Commissioned by Charles IV to replace the earlier Judith Bridge the Charles Bridge was, until 1741, the only crossing over the Vltava.
The bridge links Stare Mesto and Mala Strana and on a trip to Prague you'll probably find yourself strolling accros it on much more than one occassion.
The bridge itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and engineering, lined with statues (get yourself a good guide book which lists the sculptures) and punctuated on either end with towers. The views from the towers, along the bridge and over Stare Mesto at one end and Mala Strana at the other, are wonderful. Indeed you won't be stuck for photo opportunities. The bridge itself and the views over the Vltava towards Petrin Hill and the Castle will have you reaching for your camera. There are also stalls saying a range of crafts and souveniers and plenty of buskers entertaining the crowds. And it does get very - and I mean very - crowded. Try and go early-ish in the morning to catch the views without too many people around
At night it is just magical. Lit by street lamps, the statues dark silhouettes against the sky, the lights of Prague illuminating the buildings and reflected in the river it can feel almost un-real. As if you have stepped back in time to the late 19th early 20th Century.
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