New research from Compare The Market has revealed Europe’s most Instagrammable bridges. Looking at hashtag data, Tower Bridge in the UK ranks in first position with over two million posts followed by Ponte Vecchio in Italy (939,453 posts) and Charles Bridge in the Czech Republic (716,555 posts).
If you’re driving across Europe this summer, Compare the Market has revealed the most Instagrammable bridges, based on Instagram hashtag data.
#TowerBridge takes the top spot as the most Instagrammable bridge, with 2,601,739 posts. In second place is #PonteVecchio in Italy with 939,453 posts. #CharlesBridge in the Czech Republic follows with 716,555 posts.
Top 5 most Instagrammable bridges in Europe
1. Tower Bridge, United Kingdom
Spanning the River Thames for more than 125 years, the Grade I listed bridge connects Tower Hamlets with Southwark and features two horizontal roadways that rise to allow ships to pass through.
2. Ponte Vecchio, Italy
Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence and is said to have been standing since Roman times, with construction finishing in 1345.
In the centre of the bridge, a bust of artist Benvenuto Cellini stands surrounded by a fence. Visiting couples hang small locks on the fence before throwing the keys into the Arno River below, a tradition which is said to seal the couple’s love for eternity.
3. Charles Bridge, Czech Republic
Charles Bridge took almost half a century to build with construction finishing in 1402, and it is the second-oldest bridge in the Czech Republic.
Other locations in the top 10 include Ponte 25 de Abril in Portugal (157,506 posts), Pont Alexandre III in France (135,043 posts), and Clifton Suspension Bridge in the UK (88,783 posts).
Tower Bridge ranks as the most Instagrammable bridge in the UK with 2,601,739 posts using #TowerBridge
As well as being the most Instagrammable bridge in Europe, London’s Tower Bridge also tops the UK’s ranking with 2,601,739 posts using #TowerBridge. #IronBridge in Shropshire takes second place with 121,487 posts, and London’s #MillenniumBridge comes in third with 105,635 posts.
4. Rialto Bridge, Italy
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Connecting the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in 1173, and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.
5. Pont Neuf, France
The Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France. It stands by the western point of the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the river that was, between 250 and 225 BC, the birthplace of Paris, then known as Lutetia and, during the medieval period, the heart of the city.
Top 5 most Instagrammable bridges in the UK
1. Tower Bridge, London
As an iconic part of the capital’s skyline, it’s no wonder Tower Bridge is so popular on Instagram.
2. Iron Bridge, Shropshire
Shropshire is home to the world’s first ever iron bridge, an engineering accomplishment that inspired the widespread use of cast iron in the construction of bridges, aqueducts and buildings.
3. Millennium Bridge, London
This pedestrian bridge over the Thames links Bankside and the City of London, offering fantastic views of some of London’s most famous landmarks.
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4. Tyne Bridge, Newcastle
The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. The bridge was designed by the engineering firm Mott, Hay and Anderson, who later designed the Forth Road Bridge, and was built by Dorman Long and Co. of Middlesbrough.
5. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Since opening in 1864, it has been a toll bridge, the income from which provides funds for its maintenance.