37 Most Famous Bridges in Europe (With Photos!)

It’s safe to say that, since time immemorial, bridges have played an integral part in helping us advance as a civilization. Over the years, we’ve built plenty of incredible bridges: Some steeped in history, others incredibly beautiful.

Today, let’s take a look at 37 of the most famous bridges in Europe so that you can add them to your bucket list! 

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1. Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The iconic Stari Most, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina is arguably one of the most famous bridges in Europe and even the world. This historical landmark stands as a symbol of the country’s rebirth from the ashes of war. 

While the original bridge was constructed by the Ottomans nearly 500 years ago, the one that stands today was only constructed in 2004, after an artillery strike destroyed the original crossing in 1993 during the Bosnian War. 

Today, Stari Most stands as a popular tourist attraction in the city, attracting visitors with its rich history and lovely views. If you’re lucky, you might even run into one of Mostar’s famous bridge divers jumping headfirst into the river below! 

2. Charles Bridge – Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge – Prague, Czech Republic

The majestic, gothic Charles Bridge in Prague is another one of the most famous bridges in Europe. 

Located in the historic district of the Czech capital, the stunning bridge, punctuated by alluring baroque stone statues along the Vltava River, is unsurprisingly one of the most popular locations in the city. 

As you traverse the bridge that connects newer parts of the city to its historic old town, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the river and surrounding area. 

If you’re traveling with your special someone, make sure to stay for the romantic sunset view. In fact, my best friend actually got engaged here under the golden hue of the setting sun! 

3. Chapel Bridge – Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge – Lucerne, Switzerland

The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland is the oldest wooden bridge in all of Europe, built all the way back in 1333! 

This famous European bridge spans across the Reuss River and offers visitors the chance to walk across under a covered walkway. Once you reach the other side, make sure to turn around to snap that iconic postcard-worthy photo along with the eye-catching Water Tower next to the bridge! 

4. Tower Bridge – London, England

Tower Bridge

The iconic Tower Bridge in London is easily one of the most famous bridges in Europe! 

Often (mistakenly) referred to as “London Bridge”, this famous bridge in London is an absolute tourist hotspot and a must-see landmark in the bustling city of London.

Apart from its instantly-recognizable structure, the upper glass-floored walkway on Tower Bridge offers some truly spectacular views!  

Did you know that the two suspension bridges that makeup Tower Bridge can actually be raised apart? In fact, it’s considered good luck to stumble upon an “open” Tower Bridge! 

5. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England 

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Another famous bridge in the United Kingdom is the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. It was built in 1864 and today remains an active crossing for both pedestrians and motor vehicles. 

Suspended over the gorgeous Avon Gorge, the bridge offers an incredible view of the surrounding green landscape during the day. At night, the bridge is bathed in a dazzling light show. 

More importantly, during the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, usually held in August, you can even glide over the bridge in a hot air balloon!  

6. Bridge of Sighs – Venice, Italy

Bridge of Sighs

Compared to the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs in Venice is much shorter, almost like a small block in between two buildings. Poetically, the somewhat restrictive design fits the solemn story of how the bridge got its name. 

The bridge was once a restricted pathway where prisoners were transported to jail. According to locals, the last view of the outside world that convicts got was through the windows on the bridge, hence the name. 

One of the best ways to admire the bridge is to hop on a gondola and sail underneath. 

7. Rialto Bridge – Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge

Not only is the Rialto Bridge one of the most iconic bridges in Venice, but it’s also one of the most famous European bridges you can visit! 

The Rialto is the oldest and most photographed bridge that stretches over the Grand Canal in Venice. Despite now being one of the most well-known stone bridges in Europe, it actually used to be a wooden bridge before it was subsequently rebuilt in 1591.  

As you stand on the Rialto, take your time to admire the lovely scenery around you and to soak in the romantic Venetian atmosphere. 

8. Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio

Ask anyone who’s been to Florence Italy, and they’ll tell you that Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful sights in the city. 

As you throng the shops along either side of the bridge, housed in ambient Medieval buildings, you wouldn’t have guessed that the bridge was originally built as a defensive barrier for the city! 

