Being connected with the Charles Bridge

Walking across Charles Bridge is a delightful experience that allows oneself to be immersed in the rich history and captivating beauty of Prague in the Czech Republic. The Bridge is said to be protected by the guardian angel of Prague and it is the site of many legends and superstitions.

Approaching the bridge from either the Old Town or the Lesser Town (Malá Strana), we notice its striking Gothic architecture and imposing towers. Charles Bridge, named after King Charles IV, spans the Vltava River and has been a significant landmark since its completion in the 15th century.

Stepping onto the bridge, we are immediately surrounded by a bustling atmosphere with artists, musicians, and street vendors offering their crafts and souvenirs. As we amble along the bridge, we spend time admiring the splendid statues that line the bridge. There are a total of 30 statues, depicting various saints and patron saints, each with its unique story. These statues were placed on the bridge between the 17th and 19th centuries.

One of the most famous statues is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, which is believed to bring good luck when touched. You’ll often see people rubbing the bronze plaque beneath the statue in hopes of receiving blessings. The views from the bridge are breathtaking, with the Vltava River flowing beneath and the picturesque cityscape of Prague unfolding in front of you.

The Charles Bridge is notable for its three bridge towers: the Old Town Bridge Tower, the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, and the Judith Tower. These towers not only provide access to the bridge but also add to its architectural grandeur.

To fully enjoy the experience, we visited the bridge just after sunrise when the crowds were non-existent, allowing us to savour the tranquility and architectural beauty of this historic landmark. Walking across Charles Bridge gives you an appreciation of its beauty and cultural significance. 

This is a must see site for anyone visiting Prague. The Charles Bridge can get quite crowded, and this was outside peak tourist season. Stunning views, beautiful statues and rich history encapsulate this old stone bridge.

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