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  • Andreas Platzl

    Between Azalea and Rhododendron Park you will find one of the most bizarre bridges in the world. If you ask locals for the bridge, they sometimes look questionable. In the vernacular, it is often referred to as the Devil's Bridge. Namely, especially at sunset, it receives a devilishly red color. Devilishly beautiful.

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    • November 30, 2016

  • HzP I.

    The Rakotzbrücke was built from 1863 to 1882, among other things from basalt stones. It spans the 35m wide Rakotzsee in a semicircle, which is reflected in the lake and thus optically becomes a circle. Due to this special construction, the bridge has become a popular motif, especially with photographers, and has become a little celebrity thanks to social media in recent years. A short tour around the surrounding lake is also worthwhile, because there are some other constructions made of basalt stones, e.g. organ-shaped basalt columns that give the mystical overall picture of the Rakotzsee the finishing touch.

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    • May 26, 2021

  • Gerd

    The Rakotz Bridge in the Azalea and Rhododendron Park in Kromlau in Saxony is one of the most bizarre but also the most beautiful bridges in Europe. The field and basalt stone construction was built in the years 1863 to 1883. Nowadays, the Rakotz Bridge is a listed building and must not be entered - but this is not necessary for a fairytale-like photograph.


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    • June 20, 2018

  • Romy 🚴‍♀️ 🤸‍♀️ 🚶‍♀️

    The construction work has been completed. Wonderful photo motif 📸

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    • July 24, 2021

  • Bernhard

    The Rakotz Bridge is being renovated and the water has been drained. The work should go until 2020. But a visit is always worth it.

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    • May 2, 2019

  • Gerhard H.

    It is now May 2021, there is still no water in the lake and excavators are standing around everywhere. It looks like the construction work will still take a while. Nevertheless, a visit is definitely worth it. The sight of these bizarre structures (bridge, granite columns, etc.) is quite an experience.

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    • May 10, 2021

  • Bernhard Sander

    The reflection of the bridge can actually not be enjoyed due to the lack of water. Nevertheless, a visit to the Rakotzsee is an experience. By the way: The bridge can also be seen in the film "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".

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    • September 16, 2019

  • Stéfano 📸🐛

    Friedrich Hermann Rötschke laid the foundation stone for Kromlauer Park in 1844, but Graf von und zu Egloffstein Arklitten only added the characteristic rhododendrons and azaleas a good 40 years later, making the park one of the largest and most beautiful of its kind in Germany.
    Works of art made of basalt stone, such as "Heaven and Hell" and the arched bridge over the Rakotzsee with its unique reflection of the water complement the ambience

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    • May 7, 2021

  • Bernhard Sander

    Update from June 28th, 2021
    The bridge is finished and gradually there is water in the pond again. The water level has not yet reached its optimum, but with calm water you can get very nice photos of the bridge with a circular result.
    During the restoration, a fence was built around the bridge in order to prevent the unfortunately numerous unreasonable visitors a little more from crawling around on the bridge.

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    • June 30, 2021

  • Teufelchen New

    The Rakotzbrücke has finally been completely renovated and has been accessible again since mid-July 2021. The bridge with the distinctive arch attracts photographers from all over the world. After the restoration of the ensemble in Kromlau, the community now has one problem child less.

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    • August 21, 2021

  • Udo Jauch

    An old stone bridge in Kromlauer Park

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    • October 3, 2021

  • Erik

    A beautiful bridge on the outskirts of Saxony

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    • October 13, 2021

  • BlckTrcX

    The Rakotzbrücke, also popularly known as the Devil's Bridge. Works like a gate to another world.

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    • October 25, 2021

  • Caroline

    Warning - the bridge is being restored. Construction site 07/23/2020

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    • July 23, 2020

  • Andreas J

    This artificial structure suggests a natural bridge. Due to its shape, it fits nicely into the park. Unfortunately we could not enjoy the whole beauty, with the reflection in the water, because the pond was only partially filled.

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    • May 26, 2018

  • Pig Nick

    Hopefully the renovation work will soon come to an end so that the Teufelsbrücke can regain its old charm ...

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    • July 23, 2020

  • ɱαɾiα

    Unfortunately we were 13.05.2020, bridge is under construction

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    • May 13, 2020

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