Whether you’re dropping the top down on your 4 Series Convertible, or staring out of the panoramic sunroof of your X5, BMW owners are known for taking pleasure from driving. There’s something inherently emotive about making your way across a breathtaking bridge, so here we’ve flagged up six of the most impressive spans from around the world, which are definitely worth the drive.
6. Duge Bridge
If you happen to find yourself in southeast China, don’t miss the opportunity to drive across the world’s highest bridge. Not one for the faint-hearted, you’ll motor along the Duge Bridge over 565 metres above the Beipan River. Work was completed on this spectacular structure in September 2016, which spans almost a mile. Not only will the Duge Bridge truly take your breath away, it’ll also save you some four hours on the drive between Xuanwei in Yunnan province and Shuicheng in Guizhou.
5. Millau Viaduct
A little closer to home is the Millau Viaduct in southern France. The bridge’s structure reaches almost 350 metres, making it the tallest in the world. Drive along the majestic viaduct as it sweeps over the valley of the River Tarn, lifting you high above the beautiful French countryside.
If you’re driving along the Atlantic Highway on the west coast of Norway, you could be forgiven for thinking the road in front of you suddenly rises and disappears into nothing. Don’t worry, the road hasn’t ended, you’ve just reached the Storseisundbrua. This bridge resembles the famous Corkscrew corner at California’s Laguna Seca racetrack, and is certainly one spot where you’ll want to stop and take some great pictures. You might not want to dither on the bridge for too long if the sea’s choppy and throwing monstrous waves up into the air though.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
It may not be the highest or the longest, but few bridges can compete with the Sydney Harbour Bridge when it comes to status. Soak up the stunning views across the city’s picturesque harbour as you make your way across the bridge, spotting famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House as you go. You can even climb the bridge if you’re feeling really brave.
2. Baluarte Bridge
Depending on which direction you’re coming from, you might be thrust out of a darkened tunnel right onto the jaw-dropping Baluarte Bridge. One of the highest bridges in the world, it forms part of the Durango-Mazatlan Highway. This stunning 140-mile mountain road was built to replace the notorious ‘Devil’s Backbone’ route, quickly and safely connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific.
1. Golden Gate Bridge
Could we talk about bridges and not mention San Francisco Bay’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge? One of the most recognisable landmarks on the planet, it’s got to be one of the most photographed too. With its reddish-orange hues and romantic reputation, this is one bridge that every avid motorist should want to tick off their list. Drive over it during the day for blue skies and sunshine, or as evening draws in for an unforgettable sunset.