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Devil's Bridge (Teufelsbruecke) description and photos - Austria: Finkenberg. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Teufelsbruecke.
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The covered wooden bridge over the gorge over the Tuxer stream in the town of Finkenberg is called the Devil's. One legend is connected with it, which local farmers still believe in.
They say that this bridge was built by the devil himself. Until the middle of the 19th century, the inhabitants of Finkenberg spent too much time crossing the deep ravine above the mountain stream. They had to take a detour. One day the farmers froze in indecision in front of the gorge. The sun's rays did not reach the bottom of the gorge, and people did not understand how deep it was. No one dared to cross first. Then the devil came to the aid of the farmers and offered to build a bridge leading to the other side of the gorge overnight. As payment, he demanded the soul of the living being who would cross the bridge first. The farmers agreed. The devil worked all night and in the morning the bridge was ready. The devil waited impatiently for who would dare to cross the bridge first. And the inhabitants of Finkenberg were called "resourceful" for a reason. They let a goat across the bridge, and the devil went to hell right there with loud cries.
According to another legend, one young man right on the bridge began to deny the existence of his illegitimate child and was thrown from the bridge for lying .
The Devil's Bridge was built in 1876. Its shape has not changed since then. We see the wooden structure as it appeared to the farmers of Finkenberg in the middle of the 19th century. The bridge connects two villages: Persal on the south side of the gorge and Dornau on the north. Researchers are sure that before the construction of this bridge, there was already a similar wooden bridge topped with a roof.
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