Fear and adrenaline as the Czechs open the world’s longest suspended footbridge

Fear and adrenaline were some of the feelings that the first tourists crossed the longest suspension footbridge in the world, spanning a mountainous valley in the Czech Republic.

“We came here because we love adrenaline,” hiker Michaela Klestilova said as she approached the 721-meter (2,365-foot) walkway that hangs 95 meters above the ground at its highest point. raised and opened to the public on Friday.

“We walked here and now we seek our reward.”

Appointed sky bridge 721, took two years to build at a cost of 200 million crowns ($8.4 million) and is suspended by six main support ropes and 60 wind ropes.

It is over 1,100 meters above sea level sea ​​level and connects two mountain ridges in the northeast region of the country, 200 km from Prague and near the border with Poland.

The bridge overcomes the 516 meter Arouca Bridge in Portugal, which was previously the the longest suspended footbridge.

The New Czech Bridge, however, is not without its critics.

The regional director of the Czech Nature Conservation Agency, Michal Servus, told Czech television this week that the bridge had caused problems for the protection of surrounding areas and changed the character of the area.

Officials hope that will be the case. stimulate tourism in the region by giving another look at the forest landscape.

“For me, it’s a magnificent view”, Michal Hofirek, the first of the bridge visitormentioned.

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