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Rakotz Bridge - The Devil's Bridge

The Rakotz Bridge, or to put it in German the Rakotzbrücke, is located in the park called Azalea and Rhododendon Park Kromlau, in the Municipality of Gablenz in the district of Görlitz, Saxony, Germany, its name is due to the presence of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

Therefore, the best time to visit the Park is certainly in the month of May, when the bloom is at its maximum splendor. The Park where the Rakotz Bridge is located, is free access, without any time limit, in fact, it is possible to access it 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, the Rakotz Bridge is an almost surreal bridge that gives an indescribable sight to the eyes of the visitor.

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Built almost 150 years ago, in 1860, the Rakotz Bridge attracts many professional photographers every year due to its particular appearance and beauty, offering an almost fairytale setting. Its precise shape, a perfect semicircle, makes that regardless of the observation point, its reflection in the water goes to complete the image, showing a perfect circle.

In 1842, Friedrich Hermann Rotschke, the landowner of the whole area, decided to invest almost half of all his assets in the creation of a park rich in vegetation, but this area was crossed by a stream and therefore it was necessary the design of a bridge connecting the two shores, was how the Rakotz Bridge was born. Rotschke, however, had quite unusual ideas, he preferred a bridge without any hinges or barriers. For the construction, he sent boulders of basalt from the Swiss Quarries.


The works of construction of the Rakotz Bridge were long, ending after ten years, given the particularity, and if we want to say it all, the eccentricity of the project, began to circulate the "strange" voices, which affirmed the mystical-symbolic character of the structure.

In fact, many, in those days, believed that the bridge was not a simple link between the two shores, but rather the door that marked the boundary between heaven and Hell, for this reason, he was given the name of Devil's Bridge.