Rakotzbrücke in Rhododendron Park, Kromlau (Saxony)

The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.

Shanna Rodriguez


Brief back-story:

Your Humble Blogger has made a new acquaintance just by browsing through WordPress tags. We met last week and she brought a friend. They belong to a group of nurses who came all the way from the Philippines to work and live here in Berlin. So we got into talking about the places we all have yet to see and started planning. About a week later, the wife and I met them at around six in the morning on a Saturday and hit the road.

But, first things first. Before we headed to the highlight of this trip, the wife had to go to school (which is in Cottbus) and finish her paper, taking a couple of hours. I kept them busy by showing them around Cottbus Altmarkt, which in this time of the year is covered with small huts for Weihnachtsmarkt. To be honest, I try as much as possible to avoid this town ever since we moved out, but it was exciting to see my companions’ curiosity about this place that is all new to them.

Which then made me appreciate some of its beauty as well.

So after the wife has checked school off her to-do list, we went straight to the good part. It’s only about a 30-40 minute drive away from the old home but nobody ever bothered to tell us about this exquisite old bridge, hidden in the depths of small villages in Saxony.

Dear Reader, this is Rakotzbrücke of Rhododendron Park in Kromlau, Saxony. A perfect circle from any angle. It was built in the mid 1800’s, and it’s also known as “The Devil’s Bridge”.


We were in luck because we didn’t expect such great weather in December. But luck has run out quickly, because we then went to Dresden – which is, as many already know, gorgeous – but it was so crowded (thanks to Striezelmarkt and Christmas shoppers). I am not even going to bother with pictures but it at least gave us a reason to go back another time, when it’s a little quieter.

During the drive back to Berlin, we were just so exhausted. Having to wake up so early, sitting in the car for hours, then walking into a crowd full of people can really get to you. But I am tired in a really, really good way. Being in good company can do that to you, and I have no regrets. 🙂

This critter came up to us while we were viewing the bridge. She just posed there like she’s been doing this for a while now. I wish I can get my cats to sit this still more often so I can take cute photographs of them. I mean, look, this cat should have her own blog, don’t you think?

A rare occurrence: A decent photo of the two of us – because when it’s just the two of us traveling, we don’t have anyone to take photos. 🙂
There’s something about being with a bunch of nurses that can make you feel really safe.

5 thoughts on “Rakotzbrücke in Rhododendron Park, Kromlau (Saxony)

  1. Hey, great! It’s a little sad that not a lot of people know of this place, for it’s nowhere near any other touristy spots. But on the other hand it’s pretty sacred that way. I do hope you get to see it one day as I think everyone should! 🙂

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