The fear and adrenaline rush first felt by tourists as they set foot on Sky Bridge 721, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge across a valley in the northeastern Czech Republic.
Reuters and Radio Prague International reported that it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. Tourists can only walk on a transparent bridge that is wide enough to accommodate only one person, which is quite a test of courage.
“We’re here because we like adrenaline,” said day hiker Michaela Klestilova as she approached the 721-metre-long pedestrian suspension bridge. The highest point of the suspension bridge is suspended 95 meters above the ground, it will open to traffic on May 13
“We came here on foot, and now we are asking for our reward.”
“Sky Bridge 721” took two years to build and cost 200 million Czech crowns (about US$8.4 million). It is suspended in the air by six main support cables and 60 wind cables.
The suspension bridge is located at an altitude of more than 1,100 m above sea level, connecting two ridges in the northeastern region of the Czech Republic, 200 km from the capital Prague and close to the Polish border.
The suspension bridge is longer than the 516-metre-long Arauca 516 Suspension Bridge in Portugal, formerly the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.
However, the new Czech suspension bridge is not without its critics. Michal Cervas, regional director of the Czech Nature Conservation Service, told Czech TV this week that the suspension bridge has caused problems for the safety of the surrounding area and changed the landscape of the area.
The Czech authorities hope to boost tourism in the region by offering a different perspective on the forest landscape. Michal Hofirek, the first visitor to the suspension bridge, said: “For me, the view was spectacular.”
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