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These Bridges Weren't Made For The Weak

1. Switzerland's Titlis Cliff Walk

The Titlis Cliff Walk is Europe's highest elevation suspension bridge, strung between towering rock faces in the beautiful Swiss Alps. It's a beautiful sight, but it's scary for those about to cross the massive gap below.

Titlis Cliff Walk: Europe's Highest Suspension Bridge Opens (PHOTOS) |  HuffPost Life

Just getting here, at over 10,000 feet above sea level, is a struggle, but the biggest test awaits those prepared to go upon the tiny platform. It's 100 feet from end to end, and the weather may change fast up here, with heavy snow posing a constant threat to anybody attempting to climb Mount Titlis.

Titlis Cliff Walk - Wikipedia

The path begins at the top and takes you into the glacier cave through an underground tunnel before arriving at the observation platform at the south wall window. From here to the Ice Flyer glacier chair lift station, the suspension bridge runs. The views down into the abyss below are stunning, but crossing the bridge will test your nerves as much as the steel wires that support it.

2. Russia's Vitim River Bridge

It's difficult to think that anybody would attempt to drive across the decaying Vitim River Bridge, but for those seeking adventure and excitement in Siberia, the challenge is frequently too much to refuse.

Watching an SUV cross this narrow, no-guardrail bridge is nerve-wracking |  Driving

The building, which was formerly a rail bridge, has long ago fallen into ruin, with its wooden platform rotting and its hazards becoming all too evident. The bridge is only six feet broad and barely wider than most current automobiles. There's nothing to stop drivers from plummeting into the frigid waters below because there's no rail or barrier.

Vitim River Bridge, Russia by Bridge Me • Findery

Siberia is cold — extremely cold — and the bridge is frequently covered in snow or, even worse, a thick layer of ice, which only adds to the risk. Once you've walked the 1900 feet from end to end, there's no going back. Definitely one to avoid, but if you can't help yourself, we recommend going slow and steady.

3. Mexico's Puente de Ojuela

Few bridges are more scary than this one, a dilapidated construction that crosses a steep canyon in Durango, has been in disrepair for decades, and is sure to frighten people who pass it.

File:Ojuela Bridge.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

The bridge was built in 1898 by the Roebling brothers, who also constructed the Brooklyn Bridge, to connect Mapimi and the gold mines that provided prosperity for a while.

File:Puente de la Ojuela, Durango.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Puente de Ojuela isn't as well-known as it previously was. With the region's precious metal mines depleted, the bridge was abandoned and allowed to deteriorate. Unless you want to see the remains of Ojela city, there is little incentive to step foot on its hazardous platform these days. However, the beauty of the canyon draws extreme sports enthusiasts and photographers to this high bridge.

Because of the open architecture of the structure and its remarkable height, passing through it creates the impression of weightlessness. The surrounding jagged cliffs add to the thrill, ensuring an adrenaline rush throughout a walk across the bridge.

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