Planning a romantic getaway? To help you choose the perfect destination, take a look at some of the world's most romantic bridges!
A bridge is a meeting place, a possibility, a metaphor
There's something special about walking hand-in-hand over a beautiful bridge. With strangers crossing paths, regular romantic strolls, and proposals, bridges are certainly a magical place for couples. Perhaps their purpose of connecting two places is representative of the romantic connection between two people? Or maybe they're just pretty! Regardless of what these structures mean to you, here are some of the world's most romantic bridges to see on your next romantic getaway!
1. Ponte di Rialto, Venice
One of the most romantic bridges of all is, of course, the Rialto Bridge in Venice. This bridge is rich in history, and was originally made from wood before it burned down and was rebuilt in stone in the late 16th century. It's particularly unique due to the two rows of shops built into the bridge which meet at an arch in the middle. The intricate design and history this bridge boasts are just some of the reasons why it's a very popular spot for marriage proposals in Venice.
2. Pont Neuf, Paris
Le Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris, traversing the Seine and meeting the tip of the Île de la Cité in the middle. This bridge is also featured in the film Les Amants Du Pont Neuf, which follows the turbulent story of two young homeless lovers who live on the bridge while it's closed for repairs. If you aren't already convinced by its romantic beauty, watch the film, particularly the iconic scene in which the pair dance along the bridge to a mashup of old and new music including David Bowie, and you're bound to fall in love with it.
3. Rakotzbrücke, Saxony
Despite its ominous name, this is one of the most picturesque fairytale bridges in the world. On a still, sunny day, the bridge's reflection gives the illusion of a perfect circle, giving it a fanciful aura. Crossing the German bridge is unfortunately prohibited due to its extremely delicate structure, which is actually where the name 'Devil's Bridge' comes from. It was historically believed to be kept standing by the Devil himself because its design seemed to defy all laws of physics!
4. Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge
Named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, this beautiful covered bridge in Cambridge, England is situated on the university campus, and connects the new court to the old college buildings. In Venice, the bridge takes its name because prisoners would cross it and sigh at their last view of the city before being locked up. The bridge in Cambridge is thought to take the same name to represent the sighs of students beginning their exam period! Take a punting tour of the city and pass under this beautiful structure with your significant other.