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Charles BridgeFast Facts
- Location: Located in the city of Prague in Czech Republic.
- Attraction Type: Bridge.
- Significance: A historical stone bridge known for its Gothic architecture. A number of artists, musicians and souvenir vendors standing on both sides of the bridge are another attraction of this bridge.
- Best time to Visit: Though it can be visited throughout the year, however, spring is probably the best.
- How to Reach: Those who are coming down by air, need to land at Ruzyne International Airport, located 20 km northwest of the city centre of Prague. Take a car to reach Charles Bridge. You can also reach Prague by bus from several parts of the country. Cedaz buses are also quite popular.
- Nearest Airport: Ruzyne International Airport (PRG).
As you walk across the bridge, you literally walk through the reign of the Charles. The stone Gothic architecture and the use of innovative techniques to strengthen the construction, along with a range of historical events associated with the amazing bridge would certainly take you back to hundreds years. To add with these, the various activities that one can experience on and around the bridge during the day time now, as well as the confluence of a number of artists, musicians and souvenir vendors as they stand on both sides of the bridge make it quite unique. As you stroll along the bridge, looking down the dreamy Vltava River or experience the most romantic sun set that you have ever seen in your lifetime, a visit to the Charles Bridge is surely going to be something that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
A famous historical bridge that connects the Old Town with Malí¡ Strana and Prague Castle over the Vltava River, Charles Bridge is one of the most popular attractions of the city of Prague. It is a 14th century stone bridge, also known as Karluv Most or simply as Stone Bridge. It was one of the many monuments built during the reign of Charles, but it’s its unique construction as well as the history associated with it, that made the bridge quite popular among the people. The Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV started its construction in 1357. It’s believed that architect Petr Parlíér used a unique idea to mix egg yolks into the mortar in order to strengthen the construction of the bridge. Probably due to its unique structure and its strength, Charles Bridge, unlike its predecessor, managed to survive several natural calamities like flood etc, as it still stands strong.
Visiting Charles Bridge
Walking along the Charles Bridge is an amazing experience. During the daytime, the bridge gets filled with a number of people. It is quite a common sight to spot the street artists sketching and musicians playing there music on both sides of the bridge. If you are one who loves jazz, look out for the jazz band, it could be truly entertaining.
One of the biggest attractions of Charles Bridge is its towers on the each end. You can climb up to the towers at Staromestskí¡ veÅ¾ on the Old Town end as well as at Malostranskí¡ veÅ¾ on the Malí¡ Strana end to see some of the most breathtaking views of Prague. Don’t forget to experience the scintillating sunset from the Charles Bridge, it could be the highlight of your tour here.
While visiting the Charles Bridge, you should stay at Prague. And there is no dearth of options for accommodation in Prague. You will find a number of hotels in Prague that would suit the budget of all sorts of travelers. Some of the Prague hotels can be named as:
110 00 Prague 1
Golden Well Hotel
U Zlate Studne 166/4,
118 01 Prague 1
Tel: +420 257 011 213