Switzerland
Devil' s bridge

Where nature's grandeur and legends intertwine, you'll find the Devil's Bridge in Switzerland's Schöllenen Gorge. Beyond its architectural marvel, it's a place where tales of deals with the devil and stunning Alpine views converge. Read more

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Situated in the Uri canton, the Devil's Bridge, or "Teufelsbrücke" in German, spans the Reuss River in the Schöllenen Gorge. This stone bridge, steeped in history, has been a crucial connection between northern and southern Switzerland for centuries. But beyond its functional importance, the bridge is enveloped in captivating tales.
Legend has it that the original bridge was constructed by the devil. The Uri residents found it nearly impossible to build a bridge across the ferocious Schöllenen Gorge. So, in desperation, they sought the devil's assistance. He agreed to build the bridge but demanded the soul of the first being to cross it. Once built, the clever villagers sent a goat across, tricking the devil. Enraged, he intended to destroy the bridge with a massive stone, but an old woman marked a cross on the rock, making it impossible for him to lift. That stone, known as the "Devil's Stone," weighs an astonishing 220 tons and still rests nearby.
Modern visitors to the Devil's Bridge can also view its predecessors. There are two bridges at the site: the older, lower bridge from the 13th century, now mostly a ruin, and the newer bridge from 1830, which is still in use today.
Devil's Bridge isn't just a connection across a river; it's a gateway to stories, history, and the mesmerizing beauty of the Swiss Alps.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Devil' s bridge

Schöllenen Gorge

The rugged beauty of this gorge offers breathtaking views, with roaring waters and jagged cliffs.

Devil's Stone

A short distance from the bridge, this legendary stone stands as a testament to the folklore of the region.

Andermatt

A charming Alpine town nearby, known for its winter sports and serene landscapes.

Gotthard Base Tunnel

The world's longest railway and deepest traffic tunnel, a remarkable feat of engineering.

Museum of the Ursern Valley

Delve into the rich cultural history and traditions of the Uri region.

Oberalp Pass

A stunning high mountain pass, offering panoramic views of the Swiss Alps.

Lake Toma

Believed to be the source of the River Rhine, this serene lake is surrounded by picturesque meadows.

Gemstock Mountain

Popular for skiing and snowboarding, it offers adrenaline-pumping activities.

Via Ferrata at the Diavolo Bridge

An adventurous climbing route for those looking for a thrill in the Alps.

Furka Steam Railway

Experience the charm of vintage steam railway travel while soaking in magnificent Alpine views.

What else to visit
In and around Devil' s bridge

Sasso San Gottardo (12.26 km)

Unravel the secrets of the Swiss Alps at Sasso San Gottardo, a hidden fortress and marvel of military engineering nestled deep within the mountains.

Glasi Hergiswil Museum (40.72 km)

Step into a world of shimmering reflections at Glasi Hergiswil, Switzerland's last hand-blown glass factory, where age-old craftsmanship meets contemporary design, creating enchanting pieces of art.

Mount Pilatus (42.86 km)

Majestically rising above Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is a fusion of alpine wonders, myths, and breathtaking panoramas, beckoning adventurers and dreamers alike to its soaring peaks.

Grindelwald (43.51 km)

Nestled in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, Grindelwald is a picturesque village that evokes postcard-perfect imagery. With its snow-capped peaks, architecture, and breathtaking vistas, this alpine haven offers relaxation and adventure.

Lucerne (47.55 km)

Surrounded by the peaks of the Alps and fringed by the shores of Lake Vierwaldstättersee, Lucerne is a Swiss jewel full of history, culture and natural beauty.

Wengen (51.37 km)

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Wengen is a car-free village with a charm that transcends time. Famous for its scenic beauty, tranquil ambiance, and world-class skiing, this mountain resort is the quintessential Alpine getaway.

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