Compilation Video: World's Top Bridges
AirVuz has assembled this highlight reel of some of the world's most well known bridges. Drawing from the Bridges collection, the reel includes footage from the Golden Gate (San Francisco), Tower (London), Stari Most (Mostar), Charles (Prague), Vasco de Game (Lisbon), Harbour (Sydney), Verrazano (New York), Bolshoi Obukhovske (St. Petersburg), Mackinac (Michigan), Ponte Vecchio (Florence), Yavuz Sultan and Bosphorus (both Istanbul), Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Virginia), and more.
Golden Gate Bridge: American Icon
The Golden Gate Bridge connects the City of San Francisco with Marin County to its north, at the opening of San Francisco Bay. It was conceived during the depths of the Great Depression, and at the time of its completion in 1937, it was the longest and tallest suspension span bridge in the world at 1.3k meters (4.2k ft.). Contributor Jordanthe used a drone to create a memorable aerial view of this bridge, which since its construction has been one of the most iconic sites in the United States.
London's Tower Bridge
Contributor CH Drone created this amazing aerial video of London's Tower Bridge, one of the world's most iconic spans. Like the older London Bridge, it crosses the Thames River, the waterway which gave rise to the great city on its banks. Tower Bridge was built in the late 19th century when the growth of the City of London necessitated a second bridge (although technically its northern end is not in the City). The bridge was prominently featured when London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012.
Brooklyn Bridge: Unifying New York
The Brooklyn Bridge connects the New York City burroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River. Completed in 1883, the construction of the 1.8k meter (almost 6k ft.) long hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge was one of the most important events in the building of modern day New York. In this video, creator Sikview flew a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone over the bridge, providing us with a memorable bird's eye view of this immense structure.
Bosnia's Mostar Bridge
Of all the sights of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the most recognized is likely the Stari Most ("Old Bridge") over the Neretva River in Mostar. Built under the Ottoman Empire in 1556 or 1557, the 29 meter (about 100 ft.) Mostar Bridge is one of the most recognizable historical sights in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this video, Alex Avsharov used his DJI Mavic Air to give us a breathtaking aerial view of Stari Most, which was heavily damaged in the Yugoslav civil war of the mid-1990's.
Prague: Charles Bridge
Prague's Charles Bridge is one of the most recognized sites of the Czech capital city. The bridge, which took 45 years to build, connects Prague Castle with the city's historic Old Town. At 515 meters in length (1.7k ft), the stone span over the Vltava River represented an immense technological achievement at the time it was completed 1402. Contributor Alan Chan used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create an impressive bird's eye view of this treasured historical landmark in the heart of Central Europe.
Lisbon: Vasco de Gama Bridge
Jorge Novo Murias used a drone to create this epic bird's eye view of of Portugal's Vasco de Gama Bridge. The highly complex span was completed in 1998 in connection with Expo 1998, the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama's epic voyage to India. The cable-stayed bridge, which is the second longest in Europe, spans 12.3 km (7.3 mi) over the Tagus river and is now a critical part of metropolitan Lisbon's infrastructure.
Scotland's Forth Bridges
The Firth of Forth is an estuary where several of Scotland's most important rivers (the Firth, North Sea, and Fife) empty into the North Sea. It is actually a fjord dating from the last glacial period. The Firth is crossed by three bridges: Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, and Queensferry Crossing, the last having just opened in 2017. Contributor John Banks used a drone to give us an aerial look at these three spans across this important waterway, on which sits the great Scottish capital Edinburgh.
Sydney: Harbor Bridge
In this video, contributor EdDrone used a DJI Mavic Air to aerially capture the fun of a sunset cruise in Sydney Harbor, Australia. The sequence opens and closes with some great shots of what is perhaps the city's most prominent landmark, the Harbor Bridge. Built in the 1930's, the 1.15k meter (about 3.8k ft.) through-arch bridge was similarly important to Sydney, connecting its downtown to the North Shore. It is the world's tallest steel arch bridge, and by most accounts the most beautiful.
