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De combination of a long and rich history, and the presence of dozens of large rivers in Europe, has lead to a huge amount of beautifully designed water crossings. We could have easily created a list with 25 great looking bridges, but decided to limit it to the eight most beautiful bridges. That also leaves an opening for ‘Eight Beautiful European Bridges – Part 2’…

1. Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice (Italy)

The Italian peninsula Venice is world famous for the innumerable amount of small canals and romantic bridges. This is one of the reasons that UNESCO listed the entire city center -including the wonderful Ponte dei Sospiri- on the World Heritage List.

Photo via Imagonovus

2. Charles Bridge, Prague (Czech Republic)

The Charles Bridge is one of many bridges crossing the Vltava river in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The passage is 1,700 ft long, and the building of the bridge started on the 9th of July 1357 at exactly 5.31am, or at 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1.

charles bridge
Photo via Ron Layters

3. Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard (France)

Although the Romans initially built Pont du Gard as a 35 mile long aqueduct, the French decided that it was much more useful as a bridge, and reconstructed the building. Pont du Gard is also listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Photo via Wolfgang Staudt

4. Le Viaduc de Millau, Millau (France)

Another French bridge is the almost thousand foot high Bridge of Millau. This bridge in the south of France is the tallest bridge in the world; even the Eiffel Tower would fit between the valley and the cable-stayed road.

Photo via Ivanhoe057

5. Tower Bridge, London (England)

The British Tower Bridge is probably one of the most famous bridges in the world. The Tower Bridge has allowed people to cross the river Thames for over 150 years now, and is a very important touristic attraction in London.

Photo via Anirudh Koul

6. Ponte Vecchio, Florence (Italy)

Ponte Vecchio is Italian for ‘old bridge’, and was built in the 16th century. Until the 19th century only goldsmiths were allowed to sell their goods inside the Tuscan bridge, but nowadays several other different shops have opened their doors in the Ponte Vecchio as well.

Photo via Marathoniano

7. Ponte di Rialto, Venice (Italy)

One of the most famous Venetian bridges is the 850 year old Ponte di Rialto. This bridge has been changed and renovated many times in the past; the Ponte di Rialto used to be a wooden bridge, but is now completely made of stone.

Photo via Wikipedia

8. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle (Engeland)

You can visit the futuristic Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the English port of Newcastle, but you can also find it on the British 1 Pound coin. This bridge, also called the ‘blinking eye bridge’ because of its design, was opened in 2001.

Photo via Ricksphotos

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  1. Reply adam 13.09.2010 Hmm, the picture of Charles' Bridge doesn't do it much justice - that bridge is *much* more beautiful in real life!

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