The Famous Charles Bridge in Prague

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Prague is a beautiful city in Czech Republic. It is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, beers, and bridges. Prague prides itself with many beautiful bridges that span the Vltava River. There are 17 bridges in total that connects the Mala Strana and the Old Town Square. And one of the most famous bridges in Europe happens to be in the city of Prague.

The Karlov Most or the Charles Bridge, as we all know it, has a unique design. Due to this, the bridge looks very enticing for tourists to flock and use it as a background for photo shoots and selfies. When I visited the landmark, I certainly understood why.

The Charles Bridge used to be open to vehicles as well. After the WWII, it was made open to pedestrians only as it already went through a lot of damage and costly and even lengthy repairs in the past.  And now that is a solely pedestrian path, this bridge is very accessible and a favorite of tourists who visit Prague.

Reaching Charles Bridge is quite easy. It depends on where your accommodation is located in the city. I stayed in near the Wenceslas Square so I took a metro from I.P. Pavlova, changed to Line A at Museum, and got off at Staromestska Metro Station. From there, it was just around 5-10 minutes walk, depending on your pace.

There are many vendors, buskers/street performers,  and even tour peddlers around the Charles Bridge and on it. So be prepared to get entertained as well. And if you like some of the performance, please feel free to support them with a small donation because they are really good!

And once you are about to enter the bridge, you will notice two towers on opposite ends. They are really magnificent structures and a good photo op under them is Instagram worthy too!

There are a total of 30 statues on the balustrades of the bridge on both sides. The statues have been replaced by replicas.

 

 

 

This statue is near the other tower of the Charles Bridge. Below it are some nice restaurants.

This is the other end of the Charles Bridge, leading to Mala Strana, also known as the Lesser Town where the Prague Castle is located.

 

This landmark is a must-see when you visit Prague. I highly recommend it. Should you need tours around Prague, you can also book your tours here:

 

 

Tip: Leave the hotel very early to get a good view of the entire span of Charles Bridge. I left around 9:00 a.m. and I thought it was already early enough to get decent photos and stop for posing. When I reached the Charles Bridge before 9:30 a.m., the tourists were already starting to get plenty. You have to be very patient to navigate the whole stretch and be able to wait for other tourists to vacate the spot you want to take picture of.  Most travelers say, the best time is around sunrise and you get to see Charles Bridge in its full glory.

 

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