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Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau - The Home of the Devil's Bridge

Altes Schloß 11, 02953 Gablenz, Germany


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About Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau is a public park located in Gablenz, Germany. The park is best known for "the Devil's Bridge" - the dramatic bridge which spans a picturesque ravine. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of flower-filled gardens and numerous walking trails. The park is especially popular in spring when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom.

Things to Do at Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

One of the major attraction is the Devil's Bridge. This dramatic bridge is designed to create a perfect circle when reflected in the water below.

The park is a great place for a picnic. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a leisurely meal surrounded by nature. If you're feeling active, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore. 

And of course, you can't visit the park without admiring the beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons. Take a stroll through the gardens and soak up the colors and scents of these blooming flowers (if you are in the right season). 

The park is also home to a number of sculptures and monuments making it a perfect place for a photo op. 

History of Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

The park presumably dates back from around 1850. There are not many authentic sources for the early stages of the park. However, there are some known history about the Devil's Bridge at the park.

The Devil's Bridge (Rakotzbrücke) in the park is a 7.4-metre long, 6.8 m wide stone bridge that spans the lake of Rakotz and was commissioned in 1860 by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke. The bridge measure 3.7 meters tall, made from artificial basalt columns shipped from distant quarries. It remains forbidden today to cross the bridge, due to safety reasons for the public and the bridge even though renovations were done on this magnificent structure in 2018 and 2019.

Best Time to Visit Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

The best time to visit Kromlau Park is during the spring between April and May, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom. In addition to the floral displays, the park also features a series of bridges and walkways that wind through the gardens. 

The park is also worth visiting during the summer months, when the foliage is lush and green. However, visitors should be aware that the park can be quite crowded on weekends and holidays. If you want to avoid the crowds, it is best to visit during the week. 

Tips for Visiting Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

1. Arrive early. If you want to see the flowers at their best with the least amount of crowd, aim to arrive around 9:00 am.

2. Bring your camera. The park is absolutely breathtaking, and you’ll want to capture as many memories as possible.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes are a must!

4. Pack a picnic lunch. There are plenty of benches and tables throughout the park, so take advantage of them and enjoy a leisurely lunch surrounded by beautiful flowers.

5. Start your visit at the entrance gate, where you'll find a map of the park. Be sure to pick up a copy so you can plan your route in advance.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

1. Rhododendron Park Kromlau is named after the many rhododendron bushes that grow in the park.

2. The park covers an area of nearly 200 acres.

3. Rhododendron Park Kromlau is a popular spot for weddings and other special events.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

The average visitor to Rhododendron Park Kromlau spends just under two hours exploring the park. However, this number can vary significantly depending on the time of year and the weather. 

In the summer months, when the days are longer and the weather is milder, visitors tend to stay for closer to three hours. On days with inclement weather, however, visitors typically spent less time in the park.

Entrance Fee of Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

The Rhododendron Park Kromlau has an entrance fee of 3 euros for adults and 1.50 euros for children. Seniors and students can enter for 2 euros.

Opening Hours of Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau

The park is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm. Visitors can enjoy walking through the gardens, picnicking in the meadows, and the park is home to several statues and sculptures, making it a perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon.

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A landlocked state of Germany, bordering the states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, and Bavaria, as well as the countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. The history of Saxony spans more than a millennium. It has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and twice a republic.