Crossing Prague’s Charles Bridge is one of the most popular things to do when visiting the city. I know it has been for me, and have done it many times over with my visits to Czech Republic’s capital city. It is the most scenic and charming walking routes to the old town, as well as Prague’s Castle.
Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arched bridge, which crosses over the Vltava River, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designated along with the historic centre of Prague in 1992, shortly after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.
It was constructed under King Charles IV, and was built from 1357 until the early 15th century. It was originally referred to as the Stone Bridge or Prague Bridge, but has been called “Charles Bridge” since 1870.
Walking along the bridge there are numerous Baroque statues and statuaries, being 30 in total. The true statues were placed in around the 1700s, but they are all now replicas of the originals due to damage over the centuries. The theme of the bridge’s statues are religious icons and saints, which in my thoughts were for protection of the bridge, and the castle area.
The Old Town Bridge Tower– On one of my visits to Prague, I decided to pay the small fee to climb the tower at the entrance of Lesser Town. It was a climb up many wooden stairs, but it was very rewarding once you got to the top. The views of Charles Bridge, and the city of Prague were breathtaking.
I suggest the stair climb to the top for those who are capable. Not only for the magnificent views, but to stand inside one of Prague’s historical bridge towers. It was an amazing thought to overlook the city in a spot where centuries of people had stood, overlooking the same view.
I have crossed Charles Bridge several times over during my visits, but one thing that I have never done is cross it at night, which to me is still a shocker. I will return to Prague though and walk the bridge at sunset, and during the night time. Then take several photos, selfies, and write another blog on Charles Bridge. That right there is a beautiful thought!
Oh, the places you go…– Dr. Seuss
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