Due to the fact that many bridges across Europe were built under challenging conditions, today are referred to as Devil’s Bridge.
Teufelsbrücke or Devil’s Bridge is located across the Schöllenen Gorge, in Switzerland. According to a legend, because building the bridge was an extremely hard job, a herdsman wished the devil would make a bridge, so the devil himself appeared and offered to build the bridge on the condition the first soul to cross the bridge would be given to him. In order to trick the devil, the villagers sent a goat across the bridge, thing that made him very angry and determined him to pick up a large stone in order to smash the bridge into pieces. On his way to the bridge, he met an old woman wearing a cross, which scared him and made him to drop the stone and flee.
The Schöllenen Gorge is a major access route and the shortest transit to the St. Gotthard Pass.