Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge, also known as Devil’s Bridge)

Rakotzbrücke (English: Rakotz Bridge) is an arch-shaped bridge in the Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau, a 200 acres (81 ha) landscaped park in the municipality of Gablenz, Saxony, Germany. The park and the bridge built in the 19th century. Like many other spooky bridges in the Europe, it’s nicknamed The Devil’s Bridge.

Rakotz Bridge
Rakotzbrücke (English: Rakotz Bridge)

It was specifically built as a semi-circle, to complete a full circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it. If you catch the right angle of view, you will see a very beautiful and amazing illusion of a complete stone circle.

The park has no entry fee and can be accessed any time. But, in order to preserve it, today, crossing the bridge is prohibited.

Rakotzbrücke
Rakotzbrücke. Photo: wikipedia

The location of the Rakotzbrücke on map:

2 thoughts on “Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge, also known as Devil’s Bridge)”

  1. Why was such a beautiful bridge, so unique, called the devil’s bridge it should be the Angel’s bridge. Can yo tell me why?

    1. Hi, Stephanie

      According to wikipedia, “Devil’s Bridge is a term applied to dozens of ancient bridges, found primarily in Europe. Most of these bridges are stone or masonry arch bridges and represent a significant technological achievement. Each of the Devil’s Bridges has a corresponding Devil-related myth or folktale.”

      I couldn’t find what is exactly the corresponding Devil-related myth or folktale in Rakotzbrücke case, though.

      Another definition by Atlas Obscura:

      “Rakotzbrücke is known as a devil’s bridge, due to the colloquialism that such bridges were so dangerous or miraculous that they must have been built by Satan.” And a scary part of the myth states that the first person to cross over such bridges has to give their soul to the Devil. Just a folktale, of course.

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