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Fear and adrenaline as Czechs open world's longest suspension footbridge

Fear and adrenaline as Czechs open world's longest suspension footbridge

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 08:51 GMT+7
Fear and adrenaline as Czechs open world's longest suspension footbridge
People walk across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge after its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters

DOLNI MORAVA, Czech Republic -- Fear and adrenaline were some of the feelings as the first tourists stepped out on the world's longest suspension footbridge, spanning a mountain valley in the Czech Republic.

"We came here because we love adrenaline," day-hiker Michaela Klestilova said while approaching the 721-metre (2,365-foot) footbridge that hangs 95 metres above the ground at its highest point and opened to the public on Friday.

"We came by foot up here and now we are looking for our reward."

Named Sky Bridge 721, it took two years to build at a cost of 200 million crowns ($8.4 million) and is suspended by six main supporting ropes and 60 wind ropes.

People walk across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge after its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters
People walk across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge after its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters

It sits at more than 1,100 metres above sea level and connects two mountain ridges in the country's northeast region, 200 km from Prague and near the border with Poland.

The bridge tops the 516-metre Arouca Bridge in Portugal, which had previously been the longest suspension footbridge.

A view of the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge a day before its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 12, 2022. Picture taken May 12, 2022. Photo: Reuters
A view of the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge a day before its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 12, 2022. Picture taken May 12, 2022. Photo: Reuters

The new Czech bridge, though, is not without its critics.

The Czech Nature Conservation Agency's regional director Michal Servus told Czech TV this week the bridge caused problems with protecting the surrounding areas and changed the character of the area.

A staff member walks across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge a day before its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 12, 2022. Picture taken May 12, 2022. Photo: Reuters
A staff member walks across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge a day before its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 12, 2022. Picture taken May 12, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Officials hope it will boost tourism in the area by giving a different look at the forested landscape.

"For me this is a great view," Michal Hofirek, the bridge's first visitor, said.

($1 = 23.8240 Czech crowns)

People walk across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge after its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters
People walk across the newly-built world's longest suspension bridge after its official opening in the mountain resort of Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, May 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters

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