The Charles Bridge is the most famous of Prague’s bridges and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city.
Construction on the bridge first started in 1357 under King Charles IV and was completed in the early 15th century. The bridge was the only option for crossing over the Vltava River until 1841. It measures over 2,000 feet long and almost 33 feet wide, and features 16 arches. 30 statues, erected between 1683 and 1714 and primarily Baroque, line both sides of the bridge.
The statues depict various saints and patron saints from throughout Czech history. Today, only replicas of the statues remain, with the originals now being housed in the National Museum. Charles Bridge offers stunning views of Prague Castle, as well as a great vantage point from which to view the Vltava River.
In addition, visitors can find performers, vendors, and kiosks of all sorts throughout the year on the Charles Bridge. For a truly spectacular site, visit the bridge at night and avoid some of the crowds while enjoying the wonderful spectacle of Prague’s lights dancing on the water.