Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.
‘We’re always visiting some kind of a bridge in Germany, don’t we?’, several days ago asked P.
And it was quite a good remark. All the last three road trips through Germany included us seeing an extraordinary bridge. All of them were in Eastern part of the country, and all of them were must-see places in the region.
I know that at first it could seem like we have an affection for these kind of buildings. But except these three, I can remember only two other memorable bridges that I have seen all over the Europe 1. So, now it’s not us. It’s the Eastern Germany that has some kind of affection for unbelievably awesome bridges.
So after this smalltalk with P. the other day, I realized that you can make an awesome road trip just by following the unique bridges of Eastern Germany. And this is what I will encourage you, Dear Reader, to do! Meet three bridges that are must-see in Eastern part of Germany.
Rakotzbrücke – the mysterious one!
The builders did amazing job while decorating this bridge. The thin rock spires and how the bridge was built, it seems like there was rather some unusual seismic activities, than a touch of a person.
Rakotzbrücke is located in Kromlau, Germany’s Kromlauer Park. This park is the largest in the Saxony region and was designed by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke in the middle of the 19th century.
Rakotzbrücke is built over a small lake where is practically no need for him – as a bridge – to be. Its main functions are: to look good, and to form a perfect circle by using its own reflection. We believe that its performance on both of these tasks is more than anyone should have expected before building it. It looks awesome!
What is more, Rakotzbrücke is also known as the Devil’s Bridge. I don’t know how does it look in the spring or summer, when all the rhododendrons are blooming around it, but I definitely have to say that it serves his name in the winter. It’s the most mysterious place that we have seen in Germany so far.
Where to stay?
Kromlau Park is located in the Saxony region, almost on the German-Polish border. Our tip is to spend a night in the beautiful city of Görlitz, and drive to Rakotzbrücke, which is 50 kilometers away, in the early morning. With all the morning mist around, this place looks like from a spooky, but very intriguing fairytale.
Basteibrücke – the picturesque one!
Basteibrücke is one of the most beautiful sites to see in the outstanding national park of Saxon Switzerland. This hilly national park in Eastern Germany is located on the banks of beautiful river Elbe.
This famous bridge is located on the Bastei rock formation 200 meters above the River Elbe. It is surrounded by the mountains that reminds of the wet sand castles we used to build on the beach when we were little.
While standing on one of the astonishing Saxon Switzerland peaks and admiring the view of Basteibrücke, you can witness the harmony between unbelievable nature and man-made beauty.
What is more, here in Saxon Switzerland you can be busy for a whole day and more. There are long and very picturesque walking paths around Basteibrücke, and very nice small resort towns to explore below it.
Where to stay?
Saxon Switzerland is located in Saxony region near one of the most beautiful cities in Germany – Dresden. Our tip for you, Dear Reader, is to combine both these destinations into one trip. It will definitely be the recipe for the wonderful road trip!
Kramerbrücke – the authentic one!
Kramerbrücke, or the Merchant’s Bridge is located in the heart of medieval Erfurt city. The thing that makes this bridge so intriguing is that it is lined up with inhabited authentic timber-framed houses. This makes Kramerbrücke look differently from both sides, and it also forms a super charming street inside the bridge.
This bridge was firstly mentioned in the start of 12 century, and is considered to be one of the kind in whole Europe. Well, and probably the whole world!
What is more, the old town of Erfurt is said to be one of the most intact medieval old towns in all Germany. So Kramerbrücke, as the major site here, owns a very authentic medieval atmosphere around itself. You will love your wanderings here, Dear Reader!
Where to stay?
In Erfurt, of course. It is a very nice city for a day trip, and we definitely recommend you to stop to explore it. There is way more to see here than only this unique, old and authentic Kramerbrücke.
Hope that these three bridges will pop out into your mind when planning a road trip through Germany, Dear Reader. As I said, they are all a must-see in Eastern Germany!
Nevertheless, which one did intrigued you the most? Waiting for your thoughts in the comments!