These 12 stunning decks are engineering marvels
For 500 years, a hand-woven suspension bridge has spanned 92 feet across the Apurimac Canyon. Called Q’eswachaka, the bridge is rebuilt every year according to a ritual where the inhabitants untie the existing bridge and weave a new one locally. ishu grass. The ancient bridge building ceremony is then celebrated with traditional songs and dances.
The annual weaving was canceled in 2020, due to the pandemic, causing the bridge, one of the last surviving Inca rope bridges, to collapse. But community members were able to come together once again in June 2021 to rebuild the bridge that has linked communities divided by the Apurimac River for centuries.
Jet set north of the equator? Spot puffins and sharks from the 100-foot-high Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, first built by salmon fishermen in 1755. If it’s not high enough, cross the Millau Viaduct in France or the Beipanjiang Bridge, a record in China, a whopping 1,854 feet above the Beipan River.
Die Rakotzbrücke: Kromlau Park, Kromlau, Germany
Commissioned by Friedrich Hermann Rötschke in 1860, Rakotzbrücke’s perfect parabola and basalt spiers make it a legendary “devil’s bridge”. According to the Rakotzbrücke myth, the builder crossed the completed bridge, sacrificing himself in exchange for help from the devil. A good time to visit is during the spring flowering of the rhododendrons; for great views, hop aboard the Muskau Forest Railway.
Devil’s Bridges are one thing. You can visit others in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Italy, Wales, France, England, Spain and Arizona.