Designer: George K.S. Rotne
The award-winning engineering miracle that is Øresundsbroen could not but occupy the very top of this list. Designed by architect George K.S. Rotne and completed on the turn of the millennium, the bridge connects Denmark’s capital to the Swedish town of Malmö via both motorway and railway that run across Oresund strait. What makes the structure truly remarkable, however, is that it begins as a tunnel in Copenhagen, which, approximately 8km (5 miles) off the Danish coast, reaches a small artificial island where it transitions into a bridge, continuing all the way to Sweden. The journey between the neighboring countries takes about 40 minutes.
Designer: Olafur Eliasson
The 32-meter-long Circle Bridge was designed by the renowned Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, also known for Your Rainbow Panorama at Aarhus museum. It links the area near Danisco with Christiansbro. What makes this bridge special is that, instead of being a straight pathway, it consists of five offset circular platforms of different sizes. Each one of them has a mast on top which was designed by Eliasson in order to make the bridge look like a sailing ship, in keeping with the history of Christianshavn which is a neighborhood strongly connected with sailing.
With the Bicycle Snake bridge (Cykelslangen in Danish) Copenhagen proves once more that it hasn’t earned the title of one of the best cities in the world for cyclists without reason. The architects behind the elegant design are Dissing+Weitling, and it’s thanks to them that, since June 2014, cyclists have no need to dismount on their way from Vesterbro to Islandsbrygge, when The Quay Bridge ends near Fisketorvet Shopping Center. This elegant bridge is 13 feet wide (4 meters) and it stretches for 623 feet (190 meters) above the harbor basin and between the blocks at Kalvebod Brygge.