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Charles Bridge

(Czech: Karlův Most)

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The Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River and connects the Old Town with Lesser Town (Prague Castle) in Prague. Its construction began in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and was completed in the early 15th century.

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Charles Bridge, located in the heart of Prague, is a spectacular landmark that draws millions of tourists every year. This historic bridge, with its beautiful Baroque statues, offers stunning views of the city's skyline.

The avenue of 30 mostly Baroque statues and statuaries situated on the balustrade forms a unique connection of artistic styles with the underlying Gothic bridge. To this day, the Charles Bridge remains a beloved and iconic landmark for locals and tourists alike.

The top 3 reasons why Charles Bridge should be on every tourist's itinerary

  1. Impressive Architecture and Design - The bridge, which dates back to the 14th century, is an engineering marvel that spans the Vltava River. The bridge is adorned with beautiful Baroque statues, including the famous statue of St. John of Nepomuk, and offers stunning views of Prague Castle and the Old Town.
  1. Rich History and Cultural Significance - Charles Bridge was once the only way to cross the Vltava River, making it an important trade route and transportation hub. The bridge has also been the site of many important events, including the coronation processions of Czech kings and queens
  1. Unique Atmosphere and Experience - Charles Bridge offers a unique atmosphere and experience that can't be found anywhere else in the city. The bridge is always bustling with street performers, artists, and vendors, creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere. 
Video: A Brief History of Charles Bridge - Everything You Need to Know about the Most Famous Prague Bridge @Real Prague Guides
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Old Town, Charles Bridge, Prague

Suggested Duration: one hour trip

Getting there
Staroměstská (Prague Metro LINE A) 275 m
Malostranská (Prague Metro LINE A) 308 m
Public Toilets nearby: 144 m
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