The Millau Viaduct, France - In Photos

Posted on 05. Nov, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

Pretty impressive, right?

The Millau Viaduct is not just any impressive bridge - it’s the highest one in the world, standing proud at 270 meters, with the highest mast at 343 meters. Meaning that it’s even taller than the Eiffel Tower! Crossing the mighty Tarn river, it was completed in just over three years at a modest budget of 400 million euros. Thank you Wikipedia.

What’s great about the area is that there are a few places from which you can enjoy the bridge, all at different angles. You can either get to the rest area right before it and admire it in all its glory, you can cross it - obviously, but also know that it costs around 6 euros - or, if you are feeling adventurous behind the wheel, drive the tiny, winding little road that takes you all the way to the bottom part.

I don’t think I could pick a favorite though.

  • Crossing it is pretty cool. “I’m on the Millau Viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, y’all!” is a pretty neat things to say. And also because it’s SUPER windy and it kind of feels dangerous.
  • Seeing it from the rest area (after the toll, right before the bridge) is also a good option because  you get the see the whole region, and realize just how big the bridge is. And then wonder how they made it from one side to another before it was built.
  • But seeing it from under is probably the most impressive view - I mean, the bridge is towering 200 meters above you! And for some reason, the masts and cables sort of remind me of angels… super modern steel angels. No?

Have you ever seen the Millau Viaduct? If yes - where was your favorite spot to see it? Next to it, on it or under it?


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