New York's Verrazano Bridge
The Verrazano Bridge is a relatively recent addition to the transportation infrastructure of New York City. The double-decked suspension bridge spans the Narrows, a stretch of water passing between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. When completed in 1964, the bridge's main span of 1.3k meters (just over 4.2k) ft.) was the longest in the world for almost two decades. In this video, conteibutor Leonard James flew a drone into the Narrows to film a ship passing under the span.
St. Petersburg: Bolshoi Obukhovsky Bridge
Bolshoi Obukhovsky Bridge is the newest bridge crossing the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. Competed in 2004, the 2.8k meter (9.2k ft) cable suspension bridge is the only St. Petersburg bridge which is not a drawbridge. Dronemedia.me used a DJI Phantom drone to create a bird's eye view of this monumental span, an important addition to the infrastructure of Russia's second largest city and one which instantly received worldwide recognition due to its highly complex design.
Michigan's Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge connects mainland Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, and sits at the divide between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Built in 1957, the bridge is roughly 8 km (5 mi) long, making it one of the longest bridges in the US. It passes to the west of Mackinac Island, a popular Lake Huron tourist area, which is home to some of the best sailing waters in the country. Northern POV used a drone and some creative editing to make this amazing aerial video of this important span.
Florence: Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Contributor Nathan Jermy created this inspiring drone video of Florence, the great city of the Italian Renaissance. The opening and ending shots of the video focus on one of Florence's most famous landmarks: the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which spans 32 meters (just over 100 ft.) across the Arno River. While there was a bridge here as long ago as Roman times, the current bridge was built in the 14th century and survived World War II intact despite damage to other parts of the city.
Istanbul's Third Bridge
The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is the newest and northernmost of the three spans which cross the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. Sometimes called the Third Bridge, it has a a total length of over 2k meters (7.1k ft.). Opened in 2016, it carries both road and rail traffic between the western (European) and eastern (Asian) sides of the great city. Contributor Pascha brings us this stunning aerial view of this span, which is the second highest in the world at 320 meters (over 1.0k ft.).
Istanbul: July 15th Martyr's Bridge
IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning drone video of Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge (Boğaziçi Köprüsü), officially known as the July 15th Martyrs Bridge. Completed in 1973, it was the first bridge to cross the Boshphorus Straits which separate the city's western (European) and eastern (Asian) sides. Since the construction of two more bridges north of here, it's come to be known as the First Bridge. The suspension bridge has a length of 1.45k meters, or 5.1k ft.
The USA's Chesapeake Bay Bridge
When it opened in the early 1950's, Chesapeake Bay Bridge was the longest over-water span in the world at 6.9 km (4.3 mi.). Now a dual span bridge, it connects Maryland's eastern and western shores of Chesapeake Bay. Contributor Eyes in the Sky used a drone to create this impressive aerial video of this impressive steel span, officially known as the Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge. The bridge was the filming location for a high profile scene in the 2006 movie Mission: Impossible III.
Turkey's Osmangazi Bridge
Contributor and drone pilot gokhanakman created this amazing aerial video of one of the world's longest suspension bridges. The Osmangazi Bridge spans the Gulf of İzmit, an eastern extension of the Sea of Marmara in northwestern Turkey. The bridge, which opened in mid-2016, has a total length of almost 2.7k meters (almost 8.8k ft.). Among other things, the span greatly shortened the driving distance between Istanbul and İzmir, the country's largest and third largest cities, respectively.
Kiev's Pivnichnyi (Northern) Bridge
The Pivnichnyi (Northern) Bridge is a massive span which crosses the Dneiper River in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the capital city's northernmost (upriver) crossing point, spanning a difficult and wide stretch of it compared to the crossing points of the downriver bridges. Opened in 1976, the 816 meter (about 2.7k ft.) cable-stayed suspension bridge was a major Soviet era infrastructure investment. Contributor CamFly flew a drone over the span at sunset to create this amazing bird's eye view.
