Rakotzbrücke, Germany

Postcard: Rakotzbrücke, Germany

The jaw-dropping 19th-century bridge uses its reflection to form what appears to be a perfect circle.

  • Location: Kromlauer Park, Gablenz, Saxony, Germany
  • Built in: 1860
  • Length: 35 m
  • The Rakotzbrücke is also known as Teufelsbrücke, meaning “the Devil’s Bridge”.
  • The bridge was especially built to create a circle when it is reflected in the water beneath it.
  • Either end of the Rakotzbrücke is decorated with thin rock spires created to look like natural basalt columns, which occur in many places in Germany.
  • Today, the bridge can still be viewed in the park, but crossing the aging relic is prohibited in order to preserve it.
  • Best time to visit the bridge is during the fall when the foliage adds an element of wonder to the already surreal view.
  • Why is it called the Devil’s Bridge? Numerous Devil’s Bridges were built during medieval times. These are masonry bridges that are either so spectacular or so challenging to build that only the devil could have helped with their construction.

The bridge is currently under renovation and this is expected to continue at least until the end of 2021.


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