Charles Bridge, Prague

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Step into the world of medieval Prague with a stroll across pedestrian-friendly Charles Bridge. Completed in 1402, the bridge replaced an older structure and became a major commercial link between eastern and western Europe. For nearly four centuries, this Gothic structure was also the only connection between the city's old town and the growing residential neighborhoods on the other side of the Vltava River. The bridge rests on 16 arches and spans 621 m (2,037 ft), featuring a continuous alley of 30 statues depicting saints venerated at the turn of the 18th century, when they became the structure's main decorative elements. Take a look at our Prague itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Charles Bridge and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This was on my bucket list and was amazing as I had anticipated. I especially enjoyed the impromptu musicians. Be sure to bring your good camera!  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    What for a bridge! Awesome for an evening stroll. A magnet! Many tourists, but understandable.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Go early or its flooded with visitors and the charm of the place might be lost. Good to be there before 9 as there might be fewer vendors then. May take close to 30 mins or more to enjoy the statues o...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    The bridge is one the most iconic sites of Prague. The ancient architecture and the statues look magnificent. One gets an awesome view of the St.Vitus cathedral from the bridge, especially during sunset, since the sun sets behind the cathedral. We were lucky enough to see a purple sunset sky after it had rained one evening. The bridge is very lively the entire day with lots of hawkers selling interesting jewellery and souvenirs. One can also find various groups of people performing, using different kinds of musical instruments at any time somewhere on the bridge.
  • June 16, 2017
    A beautiful bridge located centrally in Prague that links old town with the path towards the castle. The bridge provides a great view of Prague and is adorned with gorgeous statues throughout. It is one of the top tourists attractions and is almost always crowded with tourists, so if you want a good picture on the bridge, wake up early! If you just want good pictures of the water and the view, there are plenty of other bridges nearby that have barely any tourists on them.
  • April 14, 2017
    The Charles Bridge is unlike any other throughout our Central Europe trip, as it is lined with statues on each side and is open mostly to pedestrian traffic only, except for some official cars. It has a long history as it was built by King Charles or at least ordered by him, and interesting as the blocks had milk and wine infused in its construction. It is also noteworthy to take into account that traditions that aren't exactly Christian are also present as many people believe it brings much luck to touch the five stars with the left hand while touching the body of the priest (can't remember his name) with the right hand. Do not forget to walk through it at both the day and night as the views have completely different feels.
  • May 25, 2017
    This is a lovely walking bridge. Great views of Prague. Lots of vendors selling "stuff" of various quality. Fun to watch tourists throw money into the river with their wishes, and then watch the local kids with fishing poll magnets try to retrieve the money. Amazing statue of Jesus with Hebrew letters ... lots of great statues. Very crowded with tourists.
  • July 4, 2017
    One of the biggest tourist attractions in Prague. Beautiful architecture and the bridge has statues on each side. Great views from the bridge; it's always very busy and with lots of people here. Watch out for your wallet!

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