Øresundbroen — or Öresundbron if you're a Swede — isn't just the only bridge on our list to link two countries, it's also the only one to have its very own gritty Scandinavian police procedural named in its honor: "The Bridge." That's something!
Spanning the Øresund Strait to link the Danish capital of Copenhagen with the bustling, culture-packed Swedish city of Malmö, this cable-stayed bridge is also the longest combined road-rail bridge in Europe at just under 26,000 feet. That's almost 5 miles of truly beautiful driving or train riding — but seriously, the views from the bridge during midsummer sunset are among the prettiest in the world.
Opened in 2000 after a 5-year construction period that was preceded by decades of planning-related fits and starts, the bridge itself is basically a 2.6 billion euro infrastructure megaproject masquerading as a work of art. It's that beautiful. And the Øresund Bridge isn't the only component of this economy-bolstering crossing. Traveling southeast from Copenhagen toward Malmö, road and rail traffic is first carried through a 2.5-mile-long tunnel underneath the strait to the small artificial island of Peberholm where the bridge begins. By car, the whole trip takes about 10 minutes.