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“Can be quite romantic.... or worse than a rush hour underground ride in Tokyo”
Review of Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge
Ranked #3 of 1,023 things to do in Prague
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Connecting the Old town with Lesser Town, this popular pedestrian bridge is filled with musicians, painters, vendors and tourists during the summertime.
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

I live in Prague and have experienced Charles Bridge in all seasons and at all times of day. To best enjoy it, come before 9 AM or after 9 PM. Both offer gorgeous views of the castle complex and cathedral without literally thousands of other people pushing their way across, blocking everyone while taking selfies, or posing for mediocre caricatures. The morning hours have great light for photographing the castle and the night hours are extremely romantic. Don’t be put off by fog, light rain or snow - it adds to the medieval feel of the bridge!

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Charles Bridge is a popular cobble stone bridge used by tourists to walk between Lesser and Old Town. It is a landmark bridge in Prague, easily identifiable with its 2 square medieval towers at each end of the bridge and its 32 religious statues. These statues, all copies of the originals, are now blackened sandstone making the features and details of each statue hard to appreciate. We saw one newly replaced statue still beige in color. The statues are placed about every 100 feet along the bridge, each opposite one another. Some statues are of individuals while others are of groups of figures. Most were unimportant to me, but I was on the look out for St. John of Nepomuk's statue with his halo of 5 gold stars. Look for it on the north side of the bridge, about midway across. We examined the reliefs on the broad pedestal of this statue which showed him as a knight in armor and then his murder on this bridge where he was pushed in by the king's soldiers. There was an inscription in Latin on the pedestal, but visitors were more interested in touching the reliefs after hearing from their guides that by doing so a wish made will come true.

Caricature artists put up their easels all along both sides of this pedestrian bridge. Samples of their work tended to make my eye drift from the scenic views before me. Few other artisans were present on our visit. Anywhere on the bridge, there were good views of the royal Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral on the hill. Other picturesque views were of river traffic and the other bridges that cross the river. Kampa Park can be reached by stairs very close to the end of the bridge as Lesser Town is reached should you wish to see the Cerny figures in front of the Modern Art Museum - otherwise nothing else of interest in that park. The towers can be entered, but there were no obvious signs about this possibility. Strolling across the bridge takes under 10 minutes.

Thank retireeVancouver
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Cool bridge with many vendors selling souvenirs, art, and caricatures. Can be a bit crowded and hot as well.

Thank rtravel34
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Everyone goes to Charles Bridge when in Prague. It teems with people, music, sellers. It is much quieter in the morning, which is probably why all the brides and grooms are taking their wedding photos. It’s fun any time.

Thank nand150
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Great views of Prague from the bridge. A lot of people in this area. Short walking distance to Old town and that medieval area.

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