Wikipedia: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%B6llenen#Sage_zur_Teufelsbr.C3.BCckeSay to the Devil's Bridge
According to a legend, the first devil's bridge was built by the devil. The Uri failed again and again at the construction of a bridge. Finally, a Landammann called out very desperate: "Do sell the Tyfel e brig bue!" (As the devil is to build a bridge!) Hardly said, this was already before the people of Uri and proposed to them a pact. He would build the bridge and in return he would get the soul of the one who crossed the bridge first. After the devil had built the bridge, the cunning Uri sent a Geissbock over the bridge. The devil was very angry about this trick and brought a towering stone, with which he wanted to smash the bridge. But he met a pious woman who carved a cross on the stone. The Devil was so confused by the sign of God that he missed the bridge when the stone was thrown. The stone fell down the entire Schöllenen Gorge to below the village of Göschenen and has since been called "Devil's Stone".In 1973, the 2,000-ton Teufelsstein was moved 127 meters for 300,000 francs to make way for the Gotthard motorway. The shifting of the Devil's Stone is blamed in a modern expansion of folk legend for the inexplicable accumulation of traffic accidents at kilometer 4 of the 17-kilometer Gotthard road tunnel.
November 27, 2016
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