Pont du Gard: Roman Bridge in France
Contributor Juliendrone created this beautiful video of the Pont du Gard, one of the world's most well known aquaduct bridges. It spans the Gardon River in the Gard District of Southern France. It was built in the first century AD to provide water to the nearby city of Nimes. The world's highest elevated aquaduct, the 275 meter (900 ft.) stone bridge was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. The stone structure was last known to be used in the 6th century.
Hanoi: Long Bien Bridge
Contributor Justhowes created this beautiful drone video of an important modern historical landmark in Vietnam. The Long Bien Bridge crosses the Red River in Hanoi, connecting two of the capital city's districts. Originally called the Paul Doumer Bridge, the 2.4 km (1.5 mi.) cantilever span was designed and built during the French Colonial era, opening in 1903. Due to its strategic importance, the Long Bien Bridge was bombed repeatedly during the US Vietnam War, and repeatedly repaired.
Greece's Rio-Antirrio Bridge
In this video, contributor Badios aerially filmed Katerina Soldatou performing an aerial dance beneath a famous modern bridge in Greece. The Rio–Antirrio Bridge connects the Peloponnese Peninsula to the Greek mainland, well to the west of the Corinth Canal crossings. Built in 2004, the 2.9k meter ((9.5k) cable-stayed bridge is widely considered to be one of the great works of modern civil engineering. As of 2018, the span is the world's third largest span of the suspended cable-stayed design.
The Netherlands: Zeeland Bridge
Dutch contributor XL Creations created this spectacular drone video of the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The Zeelandbrug (Zeeland Bridge) connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland over the estuary of the Scheldt River in the Zeeland province. Built in the early 1960's, at the time of completion it was the longest bridge in Europe. Composed of 50 spans, the bridge has a total length of just over five kilometers, or about three miles.
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge
Top contributor Bbloss created this stunning drone video of what may be the world's most expensive bridge. Following its partial collapse during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, a decision was made to rebuild the eastern half of the landmark San Francisco Bay Bridge, which spans over 7 km (almost 4.5 mi.) over the bay. Construction on the eastern span replacement began in 2002 and wasn't completed until 2013, a six year delay. Its final coast was $6.5 billion, vs. an initial estimate of $250 million!
Angostura: Bridging the Orinoco
The Orinoco River, which is situated primarily in Venezuela, is the fourth largest river system in the world by discharge rate. Due to its width, the Orinoco was not bridged until the construction of the Angostura Bridge near Bolivar, in the southeastern part of the country. Contributor DJIVzla Drone used a DJI Inspire drone to create this aerial video of the roughly 700 meter (about 2.3k ft.) suspension bridge, which was built in 1967 and until 2006 was the mighty river's only crossing.
Philadelphia's Ben Franklin Bridge
The first bridge to cross the Delaware River in Philadelphia was the Delaware River Bridge, which connects the city to New Jersey. Now known as the Ben Franklin Bridge, it opened in 1926, in connection with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. When built, its 530 meter (1.75k ft.) main span was the longest in the world. See this beautiful bridge in hyperlapse, compliments of contributor Chris Dantonio and his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.
Shanghai's Huangpu Bridges
Contributor Mattcoq used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this remarkable aerial video of two of China's most famous bridges, both of which cross the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The opening shot is of the 2003 vintage Lupu Bridge; its main spain of 550 meters (1.8k ft.) makes it the second longest arch bridge span in the world. The latter part of the video shifts to the Yangpu Bridge; its unique design led it to appearing at the #9 spot on CNN's 2017 survey of the world's most amazing bridges.
Colorado, USA: Royal Gorge Bridge
In this drone video by ADXGlock, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of the world's highest bridges. Built in 1928, the Royal Gorge Bridge spans Royal Gorge in Colorado, USA. The suspension bridge's 268 meter (880 ft.) main span sits almost 300 meters (855 ft.) above the Arkansas River. It was the tallest bridge in the world (suspension or otherwise) until 2001 and the tallest suspension bridge for another two years after that before being superceded by two bridges in China.
