Charles Bridge Prague, is easily one of the city's top 10 sights. For some people it's the most memorable and center of the city's soul as it connects Old Town with Malá Strana.
But for others the bridge can honestly be a bit of a hassle. It can get over crowded in the warmer months and it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed when crossing.
So this page invites you to make your experience of Charles Bridge more smoother and interesting with a few tips. Of course, we've got a few historical notes too!
But, honestly, anyone can just walk across the bridge... follow the tourists... see the statues and carry on.
But, we invite you to really experience Charles Bridge rather than copying what all the tourists do.
You can easily avoid the standard tourist snapshot by taking a little side step away from the crowds. The following simple sightseeing tips should tempt you away from the beaten path. Or, at least we hope. You just might get a different idea of Prague and Charles Bridge altogether.
Most people only will think about walking across Charles Bridge.
That's perfectly natural and everyone should do it at least once during their stay. But, you're really missing out if you don't see the bridge from other angles. We suggest crossing the bridge AND getting off the bridge to really experience this 14th century marvel. Or take a guided tour of Charles Bridge Prague.
On the bridge
Walking across the bridge is a visual treat. But here are a few thoughts to keep in mind that might make your experience richer.
Off the bridge...
It's amazing how few visitors actually get off the bridge to explore. Other than crossing it, the single best way to experience Charles Bridge is to take a river cruise.
Ok, now for a little history that isn't too boring. Promise!
Prague's famous bridge wasn't the first to span the Vltava River. After the destruction of the original Judith Bridge due to flooding, emperor Charles IV set out to have a new bridge built.
And, legend has it that the bridge's construction began precisely in 1357 on the 9th day of the 7th month at 5:31 am.
Charles IV chose this time so that when written, the date is all odd numbers: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1.
The bridge was supervised by Peter Parler and constructed with sandstone. Another legend insists that egg was used in the original mortar - which is why the bridge has survived so long.
Long been considered a tale, this theory has recently been supported by tests finding organic materials in the bridges mortar.
The first statues were added to the bridge in the 17th century. The current statues are mostly replicas since the city has chosen to preserve the originals from weather elements.