The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 14, 2022 1:00 am

Record bridge opens in Czech resort

Associated Press

DOLNI MORAVA, Czech Republic – A pedestrian suspension bridge that is the longest such construction in the world has opened at a mountain resort in the Czech Republic.

The 2,365-foot-long bridge is built at an altitude of more than 3,610 feet above sea level. It connects two ridges of the mountains and hangs up to 315 feet above the valley below.

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, some 125 miles east of Prague.

The bridge offers unusual views for visitors who have a head for heights. Up to 500 people will be allowed to be on the bridge at any one time, although that number is halved for the first two weeks following Friday's opening. The bridge will be closed if winds reach 85 mph.

The 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 argue it will attract too many tourists to the town, which has a population under 500.

CzechTourism believes the bridge could attract tourists from all around the globe. Theo Scheepens, 59, from the Netherlands was one of the first.

“Marvelous, impressive, the bridge moves, so you think something is going to happen,” he said. “I wonder what is going to happen when it is windy. It is terrific weather, we are very blessed.”

The previous longest such bridge is in Arouca, Portugal, and is 1,693 feet long.

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