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Although designed to facilitate the transport of watercourses from one side to the other, bridges can be extraordinary engineering and architectural achievements, many of them lasting for hundreds of years. In Europe, most of the historic bridges are natural tourist attractions nowadays, regardless of their shape or size. When you look at some of them, you can forget for a second about their initial, technical purpose. Here is a list of some of the most interesting bridges in Europe:

1. Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Stretching between the two banks of the Nieuwe Maas River, Erasmus is a beautiful suspended bridge that connects the two halves of Rotterdam, north, and south. Popularly named “The Swan” for its graceful shape, Erasmusbrug was completed in 1996 and is 802 meters long.

2. Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice, Italy

Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice, Italy

Covering the Rio di Palazzo, the Bridge of Sighs connects the interrogation rooms with the old Doge’s Palace prison. The bridge was made entirely of limestone between 1600 and 1603. The name we know today was the invention of the British poet Byron, suggesting that detainees would sigh as they crossed it and looked at the city of Venice for the last time.

Famous all over the world, the Bridge of Sighs is one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Venice. It can only be captured on cameras from the Rio di Palazzo itself, the Canonica Bridge, or the Ponte Della Paglia. Its curved, suspended profile is one of the city’s landmarks. In connection with the legends of the town, more or less invented for marketing reasons, today it is a symbol of romance and one of the favorite destinations of gondoliers.

3. Pont Neuf, Paris, France

Pont Neuf, Paris, France
The name somehow hides its history of hundreds of years, being the oldest working bridge across the Seine, in the capital of France. Although designated the ninth to differentiate it from other bridges in the capital, it has connected, for over 400 years, the Ile de la Cité, the heart of medieval Paris, on both sides of the river.

4. Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain

With a canyon 20 meters deep above the Guadalevín River, Puento Nuevo Bridge is an iconic bridge in the unique mountain town of Ronda, Spain. The bridge took a total of 42 years to build, completed in 1751. There are a total of three bridges spanning the canyon, and Puento Nuevo is the newest and largest one of them – and it is also the most visited.

It is known throughout the world for its chamber above the central arch, which was used as a prison and torture chamber during the 1936-1939 civil war. Today it contains a fascinating exhibition of the history and construction of the bridge.

5. Kapellbrucke bridge, Lucerna, Switzerland

Kapellbrucke, Lucerne, Switzerland
The Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is a 204 m long wooden bridge, originally built in 1333 and rebuilt in 1993 after a fire. The bridge passes by the octagonal Water Tower (Wasserturm), a 13th-century fortification. The bridge, together with the Water Tower, is the emblem of the Swiss city of Lucerne.

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