The Devil’s Bridge in Germany
Did you know that there are more than one Devil’s Bridge all around Europe? They are ancient bridges with special constructions which, according to the legend, could only have been constructed by Satan. In Germany there are five bridges that take this nickname, being the most popular one a peculiar bridge in the Kromlau Park, very near to Dresden. Want to know more about it? So keep reading and Join Me There!
The Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge) got the nickname of the Devil’s Bridge because it was built in 1860 by local knights with such a technology that people by the time were certain that this was a payment for the devil. The bridge is made all of stones and has a perfect 180º circumference, so the projection on the water will make a perfect circle. Because of the singularity of this construction, this is one of the favourite destinations of photographers worldwide. The entire Park of Kromlau is beautiful, but the bridge has – indeed – a very special thing.
If you want to be the author of one of those beautiful pictures, you will need a car to get there. Unfortunately, this park is in a very quiet and non-populated area, which make the access to it very hard. Although the visitors that get there by car need to pay an hourly fee of € 2,50, the entrance to the park is for free. The nearest big city to the place is Dresden, so if you really want to make a visit to the bridge, you can rent a car in the city and make a quick tour in the park. You won’t need more than few hours to visit the entire park – the bridge itself is also something really quick to see.
It might be a bit tricky to find the exact location of the bridge, so we pinned it on the map for you:
When you get to the area, there will be a parking place on one side of the small road. The bridge is on the other side of the road. You will make a small walk (5 or fewer minutes) to get to the bridge. Even though not many tourists crowd the area, because of its hard location, I am pretty sure that will be another people or two around. There are no workers at the place, so don’t forget to take the parking ticket at the machine at the entrance of the parking lot.
Well, the area has some nice history and you can click here to visit the official website of the park for more information about it. The website is only in German, so some Google Translator can be useful in case you don’t have the knowledge in the language. We just visited the bridge during a visit to Dresden, so we can’t tell you precisely if going around is worthy. The only thing we know for sure is that the bridge is indeed extra-cool and deserves to be seen. But attention: no climbing on it. Let’s preserve so it stays there longer. =)