"Walk on the Bridge" Charles Bridge Tip by rexvaughan
Charles Bridge, Prague: 413 reviews and 765 photos
The Charles Bridge is really at the heart of Prague both physically and mentally. It is the connection between the Castle side of the river and the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. It is a constant hub of activity and except early and late is filled with tourists, vendors, artists, craftsmen, musicians and wonderful statues. The bridge construction was begun under Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV in 1357. It was done under the charge of Petr Paler who also did the St. Vitus Cathedral at the castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed with the mortar to strengthen the construction. It must have worked as it has withstood many floods over the past 6+ centuries including the worst in 500 years which occured in August 2002.
The most popular statue is of the legendary St. John of Nepomuk who was executed under the reign of Wenceslas IV(good King???). John was thrown off the bridge into the Vltava for, according to legend, refusing to tell the king what the Queen confessed to in the confessional. The plaque on the statue has a shiny polish as rubbing it is said to bring good luck and assure a return to Prague. Give it a rub. If you don?t, you will be the only one on the bridge who doesn?t.
Most of the guidebooks suggest going very early in the morning or very late in the evening to avoid the crowds. While the best light may be when the sun sets and you can view Prague in the evening, I enjoyed going at mid day when the place was alive with people of all kinds. Maybe you should plan on two trips to this wonderful bridge.
Address: Karluv most
Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town
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