The bridge crossing the Mostnica river was a challenging construction undertaking. It was built in a single arch of hewn stone and placed over the deep gorge. There is a legend of how the bridge got its name that you can read in the following paragraphs.
By building the bridge, Žiga Zois improved the system of iron ore and charcoal supply routes from the surrounding mountains to the iron ore plant that used to be situated next to the Zois Mansion and Pretovka Stream which you can still see on your way to the Devil’s Bridge.
There are three options from the village of Stara Fužina to the Devil’s Bridge:
The folktale about the bridge was written down by Marija Cvetek in her fascinating book entitled Bohinjske pravljojce in the dialect of Bohinj. Each tale also has a “translation” into Slovenian.
An old legend says that the people of Bohinj built a bridge before nightfall, but by the morning it was completely destroyed. They concluded that the Devil himself should build the bridge. In exchange for building it, the Devil demanded the first soul that crossed it. One peasant had a dog and when the bridge was finished he threw a bone to the other side, and his dog leapt after it. Thus the Devil received the soul of a dog. In his anger he thrashed his tail about bringing down the fence but the bridge still stands. (Slovene version can be found in the book by Marija Cvetek: Bohinjske pravljice)