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Autumn in Kromlau

Kromlau, Lower Silesia, is a community of the Saxon municipality of Gablenz in the district of Gφrlitz. The village in the Sorbian settlement area of the Upper Lusatia is mainly known for the Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau, the largest rhododendron park in Germany, and its "Devil's Bridge"

The Rakotzbrόcke (also known as Teufelsbrόcke, meaning "the Devil's Bridge") is 35 meters long and spans Rakotz lake. The bridge features artificially-formed basalt columns selected and shipped from distant quarries. It was commissioned in 1860 "by the knight of the local town",] Friedrich Herrmann Rφtschke (1805-1893). The bridge was renovated in 2018 and 2019, though it remains forbidden to cross the bridge, for the safety of the public and the bridge.

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