NYC: George Washington Bridge
The George Washington Bridge has the distinction of being the world's busiest in terms of annual motor traffic - it carries over 100 million vehicles per year over the Hudson River between Upper Manhattan in New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey. The double decker suspension bridge, which carries 14 lanes of traffic, has a length of 1.45k meters (almost 4.8k ft.). Inmotionaerial created this amazing drone video of the bridge, which was completed in 1931 and was the first span over the Lower Hudson.
Istanbul: Second Bosphorus Bridge
In this drone video by contributor Erman Çatı, you'll get some epic bird's eye views of one of the most important bridges in Istanbul, Turkey. The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is the second of the three bridges which span the Straits of Bosphorus that bisects the great city. Completed in 1988, the suspension bridge runs just over 1.5k meters (about 4.9k ft.) in total. Both chronologically and physically, it sits between the 15 July Martyr's Bridge (opened in 1973) and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (2016).
Canada's Confederation Bridge
Barely 20 years old, Confederation Bridge is one of the most well known spans in Canada. Opened in 1997, the bridge connects Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick. The bridge's total length is just under 13 km (8 mi.), and it's built in over 40 segments. Built at a cost of over C$1B, it's also known as the "Fixed Link", and is the only connection between PEI and the mainland. In this drone video from johnmacneill2471, you can check out the bridge from a bird's eye perspective.
New York's Queensboro Bridge
Contributor Ninjaone created this epic drone video of the Queensboro Bridge, a vital yet under-appreciated part of the infrastructure of New York City. Also known as the 59th Street Bridge, it connects Midtown Manhattan with Queens over the East River. The cantilevered bridge was opened in 1909, the same year as the Manhattan Bridge, which connects Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. The Queensboro Bridge is the point at which the New York Marathon crosses into Manhattan.
The Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
The Stone Arch Bridge crosses the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls, the historic heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was built by railwayman James J. Hill in the late 1800's to provide transportation for the flour milling industry which turned Minneapolis into the USA's fastest growing city during its Gilded Age. Now it's a footbridge, providing the best views of the Falls and downtown. See the Stone Arch from above in this drone video by contributor Gianlo.
The Bridges of Budapest
Bridges are the lifeblood of Budapest, a city created via the merger of Buda and Pest on either side of the Danube River. In this drone video by contributor Smmaxim, you'll get a bird's eye view of almost all of these bridges, shot from a vantage point flying above Buda Castle. The oldest and best known is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, which was built in 1849, 25 years before the union. With a total length of 375 meters (over 1.2k ft.), it was considered one of the world's engineering marvels.
New York's Tappan Zee Bridge
Osullivanstudios brings us this amazing aerial of the destruction of New York City's Tappan Zee Bridge. It crosses the Hudson River at one of its widest points, and at almost 5 km (about 3 mi.) it was the state's longest span when it opened in 1955. In the early 2000's, it became something of a poster-child for crumbling US infrastructure, and a $6 billion+ package was assembled to build a replacement. The new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened in 2017, following which the original bridge was demolished.
Bangkok's Bhumipol Bridge
Contributor Worldpitou created this beautiful drone video of Bangkok's Bhumibol Bridge, one of the most advanced bridge designs in the world. Also known as the Industrial Ring Road Bridge, it crosses the Chao Praya River in two separate spots, with one span over just over 700 meters and one just under 600 meters. Opened in 2006, it forms part of a gigantic infrastructure investment program to alleviate Bangkok's legendary traffic issues caused by the city's explosive growth.
Thailand's Bridge on the River Kwai
Contributor Flying Horizons used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of Kanchanaburi, an important cultural center lying a bit northwest of Bangkok. The first half of the video features beautiful aerial footage of the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai, a span over the Mae Klong River built by Imperial Japan in World War II with slave and POW labor which inspired a famous 1952 novel by French author Pierre Boulle that was later adapted to an Oscar-winning screenplay.