Inauguration of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in a Czech seaside resort

DOLNI MORAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — A pedestrian suspension bridge, the longest construction of its type in the world, has opened at a mountain resort in the Czech Republic.

The 721 meter (2,365 ft) long bridge is built at an elevation of more than 1,100 meters (3,610 ft) above sea level. It connects two mountain ridges and rises to 95 meters (312 ft) above the valley below.

The Sky Bridge 721, as it is known, is located in the northeastern part of the country, in the Kralicky Sneznik mountain range, near the border with Poland, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the east from Prague.

The bridge offers unusual views for visitors who suffer from vertigo. Up to 500 people will be allowed on deck at any one time, although that number will be halved for the first two weeks after Friday’s opening.

The bridge will be closed for safety reasons if winds reach 135 km/h (84 mph).

Construction took two years and cost some 200 million Czech crowns ($8.3 million).

Critics say the bridge is too big for the surrounding environment, while others say it will attract too many tourists to the town, which has less than 500 residents.

CzechTourism believes the bridge could attract tourists from all over the world.

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

“Wonderful, impressive, the bridge is moving, so you think something is going to happen,” he said. “I wonder what will happen when there is wind. The weather is beautiful, we are very lucky.

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

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