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

The 721m-long bridge is built at an altitude of more than 1,100m. It connects two ridges of the mountains and hangs up to 95m 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, 200km 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 for safety reasons if winds reach 135 kph.

The construction took two years and cost some 200 million Czech crowns ($11 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 of less than 500.

However CzechTourism believes the bridge could attract tourists from all around the globe.

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