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City views from well-placed bridges are a universal lure to the traveller. Many have become instantly recognisable city icons. Here are four that provide some of the world’s most scenic strolls.

 


Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Lucerne’s historic wooden bridge has views towards medieval guild-houses and flower-decked riverside cafés, as well as across Lake Lucerne to the Alps beyond. There has been a bridge here, flanked mid-river by an octagonal stone tower, since 1333, though most of the current structure is a reconstruction after a dramatic fire in 1993. The bridge’s painted roof panels show scenes from Swiss history and legend: look out for folk hero William Tell, crossbow at the ready.



 

Zürich, Switzerland
Distance: 4,490 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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United Kingdom

Millennium Bridge, London

This pedestrian-only bridge links the City of London to Bankside with a 325 m span across the Thames. Its supports sit below the deck, leaving terrific views completely unobstructed: St Paul’s cathedral on one side, the Tate Modern art gallery and Globe Theatre on the other. The bridge itself  a collaboration between engineer and sculptor, with a striking design  has become a prime tourist attraction in itself, and is well worth walking at night, when illuminated views along the river are delightful.



 

London, England
Distance: 5,219 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 6 flights a day

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France

Alexander III Bridge, Paris

Named after a Russian emperor, this 19th-century arched bridge across the Seine is a delight for its views of the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Le Grand Palais. But it’s also a listed national monument and the most exuberantly decorated bridge in the city, rich in cherubs, nymphs, winged horses, imperious lions, and beautiful art nouveau lamps. Beaten copper mouldings green with age add to the splendid effect.



 

Paris, France
Distance: 4,980 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 15 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day

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USA

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The Gothic-inspired architecture and web of steel cabling of the Brooklyn Bridge have made it a New York landmark since 1883. Walkers (as well as cyclists and skaters) can use a boardwalk elevated above the road, allowing an excellent up-close look at this engineering triumph, which is surprisingly beautiful. There are even benches along the way to sit and contemplate the bridge and the views over East River and Manhattan. Walk the bridge from the Brooklyn end towards the city, which takes about 30 minutes, to get the best of the vistas.



 

New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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