Charles Bridge in Prague is one of the most recognizable attractions in Prague. Every day thousands of tourists strive to cross 520 meters to see magic views over the Vltava River and Prague Castle. Everyone finds something exciting and memorable while crossing the Bridge. So go for it, enjoy the views of Prague, relax, breathe, wave hands to people on sailing boats, listen to street music, buy handmade souvenirs and pictures for all your friends and family, kiss and make wishes. And, of course, do not forget to take photos of the Charles Bridge.
Our photographers in Prague know the best spots, time, and light to have beautiful and unique shots. Photos taken by your guide-photographer in the Czech capital will fully reflect your stay in this fairy tale city. And of course, one of the top and obligatory spots in Prague – Charles Bridge is included in your individual walking tour.
The history of the Bridge and its statues
For centuries from the height of several meters, 30 statues of saints have been tirelessly watching citizens of Prague and tourists. You are also under sight; therefore, don’t forget to raise your head. Each of the statues on Charles Bridge has its story. But the most interesting one has the St. Jan of Nepomuk statue. He was the Vicar of Prague Archdiocese. Everything was good, but suddenly by order of King Wenceslas, John was thrown off the Charles Bridge into the river.
The legend says that the glow of five stars appeared in the water where Jan Nepomuk drowned. The official church claimed this fact as a miracle, and from that very time, St. Jan Mepomuk is depicted with five stars overhead. However, historians still do not know the exact reason for the execution since there are several versions. Discover the legend with your photographer during a walking tour around Prague. The Charles Bridge history is based on many other legends.
Making a wish on Charles Bridge
If you genuinely believe in wishes, you may make even two on the Bridge. These two magical places are closely linked with the life of St. John of Nepomuk. He is thought to be the patron deity of all lovers. That is why one can see crowds of tourists touching that very statue.
During the photo tour around Prague, our guides will show you the right way to make a wish on the Charles Bridge. No wonder when in 1990, the great Dalai Lama visited the Bridge, he compared the cosmic energy of the place with that he feels in Tibet. Do you have a wish?
Another interesting fact is that the foundation stone of the Charles Bridge was laid in 1357, the month 9, the day 7, at 5.31. (1 3 5 7 9 7 5 3 1). Moreover, it is one of Prague’s best places for photos with a picturesque view either on Vltava or Prague Hrad. That is why the Charles Bridge used to be the movie venue so often. To cut a long story short, this place is one of the first must-sees on the Prague list.
- The predecessor of the Charles Bridge was Yuditinym, named after the wife of King Vladislav I, who built the Bridge.
- The Charles Bridge is one of the longest medieval bridges in Central Europe: the length – 516 meters, width – 9.5 meters.
- Up to the 19th-century, the Charles Bridge was the only Bridge in Prague linking the Old Town and the Lesser Quarter.
- In 1870, the Bridge got its present name before it was simply The Stone or the Prague Bridge.
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How to get to the Charles Bridge:
Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1