The Devils Bridge (Die Rakotzbrücke) was built in 1860. Because of its unique construction, the bridge and its reflection merge into a perfect circle, regardless of the point of observation.
A delicately arched bridge, known as the Rakotzbrücke or the devil’s bridge was specifically built to create a perfect circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it.
The Rhododendron Park is located in Kromlau, Northern Saxony just about an hour away from Dresden. The area is very serene and extra quiet. The park has no entry fee and can be accessed anytime.
The Rakotzbrücke is known as “Devil’s Bridge”, due to the colloquialism that such bridges were so miraculous that they must have been built by Satan itself – not by mortals. Kromlau is a district of Gablenz, a municipality with about 1,900 inhabitants. It is also very close (less than 6 kilometers) to the Polish border.
Most of the bridges that have received the Devil’s Bridge appellation are remarkable in some regard, most often for the technological achievements, but on some occasions for its aesthetic grace, or even for its strategic or economic importance to the community it serves.
Ends of the Rakotzbrücke are decorated with thin rock spirals that look like they could be natural outcroppings. And they really look amazing.
Today, the bridge can still be viewed in the park, but crossing the aging relic is prohibited in order to preserve it.