What’s more, it is one of the city’s most Insta-worthy locations. Such was the beauty of this famous bridge in Florence that during World War II, the iconic landmark was preserved even as the invading forces destroyed most of the infrastructure around it. 

9. Ponte Sant’Angelo – Rome, Italy

Ponte Sant’Angelo

Without a doubt, Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It is also one of the oldest bridges in Europe, well-known for its iconic view leading up to Castel Sant’Angelo. 

This famous European bridge was built all the way back in 134 AD and serves as a crossing over the Tiber River. Featuring multiple statues of angels, the marble bridge also connects Rome to Vatican City, earning it the name “Bridge of Angels”. 

A definite must-see when in Rome, along with the aforementioned Castel Sant’Angelo which sits at the northern end of the bridge.

10. Fiordo di Furore Bridge – Amalfi, Italy

Fiordo di Furore Bridge

Out of all the famous bridges in Europe, this may well be my favorite. In fact, you’ve probably seen it before on Instagram without even knowing its name. It’s the wondrous Fiordo di Furore in Amalfi, Italy

The bridge is located along the Amalfi coast and crosses a small fjord next to the mesmerizing coastline.

Its enigmatic location between the cliffs, coupled with the striking contrast of colors in the scenery makes the Fiordo di Furore one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. 

11. Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France 

Pont Alexandre III

The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most ornate bridges in Europe, linking the Champs-Élysées area and the region surrounding the Eiffel Tower. It features four iconic golden sculptures that make it one of the most easily recognizable bridges in the world. 

This famous bridge in Europe is also a symbol of peace between France and Russia after the Napoleonic Wars. The bridge, in fact, is named after Tsar Alexander III, the penultimate ruler of the Russian Empire.  

As you travel across the bridge on foot, you can make out the silhouettes of some of the most iconic structures in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower in the distance. 

12. Pont Saint-Benezet – Avignon, France

Pont Saint-Benezet
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We’ve all come to know that a bridge is a structure that connects two points on land. In that sense, the Pont Saint Benezet in Avignon, France is an anomaly. 

This famous bridge in the South of France extends from Avignon but seemingly stops in the middle of the Rhone River. That’s because Pont Saint Benezet was once a 900m bridge that connected the town to the Papal State of Comtat Venaissin. However, years of erosion from the river tide caused it to be abandoned in the 17th century. Of the original 22 stone arches that were built, only four remain today. 

While it is no longer a viable crossing, it remains an iconic part of the city and a tourist hot spot. In fact, the popular French song, Sur le Pont d’Avignon, was inspired by this famous bridge in France!

13. Millau Viaduct – near Millau, France

Millau Viaduct

Unlike most other famous bridges in Europe, the Millau Viaduct in France features a sleeker, more modern design. This cable-stayed bridge stretches 343m across the Tam River and is one of the tallest bridges in the world.   

One of the reasons tourists flock to this famous European bridge is because of its seemingly impossible design. Despite being made primarily of steel and concrete, it looks extremely airy. In fact, it apparently looks like a feather when viewed from the sky! 

If you’re looking for a good photo spot, try the car park next to The Viaduct Exhibition museum. 

14. Pont-Neuf – Paris, France

Pont-Neuf – Paris, France

The most iconic bridge in Paris is Pont-Neuf, the oldest stone bridge of its kind in the City of Lights. 

This famous European bridge stretches over the Seine River and features 381 stone masks that adorn either side of the structure. While they may look menacing, each mask actually represents a different forest divinity from ancient mythology. 

Apart from offering Insta-worthy views, the bridge also allows visitors to travel to the historical heart of Paris, where iconic landmarks, such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, stand.

15. Glenfinnan Viaduct – Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is definitely one of the most famous bridges in Europe, especially for Harry Potter fans. 

Yes, this iconic railway viaduct in Scotland, set amidst lush greenery, is the very same one that the Hogwarts Express uses to get to Hogwarts Castle! 

For the ultimate Potterhead experience, you can hop aboard the Jacobite steam train (the ACTUAL Hogwarts Express) and travel along the Glenfinnan Viaduct like in the movies! 

16. Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Forth Bridge, Edinburgh

Scotland has its fair share of beautiful bridges and one of them, is Forth Bridge in South Queensferry, just a short distance away from Edinburgh. 

Unlike most famous European Bridges, Forth Bridge isn’t actually open to pedestrians. Rather, it is a railway bridge between South and North Queensferry. That said, Forth Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe, is still a lovely sight from afar. 

One of the most popular sites to admire the bridge is at the Queensferry Museum. Alternatively, simply hop on a train traveling north from Edinburgh and you should pass right over this Scottish landmark. 

17. Wishing Bridge – Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Wishing Bridge

Did you know, there is a bridge in Ireland that is said to be able to grant wishes?

While the Wishing Bridge on the Ring of Kerry isn’t the most famous bridge in Europe, it’s certainly charming in its own way. This rustic stone bridge is nestled within verdant greenery, with vegetation growing on the bridge itself, making it blend seamlessly into its surroundings. 

You can choose to either stroll along the bridge or rent a bike to explore the surrounding area. However, for the most unique and memorable experience of the Wishing Bridge, take a ride over it in a horse-drawn wagon! 

18. Ha’penny Bridge – Dublin, Ireland

Ha’penny Bridge
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One of the best views of the Ha’Penny Bridge in Dublin can actually be found at the end of the bridge looking into the middle. The symmetry, the design, everything is absolutely stunning.  

Officially called the Liffey Bridge, this famous bridge in Ireland was built all the way back in the 1800s and was once the only pedestrian bridge to cross the Liffey River. It is decorated with elegant lamp posts and has even been featured in several movies such as Far and Away (1992) and Michael Collins (1996). 

Fun fact: The name Ha’Penny actually means “half a penny”. That’s because when the bridge was first built, travelers would have to pay half a penny to use the cast-iron bridge! 

19. Roman Bridge – Cordoba, Spain

Roman Bridge – Cordoba, Spain

When it comes to the oldest bridges in Europe, the Roman Bridge in the ambient Spanish city of Cordoba comes extremely close. After all, this famous European bridge was built in the 1st century!

Built by the Romans (duh!), the stone bridge crosses over the Guadalquivir River and was once the only connection between the region and the wider Roman Empire. 

After several reconstructions, including a complete renovation in the 8th century by the Moors, the bridge now stands as an iconic attraction in the city. 

20. Puente Nuevo Bridge – Ronda, Spain

Puente Nuevo Bridge

The Puente Nuevo Bridge in Spain is often considered one of the most famous bridges in Spain simply because of its mesmerizing location. 

This famous bridge in Spain looks like it belongs in the time of the Ancient Romans thanks to its Medieval stone arches. In reality, it was built only in 1793 and is considered one of the newer bridges in the region. 

Puente Nuevo spans a 120-meter deep ravine and connects the old and new parts of the town of Ronda. While crossing the bridge is an alluring experience in and of itself, I suggest taking a trip down to the bottom of the canyon to fully appreciate the majestic architecture of the bridge. 

21. Vasco da Gama Bridge – Lisbon, Portugal

Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that hangs over the Tagus River in Lisbon. Measuring a total of 12.34km (or 7.67 miles) in length, it is the longest bridge in Europe!

Even though the bridge, named after the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, isn’t accessible by foot, you can still admire the majestic structure from underneath it. Simply head to the  Parque das Nacoes district, and stroll along the waterfront promenade for an up-close view. 

22. Dom Luís I Bridge – Porto, Portugal

Dom Luís I Bridge
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Upon glancing at the Dom Luis I Bridge in Porto, you might be reminded of the Eiffel Tower. That is no coincidence because the person who designed the bridge was actually a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind the iconic architectural wonder in Paris! 

Apart from looking absolutely gorgeous, the double-decker design of the Dom Luis I Bridge also serves a practical purpose. The lower level is for cars and motor vehicles while the upper level is reserved for pedestrians and trams!

Needless to say, when in Porto, walking across this famous bridge in Portugal is an experience that’s not to be missed! 

