Charles Bridge Historic Place in Prague - Video Reviews, Photos, History | HolidayIQ
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The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River in Prague. A famous historic bridge, its construction commenced in 1357, on the instructions of King Charles IV. Completed in the 15th century, it was the only means of crossing the Vltava River until 1841.

Serving as the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas, it made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

Named the Charles Bridge in 1870 from its original name of the Stone Bridge, it is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide. The bridge is supported by 16 arches shielded by ice guards. Three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side, provide protection to the bridge.

A civil Gothic-style building, the bridge is adorned with a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries. An avenue of 30 mostly baroque statues and statuaries were erected between 1683 and 1714.

These comprise saints and patron saints like Matthias Braun and Jan Brokoff, who were venerated at that time. The bridge is also adorned with statuaries of St. Luthgard, the Holy Crucifix and Calvary, and St. John of Nepomuk.

Staromestska (line A) metro permits tourists to reach the site.


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Ravi Mittal

Ravi Mittal2.9/5

114 reviews

Not much just a bridge

The charles bridge is not just a means to cross the river. It is a good walk to soak in the sights and sounds of Prague as well. The bridge is adorned by interesting statues and views over the river.There are portrait artists, some of them are very good at their art and also some knick knacks available for purchase. A good walk of about 15 minutes across the bridge is not a bad option in the city which is best covered by walking. Saw a lot of beggars here as well, and of course thousands of tourists.

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Mohit Marwah

Mohit Marwah4.6/5

1 review

Visit the Iconic Charles Bridge by Night

The most Iconic Bridge in Prague, always filled with visitors be it night or day overlooking the Vltava River is absolutely breathtaking and a photographer's delight(DSLR Helps).Worth all the hype.

Swati Jain

Swati Jain5.0/5

2 reviews

Mesmerising Prague

Charles Bridge is the most romantic and iconic place in the entire city! There is a lot of history behind the bridge and it connects the old and new town and makes is a great walk across. It gives a beautiful fairy-tale view, the sky looks as if it has been hand-painted. Everything is just serene and mesmerizing. There are band which play, people who sketch and it is quite busy during the day. Overall an amazing place to go with your loved ones.

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Niraj Shah

Niraj Shah4.3/5

3 reviews

Must walk on this Bridge

Wonderful bridge with beautiful architects, Yes it is a must watch so enjoy the lovely walk through this bridge which will take you 30-45 mins walk. Please do visit this place to have a good view of Prague. Camera and good shoes to walk.

Swati D

Swati D5.0/5

50 reviews

A place you must visit in Prague

It is a famous landmark in Prague. The bridge is decorated by a continuous line of statues and figures. There are activities like Music Bands and Artists on the Bridge. A must do if you want to capture brilliant images of the City.

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Charles Bridge, Prague

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