Studying the eerie history of various Devil’s Bridges can fascinate, but what about getting the in-depth insight of the most iconic Devil’s Bridge in the world, the Rakotzbrucke?  

 Beautiful imagery of Rakotzbrucke Devil's Bridge during autumn.
Beautiful imagery of Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge during autumn.
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Throughout the universe, there are hundreds of Devil’s Bridges, many of which are in Europe. Historians believe that France alone hosts over 49 of these bridges, some of which date back to the 17th century. But of all these bridges, the Rakotzbrucke Bridge stands to be the most iconic and mysterious. 

So why do these bridges have devilish names? Well, most of them portray the magnificent artistry of the Romans, which natives described as diabolical since it was beyond human capability. Besides, the stones that make these bridges are distinct with curves that stretch out from hell.

Without further ado, let’s go to the business, the Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge!

5 Things to You Need to Know About Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge

1. Spooky History

The town knight gave the decree to build Rakotzbrucke Bridge in 1860. The bridge got its name from the spectacular appearance of the stones and its resemblance to a perfect circle when the pool is still. The legend of the day believed that such a precarious bridge was the Devil’s work to win some souls. The bridge was so dangerous to cross that only the brave could cross or the daredevils with a heart of steel.

2. Horrific Myths

The legends say that only the weak don’t believe in myths. I don’t know the validity of the saying, but it’s creepy to speak about Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge with windows open. Among all the stories, the natives agree that the architect wanted to build a state of art bridge that will stand for centuries. To do, he made a deal with the Devil to secure beautiful stones and devilish architecture. 

For the deal to be complete, the Devil had to snatch the first person’s soul to cross the bridge. Some believe that the architect tricked the Devil by letting a dog cross the bridge, and so the Devil snatched the dog’s soul. Others agree that he sacrificed his soul by crossing the bridge first.

The evergreen vegetation surrounding the Devil's Bridge.
The evergreen vegetation surrounding the Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge.
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3. The Bridge Forms a Perfect Circle

One of Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge’s greatest mysteries is the appearance of a perfect circle during the fall. The bridge represents a parabola of an arch or ½ of a circle. Underneath the bridge is the enormous Lake of Kromlau Park, which shines like a mirror during the summer.

If you want to pay a visit to the park, do so in the autumn when the water is still because of the snowy appearance during the winter will ruin the pleasure. This magic circle attribute to devilish power, and some believe that crossing the circle in the full moon can take you directly to another world to say hi to the mastermind of the bridge, the Devil!

 Devil's Bridge displaying a perfect circle.
Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge displaying a perfect circle.
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4. Location

Rakotzbrucke, or otherwise Devil’s Bridge, is found in eastern Germany in the renowned Kromlau Park. It is approximately 165 kilometers from Berlin and can take up to 90 minutes’ drive from the nearest airport, Schoenefeld. It is wise to drive from Berlin to enjoy the Beautiful German scenery. 

The park covers around 200 acres of land, and the sappy azalea flowers will create unerasable memories into your mind. Also, it will take you only 10 minutes to explore the lake that surrounds the magnificent Rakotzbrucke bridge.

The elegant scenery of Kromlau Park and the Devil's Bridge from a distance.
The elegant scenery of Kromlau Park and the Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge from a distance.
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5. Impressive Neighboring Sites

It is impossible to visit Rakotzbrucke bridge without feeling an urge to tour to the nearby historical attraction. This place is rich in recognizable haunted places like the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Muskau Park, which is in the boundary of Germany and Poland, is also another place you should not ignore. You can consider spending a few hours exploring the historical gardens and the castle and enjoying the native coffee that locals call Kaffee.

Muskau Park, one of the popular tourist attraction neighboring Rakotzbrucke Devil Bridge.
Muskau Park, one of the popular tourist attraction neighboring Rakotzbrucke Devil Bridge.

Note: It is illegal to cross Rakotzbrucke Devil’s Bridge, not because the devils will haunt you but because it is risky. As of 2018, the area around the bridge was closed to allow renovation. We expect the construction to continue until the close of 2020. Don’t be surprised and think the Devil had swallowed the water supply during the night. 

Apart from the horrific myths that surround the Rakotzbrucke bridge, it is a beautiful place worth a visit. You can extend the tour to Poland for more Devil’s Bridge tales.

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