Program - Sightseeing - Prague - Czech Republic
Charles Bridge, The Quintessence Of Prague's Beauty

Prague’s oldest bridge was built to replace the Judith Bridge that had been badly damaged by floods in 1342.

Prague’s most stunning landmark, Charles Bridge is a gothic stone bridge spanning 16 arches and lined with 30 baroque statues of religious figures. It is also a popular spot for Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors. Take a walk on the cobblestone bridge and get transported to another era, but don’t forget to marvel the architecture and the grand views of the Vtlava River from the bridge towers. From the bridge you have amazing views over Prague's many medieval towers, churches and palaces. The view towards Lesser Town, dominated by the Prague castle complex, is particularly picturesque.

Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge still standing over the Vltava river in Prague and the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. Charles IV had it built in 1357, after the previous bridge (“Judith Bridge”) had been destroyed by floods in 1342. The construction of the bridge was led by Peter Parler (“Petr Parléř” in Czech), the famous German-Czech architect, and it took almost half a century to finish it (It was completed in 1402). The bridge, formerly known as “Stone” or “Prague”, has only been called “Charles Bridge” since 1870. And until 1841 it was the only bridge over the Vltava river in Prague.

Visit the bridge after dark to enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully-lit Prague Castle against the evening sky, or at dawn to beat the crowd and enjoy a glorious sunrise.