23. Ponte 25 de Abril – Lisbon, Portugal

Ponte 25 de Abril

The Ponte 25 de Abril is Portugal’s answer to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In fact, both bridges were built by the same company! 

Featuring the same vibrant red hues, the Ponte 25 de Abril connects the city of Lison to the suburbs of Almada and the lovely Costa da Caparica. 

While the bridge isn’t accessible to pedestrians (only vehicles and trains are allowed on), it is a lovely sight to look at from afar, especially under the radiant glow of the evening sun. 

Fun fact: This famous bridge in Portugal is the longest suspension bridge in Europe!

24. Old Stone Bridge – Regensburg, Germany

Panorama of Stone Bridge, Cathedral and Old Town of Regensburg, eastern Bavaria, Germany

It comes as no surprise that Germany, home to some of the most enchanting medieval castles in the world, also houses some of the most famous bridges in Europe. 

Take the Old Stone Bridge in Regensburg (Bavaria) for example. Built during the 12th century, this stone bridge spans the Danube river and was instrumental in helping the city grow in trade and commerce during the Middle Ages. 

Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its lovely views and its close proximity to another iconic location in the city: The Regensburg Cathedral.

25. Old Bridge, Heidelberg, Germany

Old Bridge, Heidelberg, Germany

Another famous bridge in Germany is the Old Bridge in Heidelberg. Built across the Neckar River, this sandstone bridge is one of the few remaining bridges of its kind in Europe. 

It features medieval white ramparts that were once part of the city wall and a few statues, including one of the goddess Minerva and Karl Theodor, the Duke of Bavaria who ordered the construction of the bridge in 1788. 

Today, it remains one of the city’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions and is especially popular for catching the sunrise in the city. 

26. Bastei Bridge – Lohmen, Germany

Bastei Bridge - Lohmen, Germany

The Bastei Bridge in Lohmen, Germany blends so well with the natural scenery around it that you might even think that it’s a natural land formation! 

In truth, this stone bridge above the Elbe River was constructed in 1851, replacing a previous wooden bridge that took its place. Thanks to its enigmatic surroundings and alluring vistas, the Bastei Bridge is one of the top attractions in the area of Lohmen and is certainly well worth the visit!  

27. Bridge of 15 Bridges – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bridge of 15 Bridges – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Our list of famous bridges in Europe surely wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Amsterdam. After all, much like Venice, the capital of the Netherlands is also a city of canals and beautiful bridges. 

Found in Amsterdam’s central canal belt, the Bridge of 15 Bridges is arguably one of the most iconic European Bridges. I’m sure you’ve seen it on postcards too! As the name suggests, standing on this bridge gives you an incredible view of at least 15 other bridges that cross the canal. 

Take your time fiddling with your camera angles to line up the perfect shot to commemorate your visit!  

28. Erasmus Bridge – Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge – Rotterdam, the Netherlands

While the Bridge of 15 Bridges in Amsterdam features a more rustic, medieval design, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam gives off more futuristic vibes. 

The second-largest bridge in the Netherlands hangs over the Nieuwe Maas and connects the central and northern areas of Rotterdam. More importantly, this iconic European bridge features an elegant design and color (pastel white), leading to it being nicknamed “The Swan”. 

The best way to experience the allure of The Swan is simply to hop on a boat tour on the Nieuwe Maas. 

29. Bonifacius Bridge – Bruges, Belgium

Bonifacius Bridge – Bruges, Belgium
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The Bonifacius Bridge in Bruges is arguably one of the most famous bridges in Belgium

While the stone bridge itself looks pretty normal, it’s the surrounding scenery that makes it a top destination for avid photographers. Known by locals as “The Bridge of Love”, this 100-year old bridge is nestled within the picturesque town of Bruges, between Arentshof and the Guuthuse Palace. 

The scenic location, combined with the occasional sight of swans bobbing along the river below makes it one of the most romantic spots in the town and a must-visit for couples. 

30. Alte Rheinbrucke – Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Alte Rheinbrucke – Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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The Alte Rhinebrucke, located between Liechtenstein and Switzerland, is the only wooden bridge that crosses the Rhine River. In fact, its name aptly translates to “old bridge over the Rhine”.

