The longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in a Czech resort

Czech Republic Dorny Moraba — The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened at a mountain resort in the Czech Republic.

The 721-meter (2,365-foot) long bridge is built at an altitude of over 1,100 meters (3,610 feet) above sea level. It connects the two ridges of the mountain and hangs 95 meters (312 feet) above the valley below.

Sky Bridge 721, as is known, is located in the northeastern part of the country in the Kralicky Sneznik Mountains, near the border with Poland, about 200 km (125 miles) east of Prague.

The bridge provides an unusual view for visitors who have their heads in high places. The number will be halved in the first two weeks after Friday’s opening, but up to 500 people can ride the bridge at one time.

When the wind reaches 135 kph (84 mph), the bridge will be closed for safety reasons.

The construction took two years and cost about CZK 200 million ($ 8.3 million).

Critics say the bridge is too big for the surrounding environment, but others argue that it will attract too many tourists to towns with a population of less than 500.

CzechTourism believes that this bridge can attract tourists from all over the world.

Theo Sieps, 59, from the Netherlands was one of the first.

“Wonderful, impressive, the bridge moves, I think something will happen,” he said. “What happens when the wind is strong? It’s a wonderful weather. We are very fortunate.”

The longest such bridge before is in Arouca, Portugal, and is 516 meters (1,693 feet) long.

Associated Press