Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge in Germany’s Kromlau Will Stun You With Its Circular Optical Illusion!
Known for its enchanting circular optical illusion, Rakotzbrücke Devil's Bridge in Germany is an absolute wonder. Here's why you should plan a visit to the Rakotz Devil's Bridge the ext time you are in Germany.
| Published: July 24, 2017 11:42 AM IST
Published: July 24, 2017 11:42 AM IST | Updated: July 24, 2017 11:42 AM IST
Rakotz Devils bridge in Germany
The world is full of amazing wonders that can blow your mind away. Sometimes, it is the natural beauty of a locale that stays with you forever. Sometimes, it is the architectural brilliance of a structure that inspires you. Together, nature and mankind have created precious gems that are worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. One such amazing wonder is the Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge in the Kromlauer Park (or Rhododendron Park) in Germany’s Kromlau. (ALSO SEE China inaugurates world’s highest bridge that cost $144 million to build)
The bridge was commissioned in the year 1860 by the local knight Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke. It still stands in the town stretching over the Rakotzsee waters. It is known as the most popular attraction in Kromlau specially on account of its bewitching circular optical illusion which makes for a great photography opportunity. The illusion is created due to the perfect parabola of the bridge which forms one half of the circle, the other half of which can be seen in the water when it is still and the light conditions are perfect.
The Rakotzbrücke beidge is known as “Devil’s Bridge” because of an age-old legend associated with such bridges. It was said that bridges of such nature were so dangerous and miraculous that only Satan could have built them. A scary part of the myth states that the first person to cross over such bridges has to give their soul to the Devil. It’s a good thing then that tourists are not allowed to cross the bridge in order to preserve its ancient structure. (CHECK OUT 15 breathtaking photos of America’s most stunning national parks!)
How to reach Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge in Germany:
Kromlau lies on the eastern side of Germany. You can reach Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge in the Rhododendron Park in Kromlau from Berlin by road. It is a 2-2.5 hours drive from Berlin. Several car rentals are available in Berlin for the two-way trip. This park is located close to other wonderful parks like Muskauer Park, which is a World Heritage Site.
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