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Visitors with no fear of heights

The first visitors crossing the newly erected Geierlay rope suspension bridge above the Geierley canyon between Moersdorf and Sosberg, Germany, on Saturday.

The bridge spans 360m in length and 90m in height, making it Germany's longest rope suspension bridge.

It was the brainchild of local officials, who were looking for ways to lure more tourists to the region and support local businesses.

The construction began in May, and it was finished in a record time of 130 days.

Officials say the bridge is expected to draw 170,000 visitors annually and inject £1.8 million (S$3.9 million) into the economy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'Visitors with no fear of heights'. Print Edition | Subscribe