Germany is a beautiful country full of mystery and intrigue. One of the more spectacular sights is the Devil's Bridge, and it's no ordinary piece of architecture. This bridge is a work of art and a wonder of nature, especially for its age.

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Whether you know that this marvel existed or not, there are so many amazing facts about it that it's hard to know them all. We've done our research and uncovered the truth behind this amazing piece of architectural art. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn't know about the Devil's Bridge in Germany!

10 10. This Bridge was commissioned in 1860

Yes, you read that correctly. It is older than dirt as it was commissioned all the way back in 1860 by a man named Friedrich Hermann Rotschke, a knight from a place called Kromlau. The man was a nature-lover who wanted to share his passion by creating a bridge that defied its very laws.

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Today, we are grateful for his ingenuity as we gaze upon the handiwork performed by the best and brightest of his time. It might be about 160 years old, but that doesn't stop us from wishing we could have met the knight with such a passion for creating beautiful things.

9 9. Its official name is Rakotsbrucke

We might know it as Devil's Bridge, but its official name in Germany is "Rakotsbrucke." It's unclear where this specific name comes from, as "brucke" means bridge, but "rakots" has no translation. We thought it would be called "Teufelbrucke," which is the literal translation, as "Teufel" is the name for the devil in German.

It will always be a mystery to us as to why this bridge was given such a peculiar name, instead of the one we have decidedly given it today.

8 8. It is called Devil's Bridge because people said it was built by Satan

It was generally assumed back in this time that anything which defied the laws of nature had to be built by Satan himself. The theory was that the architect made a pact with the devil, and it was decided he would take the soul of the first person who crossed the bridge. It was from there that the story went a bit haywire as it changed depending on who you asked.

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There were those who said he outsmarted the devil by sending across a dog, but others say the architect walked it himself. The bridge is also surrounded by other theories as some believed sailing beneath it will grant you powers, or looking at it sideways will allow you to see the Devil's face.

7 7. Its reflection creates a perfect circle

The reason why this bridge, in particular, has gained such a following is that it forms a perfect circle with its reflection in the water. It is a beautiful work of art, but it is made even more impressive due to its age.

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If you visit you won't be able to drag your eyes away from the spectacular sight as you ogle at the masterpiece before your very eyes. The nature surrounding this bridge only adds to the appeal and makes you never want to leave because it will be like nothing you have ever seen.

6 6. They can be found in other countries besides Germany

Germany isn't the only country privy to Devil's bridges. There are several other European countries that have their own versions of this bridge. The same satanic theories follow these other bridges as well, hence the name, but no two are alike.

The Rakotsbrucke does stand out as it was built much later than the others, as they were created between 1000 and 1600 AD. There are some in England and Italy, but none have gained quite as large a following as the bridge found in Germany.

5 5. There are actually 49 other bridges

The total number of Devil's Bridges is actually 49, which is quite shocking when you think about it. They were not only built in other countries, but people all over the world decided that they wanted their work to be deemed satanic. It makes you wonder why these architects wanted such a thing attached to their name, but we are glad they created them all the same.

You might consider this for your next adventure across Europe, as you strive to visit every single one of them. It might take you a long time, but the collection of Devil's Bridges you will have stored in your camera will make the journey totally worth it.

4 4. You can look, but can't touch

You might want to go there to walk across the bridge and a piece of history, but unfortunately, the bridge is no longer open to the public. They want to preserve it for generations to come and they are currently renovating the bridge.

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You might want to wait to travel here as well because in August 2019 they drained the entire lake to continue their work. It can still be on your bucket list to visit this amazing piece of architecture, but it might be in your best interest to check its status on their Facebook page before buying a plane ticket.

3 3. The Bridge Should Be Visited in the Fall

When the bridge is reopened, you should consider visiting it in the fall months because its beauty is breathtaking. The fall brings about a changing of leaves and a haze that no filter can truly replicate. The bridge itself looks more pronounced and each and every line is defined against the glass-like water.

Summer might be your cup of tea, but fall is when the true Devil's Bridge enthusiasts come out to play. You could be among them, gawking at the unimaginable sight that has been created right before your very eyes.

2 2. It is located in Kromlau Park

The knight not only commissioned a bridge, but he wanted a park created as well. This is why the place where the bridge rests is known as Kromlau Park. It is located in Saxony, Germany, but the bridge is not the only attraction this park has to offer.

If you are a fan of botany then their rhododendrons are a must-see, as well as their 150-year-old tulip trees. It is also worth your while to check out the castle where many weddings are held, and you can even stay in its apartment on the upper floor if you desire.

1 1. It combines nature and gothic architecture

The bridge was built in the style of gothic architecture and consists mainly of basalt. These stones were secured with wooden beams, but the carpenter on the project was killed when they were eventually removed. It took ten years for them to complete this monstrosity, and they wanted the end result to look almost natural.

We think they succeeded in a sense as the bridge does seem to almost blend into the greenery, but it stands out for the same reason. This bridge is a work of art, and we can't wait for this to be reopened so people all over the world can see it in its full beauty once again.

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