolizes life and continuity with its intertwining steel frame. It also hosts five viewing platforms to take in the city's skyline.

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Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Zealand

Managing to simultaneously represent a breaking wave and a whale skeleton, the award-winning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge in New Zealand crosses the Waiwhakaiho River.

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Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

Extending across Malaysia's Mount Mat Cincang, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is one of the world's highest at 2000 feet above sea level and is accessible by cable car.

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Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge loops over Gateshead and Newcastle, England, spanning the River Tyne.

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The Rolling Bridge, London

Like a modern drawbridge, London's Rolling Bridge unfurls to connect workers and residents to two sides of the Grand Union Canal without obstructing boats.

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Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore

The rolling, steel-ribbed Henderson Waves is Singapore's tallest pedestrian bridge and connects two of the city-state's parks.

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Bridge of Peace, Georgia

Old Tbilisi and the new district are connected by the Bridge of Peace, which spans the Kura River in Georgia's capital city.

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Slinky Springs to Fame, Germany

The "Slinky Springs to Fame" bridge winds around meanderers as they take a sunset stroll over the Rhine-Herne Canal in Oberhausen, Germany.

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Python Bridge, Amsterdam

This dipping Borneo-Sporenburg pedestrian bridge is one of three that connects Amsterdam with Borneo Island. Its unusual shape lends it the name "Python Bridge."

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Kurilpa Bridge, Australia

Costing around $63 million, Australia's Kurilpa Bridge is the world's largest solar-powered footbridge and links Brisbane's business center with an up-and-coming arts neighborhood.