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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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  • Not to be missed, but pick your day, although even when crowded, people in Prague were so so nice ... 
  • One must never miss the Charles bridge if travelling to Prague... Awesome experience.. you can get some awesome pictures... 
  • Busy as hell, but the views are amazing! You have to go, especially since you can't go to Prague without crossing over the water to see both sides. 
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  • It's absolutely beautiful, but if you don't like crowds go early in the morning or later in the evening. I would say it the best in the evening when it's dark and the street lamps are illuminating the streets, giving them a yellow glow. That atmosphere is great and you can see the castle all lit up.
  • At the start of my 2 day stay in Prague, I was not sure I understood what was so special about Charles Bridge and I am not sure I still do. But you spend even some time in Prague and you realize how central this bridge is to the city and the people who live there. The bridge connects Prague Castle with Old Town and is a central lifeline. There is also several centuries of history interspersed along with all the myths and legends - the legend of St. John of Nepomuk to mention just one. And interestingly enough, there are more swans hanging out in the river below than what I have seen anywhere else. However, beyond all of those aspects, what impressed me most about the bridge is the sheer human ingenuity on display. On the bridge, you have artists of every kind, whether those be street artists performing music for tips or painters who are busy drawing sketches of their patrons or vendors selling fancy hairclips for women. There is just so much variety in who all are there on the bridge and the kinds of things that they are engaged in that made experiencing the bridge so special for me. In fact, the very last thing I did before leaving Prague (and Europe) was to stand for a few minutes on the bridge and listen to some wonderful street music from a lively group of five musicians. All in all, you cannot go to Prague and not go to Charles Bridge at least once.
  • A nice bridge in one of Europe's best cities. It can be hard to walk across the bridge when there are lots of tourists. Time your visit outside of the usual holiday periods if possible.
  • A lot of tourists, but a remarkable thing to see. Take your tine as you stroll down the bridge. I recommend to climb the tower. It costs 90 crowns for adults but it's worth every penny
  • Nostalgic & serene stroll down this historic bridge! Key Takeaway: Lovely walk be it day or night. Take your time, take a look at the various sculptures, take pictures. In order to reach the Prague Castle, Little Quarter, this is the bridge you will take by foot! Absolutely delightful walk, highly recommend!