When you first see it, it seems that nature has created a perfect circle among the picturesque lake in Kromlauer Park in Germany. But as you get closer, you’ll realize this impressive circle is the result of a unique optical illusion. The dome-shaped bridge called Rakotzbrücke is also known as the “Devil’s Bridge” cleverly deceives your eyesight. The building was built of basalt in 1860 designed by architect Friedrich Hermann Rötschke.
So, why is Rakotzbrücke called the Devil’s Bridge? The local legend holds that only the devil can create a passage across the water without a pillar. Some other opinions say that the name above comes from the special design and magic beauty of the bridge when it forms a circle on beautiful days.
During the four seasons of the year, Rakotzbrücke is a tourist attraction to Germany due to the change of the surrounding landscape. However, you should note, walking on the bridge is forbidden for the purposes of preserving this heritage for future generations.