Bridges are a cool thing to build in Minecraft, whether you are on survival or creative. A Minecraft bridge is often needed to cross rivers, canyons, castle towers, or even trees. You can use them for different purposes, for example to transport water or for a minecart railway.
There are many different materials and ways you can build a bridge in Minecraft. For materials, wooden or stone bridges tend to be the most popular since they are easy to get and look pretty nice. For fancier bridges, consider using concrete, quartz, or even iron and diamond blocks.
Another thing to think about is size. For a river, a small simple wooden bridge will be fine, but for a large valley a bigger suspension bridge may look better. Larger bridges are obviously more difficult to build and require more materials!
To give you some ideas, we have 7 photos of cool bridges we picked out:
1. Simple Wooden Bridge
Simple wooden bridges are perfect as a decoration or for crossing a small river biome. This one is very simple, and uses easy materials like wood (and a bit of stone for the buttons). Like most other bridges, it can be made longer by simply repeating the pattern.
For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make this wooden bridge in Minecraft, check out this YouTube video.
2. Curved Wooden Minecraft Bridge
Curved bridges are perfect for those “diagonal” rivers which are tricky to build over. This design is a little more complicated than the previous one and uses lamps instead of torches. The texture pack and nighttime lighting in this photo also makes the bridge look really cool! It is also made of wood, which makes it also pretty easy to build.
3. Large Stone Minecraft Bridge
Although this bridge is a bit larger, it is still quite simple in its design and materials. It is made of stone (with some glowstone or lamps for decoration) and can cross larger valleys or distances. The repeating pattern makes it very easy to extend however far you want.
4. Small Rope Bridge
Rope bridges can be hard to build without using mods since you can only use blocks. But it is possible! You can see from this photo the use of inclines and fences to make a ‘fake rope’ bridge. Personally, I think this bridge may look better if it was extended more. The dip in the middle is a little steep and could be smoothed out by making it longer.
5. Large Suspension Bridge
A suspension bridge can be a challenge in Minecraft, especially survival. Without flying, it will probably be frustrating to build. But you can still try! This bridge is designed for long distances, such as a very wide river or canyon. You will need a lot of materials, and something like wool or concrete will look nice.
A nice benefit of this kind of bridge is that the posts are far apart. This lets you easily go under the bridge or even build a boat (as shown in the photo).
6. Suspension Bridge on Island
This is another suspension bridge, but this one goes through an island. The post that goes on the island is a bit larger, and could include a staircase going down in the middle. A bridge like this is a good idea if you have a small island in your river.
7. Wooden Minecraft Bridge on Cliffs
Bridges can also be used to cross cliffs, and this is a good example of that. This one is also made of wood and is quite simple in design. The style of lamps is also unique and adds a nice touch of the medieval building style.