With history back to Roman times, Regensburg is one of Europe’s finest preserved medieval towns. A highlight is the plainly named Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) which elegantly arches across the Danube River.
Similarly to Devil’s Bridge in Cividale del Fruili in northern Italy, a wonderful old tale tells of a large bet between the builders of the cathedral and the bridge to finish first. When the bridge mason fell badly behind, the Devil offered to complete the bridge at the price of the first three souls to cross the bridge. Being desperate, the builder agree and duly finished first.
Craftily, the bridge builder sent two chickens and a dog across the bridge and the Devil on realising that he was tricked, jumped heavily on the bridge to try to destroy it leaving a large lump in the centre of the structure. He later took his life diving from the tower of the cathedral, his image being sculpted on the cathedral.
In reality, the cathedral was started over 100 years after the bridge’s completion but the story adds to this majestic and historic bridge.
This is the second in the monthly iconic bridge series following the Roman Ponte Pietra in Verona.