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Unique trampoline bridge may come to Paris

If you're planning on taking a France tour in the next few years, you might be lucky enough to see one of the most unusual modes of transportation in the world. French Architecture firm ACZ is working on developing a bridge over the Seine that would be made up entirely of inflatable trampolines, CNET reports.

The design was part of a contest launched by ArchTriumph, and while it may seem like a far-fetched idea, the developers have put a great deal of thought into the bridge. The plan involves inflating PVC rings with more than 130,000 cubic feet of air, and then stretching a mesh fabric about 100 feet long across each of the rings, according to the news source.

The idea certainly isn't without its detractors, however. Mainly, those opposed to the bridge are concerned that one wrong jump could send travelers into the river. While it remains to be seen whether the project will actually be built, it does bring to mind some of the most intriguing bridges in other cities across the globe.

Paris itself already has a number of unique bridges, so you don't have to wait for  the construction of a trampoline bridge to see a bit of architectural history. In fact, the Seine alone has 37 bridges crossing its waters, including the Pont d'Austerlitz, which dates back to 1805, and the Pont Marie, which was completed in 1635.

Florence has become a staple of Italy tours for a number of reasons, but it is also home to Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that can trace its roots back to the year 966. But aside from its impressive historical relevance, Ponte Vecchio is especially impressive because it is an inhabited bridge, meaning it has shops, which are still occupied, built along it.

Not all of the world's most interesting bridges are for cars, however, as is the case with Magdeburg Water Bridge in Magdeburg, Germany. Just looking at a photo of this unique structure can mess with your head: it's a bridge made of water going over another body of water. However, despite its unusual appearance, the bridge serves an important purpose because it connects two of Germany's most vital shipping canals while crossing the Elbe River.

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