10 Bridges That Cross International Borders

I already wrote several posts about bridges, with respect to a special characteristic they hold, like the tallest bridges, longest, most famous or most beautiful. Here’s another list of bridges, but this time the emphasis is on their location rather than on the bridge itself. Before you is a list of bridges that span a river or a strait over an international border, connecting two countries

1. Øresund Bridge – Denmark and Sweden border – This railway and road bridge crosses the Øresund strait between Sweden and Denmark, and connects the Copenhagen metropolitan with Malmo metropolitan. The total length of the bridge is 7,845 meters (25,738 ft) which makes it Europe’s longest combined road and rail bridge

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Øresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Øresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden (source: Hajotthu)

 

2. Ambassador Bridge – United States and Canada border – There are many bridges on the long border between the United States and Canada, but the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario is the busiest international border crossing in North America. In fact, more than 25% of all the merchandise trade between the countries pass through this bridge. The bridge is a suspension bridge with a total length of 2,300 meters (7,500 feet)

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Ambassador Bridge, United States and Canada

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Ambassador Bridge, United States and Canada

 

3. Three Countries Bridge – France and Germany border – The Three Countries Bridge is located near the tripoint (or tri-border area) of France, Germany and Switzerland, within the metropolitan area of Basel, Switzerland. The bridge spans the Rhine River between France and Germany ,within the the metropolitan area. This beautiful arch bridge is for pedestrians and cyclists only, and has a total length of is 248 meters (813 ft)

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Three Countries Bridge, France and Germany

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Three Countries Bridge, France and Germany (source: Taxiarchos228)

4. Rainbow Bridge – United States and Canada border – The Rainbow Bridge is a 440 meters (1,450 ft) long arch bridge for both vehicles and pedestrians that spans the Niagara River gorge. The bridge opened in 1941 and connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario. The bridge offers breathtaking views of the Niagara Falls, and the origin for its name is the fact that a rainbow is often seen over the falls

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Rainbow Bridge, United States and Canada

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Rainbow Bridge, United States and Canada (source: sakas)

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Rainbow Bridge, United States and Canada

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Rainbow Bridge, United States and Canada

 

5. New Europe Bridge – Bulgaria and Romania border – The New Europe Bridge is a road and rail bridge that spans the Danube River and connects the cities of Vidin in Bulgaria and Calafat in Romania. Opened in 2013, the New Europe bridge is the second bridge that spans the Danube on its shared section between the two countries. It has a total length of 1,971 meters (6,467 ft)

Bridges That Cross International Borders: New Europe Bridge, Bulgaria and Romania

Bridges That Cross International Borders: New Europe Bridge, Bulgaria and Romania (source: Uwarf)

 

6. Victoria Falls Bridge – Zimbabwe and Zambia border – The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River not far from the world famous Victoria Falls, from which it took its name. The bridge is a road, rail and pedestrian bridge, connecting the towns of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. The bridge entire length is 198 meters (650 ft), and the deck is set across the gorge, at a height of 128 meters (420 ft) above the river below. Construction of the bridge took around a year and it finally opened in 1905

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe and Zambia

 

7. Allenby Bridge (King Hussein Bridge) – Israel and Jordan border – Allenby bridge or King Hussein bridge spans the Jordan River and connecting the West Bank with Jordan, with Jordanian and Israeli border control on both sides. The bridge itself is not as impressive (and certainly not as long) as the rest of the bridges mentioned here, but it has long and unique history, that fits its biblical location. Originally there was an old Ottoman bridge at this location, built in 1885. It was replaced by the British in 1918. Later, it was then destroyed in 1946 by the fighting force of the Jewish community and destroyed once more during the Six Day War of 1967. A temporary bridge was set in 1968 and after the Jordan-Israeli peace treaty, the current permanent bridge was built in the late 1990s

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Allenby Bridge (King Hussein Bridge), Israel and Jordan

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Allenby Bridge (King Hussein Bridge), Israel and Jordan

 

8. The Tajikistan-Afghanistan bridge – Tajikistan and Afghanistan border – Opened in 2007, this 672 meters (2204 ft) long bridge spans the Panj River and connecting  Tajikistan with Afghanistan. The bridge was financed by the United States. There are a couple more smaller bridges that connect Tajikistan and Afghanistan, built around the same time as this bridge

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Tajikistan-Afghanistan bridge, Tajikistan and Afghanista

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Tajikistan-Afghanistan bridge, Tajikistan and Afghanista

9. Bridge of No Return – South Korea and North Korea border – Located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea, the Bridge of No Return is not your typical border crossing. The bridge was used for prisoner exchanges at the end of the Korean War in 1953 and was last used for that purpose in 1968. The bridge ceased all other activity in 1976, after two United States Army officers were killed by North Korean soldiers. Nevertheless, the bridge is still surrounded by many checkpoints on both sides

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Bridge of No Return, South Korea and North Korea

Bridges That Cross International Borders: Bridge of No Return, South Korea and North Korea (source: Filzstift)

 

10. Bosphorus Bridge, Turkey – Geographic border between the Europe and Asia – The Bosphorus bridge or First Bosphorus bridge doesn’t cross an international border as both its sides are in Istanbul, Turkey. However, the bridge does has an interesting meaning as it spans the Bosphorus strait which is the accepted border between Europe and Asia. The bridge is a suspension bridge 1,560 meters (5,118 ft) long

The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey - Connects Europe and Asia

The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey – Connects Europe and Asia

The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey - Connects Europe and Asia

The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey – Connects Europe and Asia (source: Carlos Delgado; CC-BY-SA)

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