Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlův most [ˈkarluːf ˈmost] (listen)) is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the early 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or Prague Bridge (Pražský most), but has been referred to as "Charles Bridge" since 1870.
As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This land connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.
AntC Phr | Jul 22, 2018
This is beautiful place especially in evening after sunset. Charles Bridge is on the top of every Prague visitor must-see. It is also popular with Czech artists, musician and souvenir vendors whose stand line both sides of the bridge all year. A great time of day to come to the bridge is at sunset when one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague castle against the evening sky.
Satyajit Roy | Jun 10, 2018
So famous by its name and surrounding is beautiful with colourful house at the bank of river. Nice place to take photos especially late afternoon in summer. Nights are also nice and very lively. However bit cautious of the traffics on road just beside it. Here people drive car crazy and no respect to pedestrians. And road is uneven and that makes difficult if you are with kids stroller. Seen some really good talented musicians there which are unique.
Ady Lam | Jul 18, 2018
Beautiful place built architecturally stunning. Many buskers with licenses selling their goods on the bridge. Also a lot of tourists taking photos (some of them quite rude!). One thing to note: you cannot sing in a group of 5 without a license. You'll be shooed away by the security guards on the bridge. No vehicles are allowed on the bridge; it's strictly a pedestrian bridge
Igor Gjorgiev | Jul 14, 2018
Charles Bridge is a great spot for pictures and strolling day or night. At night you can see an amazing sunset, and during the day the bridge has lots of vendors and other interesting sights. Remember to visit the St. John of Nepomuk statue and rub the plaque of the woman (NOT the dog) with your LEFT hand for good luck. Every tour guide I had in Prague warned against rubbing the dog or using your right hand, but every time I walked by I saw people doing just that. I don't really believe you'd get bad luck, but as the saying goes "when in Rome..."
Ivy Marcia | Jun 6, 2018
One of the most lovely places in all Prague, this place is full of street artists trying to do all stuffs! Dancing, singing, playing music, drawing, painting, and so much more! The tourists are everywhere so it might be a little bit noisy, I suggest to come early in the morning to enjoy some cool air. The view is very good and if you enjoy reading up the history of the bridge, you can see the significance of it and in my opinion, it will make you enjoy more of the bridge itself.
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