While this famous bridge in Europe isn’t quite the most picturesque structure on the list, it does offer visitors a unique experience. Since the bridge connects Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein to Gallen Switzerland, visitors can snap a photo of themselves being in two different countries at the same time!

31. Szechenyi Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary

Szechenyi Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary
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The iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge is arguably the most iconic structure in Hungary and one of Europe’s most beautiful historical bridges. 

Located in the dreamy city of Budapest, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge stretches across the Danube River, connecting the two halves of the capital city, Buda and Pest. 

Not only is the bridge one of the most popular Insta-worthy locations in the city, but walking across it offers you incredible views of the Danube River. We recommend visiting at night when hundreds of little lights illuminate the bridge for an even more romantic experience. 

32. Dachstein Suspension Bridge – Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria

Dachstein Suspension Bridge – Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria

For thrill-seekers, one of the most famous European “bridges” you can visit is the Dachstein Suspension Bridge in Austria

Nestled amidst snow-capped peaks in the Austrian Alps, this famous suspension bridge in Austria (the highest in the country) offers alluring views for those who can drum up the courage to walk across it. 

For an even more adrenaline-fueled experience, visit the Stairway to Nothingness, where you can stand over a glass-bottom viewpoint with nothing beneath you except the ravine of the mountain!

33. Latin Bridge – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

3. Latin Bridge – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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The Latin Bridge in Sarajevo is one of the most famous bridges in Europe, particularly for its rich history. 

It is the oldest bridge in the city (built by the Ottomans in the 16th century). More importantly, the Latin Bridge is arguably the place where World War I started: It was here where Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. 

Despite its solemn history, this famous bridge in Europe actually features plenty of lovely views, with the alluring Dinaric Alps visible in the distance one of the key draws of this tourist attraction. 

34. Durdevica Tara Bridge – Montenegro

Durdevica Tara Bridge – Montenegro
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The Durdevica Tara Bridge is one of the most famous European bridges in the Balkans. Nestled within the verdant greenery of Durmitor National Park, the concrete arch bridge stretches over the beautiful Tara Canyon. 

Apart from admiring the view, you can also go rafting beneath the bridge or hop on a zipline alongside the iconic structure. 

35. UFO Bridge – Bratislava, Slovakia

UFO Bridge – Bratislava, Slovakia

The UFO Bridge in Bratislava, Slovakia, is one of the more recent bridges on this list, having been built only in 1972. That said, its relatively short existence thus far takes nothing away from its unique charm. 

This famous crossing slung across the Danube River is one of the largest hanging bridges in the world. Apart from its creative design, punctuated by a spaceship-like structure on its pylon, the UFO Bridge also offers amazing panoramic views of the city thanks to its open-air observation deck! 

Fun fact: The “flying saucer” on the pylon actually houses a fine dining restaurant that allows you to dine amongst the clouds! 

36. Galata Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey

6. Galata Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey
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The Galata Bridge which connects the Old City of Istanbul to Beyoglu is one of the busiest bridges in Turkey. It is also one of the most popular sites in the city to catch a beautiful sunset. 

This famous bridge in Turkey is a double-decker bridge with the first floor being lined with various cafes and eateries. The second floor, meanwhile, is open to both pedestrians and motor vehicles. 

37. Storseisundet Bridge – Romsdal Peninsula, Norway

Storseisundet Bridge – Romsdal Peninsula, Norway
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There are plenty of majestic bridges in Norway, most of which connect the mainland to smaller islands along the coast. Storseisundet Bridge is among the most famous bridges in Norway, found in the chilly southern region of Trondheim. 

The bridge measures 260 meters long and features a graceful semi-circle 23 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. One of the biggest draws of this European bridge is the opportunity to admire the rushing waves along the piers beneath the bridge, which is also part of the beautiful Atlantic Road in Norway. 

Whether you’re crossing by car or on foot, the impressive scenery is SURE to make you say “wow!” 

And there you have it: 37 of the most famous bridges in Europe! Did any of them grab your attention? For more famous bridges to visit, check out these bridges in Florence and Venice

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