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Warsaw opens the longest of this sort bridge in Poland and one of the longest in the world

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By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska

On March 28, 2024 in Warsaw the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists connecting Warsaw center, Vistula boulevards with the Praga district was opened. It is 452 metres long and is the longest bridge of this sort in Poland and one of the longest in the world, 127 meter longer than the Millenium Bridge in London.

It takes around 6 minutes to walk from one side of the Vistula river bank to the other, from the Warsaw Center to the Prague district and 2 minutes by bike. The bridge is a new axis – Prague’s version of Trakt Królewski and has a lightning-bent structure. Its width varies from 6.9 m at its narrowest point to 16.3 m. In addition to its transport function, the bridge has recreational value. In two places, where the structure is much wider pedestrians and cyclists can step aside and enjoy the views of the Vistula and the metropolis, its historic Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the modern skyline. There are wooden seats available.

The bridge is definitely an eye catcher and has already become one of the most popular sights not only among the Polish people but also tourists. Having a walk through the Vistula boulevards and the bridge, admire the view of Warsaw, grab a drink and a snack in one of many restaurants and clubs on the boulevards is what you cannot miss.

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Work on the bridge began in January 2022. The bridge was opened two years after initiating works, a month ahead of schedule. The cost of the investment is PLN 154 million. ( around 35 million euro)

Background info

Warsaw, in Polish Warszawa is the capital city of Poland. It is the largest city of Poland and is located in east-central Poland on the Vistula river.  Its population is officially estimated at 1.86 million residents within a greater metropolitan area  of 3.27 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 7th most-populated city of the European Union.  

Author (at the Vistula boulevard in Warsaw): Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska is an award-winning Dutch-Polish journalist, TV correspondent, author, chief editor of international journalism centreCentral and Eastern Europe Centre established in 2004 and promoting Poland and the CEE region, president of the European Institute on Communist Oppression and a sworn translator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland and has also Armenian blood and roots in Lvov, which is part of Ukraine. She has been living in Heerlen, the Netherlands since 2005.

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