The famous and beautiful Charles Bridge is one of the most visited sights in Prague. Commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357, the bridge spans 16 arches and is lined with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures. The most popular statue is of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava river from the bridge.
As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town. The bridge is 621 metres long and nearly 10 metres wide, and was originally named the Stone Bridge.
From Charles Bridge visitors can enjoy stunning views of Prague Castle surrounded by elegant city buildings. It is bustling with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round, however if you prefer a more quiet experience, try going early morning or late evening,
Charles Bridge is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Prague.