Nature does not stop amazing us humans. And, humans cannot stop creating impressive architecture. When these both aspects combine, what we get as a result are those crazy roads and bridges that will leave you gape-mouthed. Such roads and bridges, however crazy, were a necessity to connect remote places. Driving out on these roads and bridges does not only offer astounding views but an arduous challenge to overcome the journey.
Oresund Bridge, Denmark
You are driving on the cable bridge from Denmark to Sweden when all of a sudden the bridge transitions into an underwater tunnel. Thrilling, no? Oresund Bridge that connects the Danish capital of Copenhagen to the Swedish city of Malmö is a marvellous example of Danish architecture. The 8 km bridge is a double track railway and motorway that mutates into a 4-km-long tunnel beneath the ocean.
You are standing in front of the open wide ocean, but you have to get to the other side of the bay. Open Sesame! The road surface on the ocean. Passage du Gois in France is a submersible causeway that links the island of Noirmoutier to the mainland in the department of Vendée, in France. The natural passage in the Bay of Bourgneuf is only accessible to traffic two times a day when the tide clears out. It was in 1701 when the passage was first mentioned on the map. The seemingly ordinary road is, in fact, a dangerous route trapping a lot of people during the high tides.
Guoliang Tunnel, China
Literally carved out from the rocky Taihang mountains of Henan Province, China, Guoliang Tunnel. The tunnel is a result of a five-year toil of 13 villages to chisel 1.2-km-long tunnel which is five metres high and four metres wide. The road was a replacement to 720 steep mountain steps and is now China’s major tourist attraction. It requires a mind of a monk to drive on this perilous road . The tunnel is not only an example of fine craftsmanship but also a window to spectacular views of Taihang mountains.
Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
We all enjoy the splash rides in amusement parks. But cruising over the roads with ocean waves constantly crashing may not be a safe thing. Atlanterhavsveien translated as Atlantic Ocean Road is one such route in Norway that takes you right out to the ocean’s edge. It connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. So if you car runs down the road, it immediately crashes into the ocean. But the foam sprayed journey in a storm from north-west offers the most beautiful drive.
Do not believe me? Go to these places and be sure to yourself while you shut your mouth gawking in wonder and amazement.