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A Bridge Built By The Devil

Rakotzbrücke, also known as the Devil’s bridge is a bridge that looks like it’s been taken straight out of a fairytale. This little bridge is tucked away in the middle of nowhere in a small park in Saxony, Germany.

If you will search for the attractions in Kromlau, the Rakotzbrücke will certainly pop out. The largest park in Saxony was commissioned by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke, the knight of Kromlau, in the middle of the 19th century.

The Medieval looking bridge is outstanding, however it dates back to 1860s. Its high canopy and reflection in the water of the river Rakotzsee create a full circle. The park also is proud of rich nature, its gardens and other architectural attractions


Rakotzbrücke is a storybook bridge that’s tucked away in the forest of Kromlauer Park in Saxony Germany. This bridge is one of the world’s most famous bridges, due to its design and age. It’s a place where people come from all over the world, just to get a glimpse of it – and of course, take hundreds of pictures.

It’s a unique bridge with an interesting history behind it, which makes it worth a visit if you’re in the area or go during the right season.


Rakotzbrücke was commissioned in 1860 by a local knight. The bridge is also known under the name Devil’s Bridge, due to that this bridge was so dangerous and miraculous that it must have been built by the Devil himself.

It’s a thin arch stretching over the waters of lake Rakotzee and is built by hand with various local stones. The bridge is designed to be one half of a perfect circle. So when the water is still and clear, it creates an illusion of a perfect circle.

The legend behind the Devil’s Bridge

According to legends, the architect in charge (the local knight) had a deadline to complete the bridge. The legend says that he called on the Devil to help him finish his work, and the Devil agreed if he would deliver to him the first living being that crossed the bridge.

The Devil completed the bridge and the story goes on telling how smart the builders were and how they tricked the Devil. They tricked him by making a rooster or goat walk across the bridge instead of themselves. The Devil would resort to an angry rage and then slaughter the poor animal before leaving.


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Devil's bridge


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