"Charles Bridge" Charles Bridge Tip by german_eagle
Charles Bridge, Prague: 413 reviews and 765 photos
So much was written about Charles Bridge - what can I add?
For those who don't know the facts: It is Prague's oldest bridge crossing the Vltava river (constructing started 1357, finished in the 15th century). It is 520 m long and 10 m wide with 16 arches. The bridge connects Old Town (right bank) and Lesser Town (left bank) and is pedestrian zone.
What makes the bridge a special sight are on one hand the 30 groups of statues, most of them from 1706-14, the youngest from 1938. Among those sculptures is the statue of Johann Nepomuk, the saint of the bridges. A small marble plate with a cross on the right side of the bridge (between 6th and 7th pillar) marks the place where priest Nepomuk was thrown into the river in 1393 (you know the story?).
On the other hand the bride is a place where street musicians play, souvenirs are sold and almost any time of the day and year crowds stroll. Honestly, Charles bridge offers great views of Prague and Hradcany castle, but I found the atmosphere a bit disappointing due to the crowds. I will admit the weather was not nice - cloudy - and the charm of the bridge comes out probably best at night.
Update: On a recent visit with a friend we walked across the bridge because my friend insisted. It was cold, windy, the restoration works were under way - not exactly pleasant. On my last visit in summer I avoided the bridge, only had a look at it from elsewhere. I was afraid the bridge might collapse due to the crowds :-)
Address: Karluv most
Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town
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