Rakotzbrücke: The Devil's Bridge in Germany
The unique bridge in Germany is like from fairy tale
4 Apr 2022
 
The beauty of the Rakotzbrücke bridge
The beauty of the Rakotzbrücke bridge

Rakotzbrücke, also known as Devil's bridge is a bridge that looks like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale. This little bridge is located in the middle of nowhere in a small park in Saxony, Germany

The Rakotzbrücke Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world, due to its design and age. It's a place where people come from all over the world, just to catch a glimpse – and of course, take hundreds of photos.

History of Rakotzbrücke

The semicircular Rakotzbrücke Bridge
The semicircular Rakotzbrücke Bridge

Construction of the Rakotzbrücke was commissioned in 1860 by a local knight. This bridge is also known as the Devil's Bridge, because this bridge is so dangerous and magical that it must have been built by the Devil himself.

It is a sheer arch that stretches over the waters of Lake Rakotzee and is built by hand with a variety of local stones. The bridge is designed to be a perfect semicircle. So when the water is calm and clear, it creates the illusion of a perfect circle.

The legend behind The Devil's Bridge

Rakotzbrücke at night
Rakotzbrücke at night

According to legend, the architect in charge (a local knight) had a deadline to complete the bridge. Legend has it that he summoned the Devil to help him complete his work, and the Devil agreed that he would hand over to him the first living thing to cross the bridge.

The devil completes the bridge and the story continues telling how clever the builders were and how they tricked the devil. They tricked him by making a rooster or a goat walk across the bridge instead of themselves. The devil used his anger and then slaughtered the poor animal before leaving.

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