Built in 1876 because of the industrial boom in Smíchov, it is the third oldest still functioning stone bridge in Prague. It was built to accommodate the needs of the rapidly growing Smíchov area on the opposite bank of the river.
The bridge is made of granite blocks of different colours and is 228 metres long. Before 1945 it used to be decorated with the statues with motives from Czech mythology made by the distinguished Czech sculptor Josef Václav Myslbek, also the author of the statue of St Wenceslas on Wenceslas Square. Unfortunately, there statues were damaged during the February bombing and were later removed.
Today, you can see them in Vyšehrad Gardens. Between the Palacký Bridge and the neighbouring Jirásek Bridge there is one of the spots on the river from where the river cruises start. Interestingly, Albert Einstein used to walk on this bridge in 1911-1912, when he lectured at German University in Prague. Apparently Einstein lived in Smíchov walked over the bridge to work.
The bridge got its name after František Palacký, a renowned Czech historian and politician. During World War II held the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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