Charles Bridge Prague: A Marvelous Piece of Architecture

The Charles Bridge Prague is one of those can’t-miss things to see when you visit the capital of the Czech Republic. When you look at the majestic statues, tiles, and overall backdrop of the Charles Bridge–you’ll know why.

View of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
View of the Charles Bridge with the Prague Castle in the background.

The Charles Bridge Prague is directly west of Prague’s Old Town Square–right in the middle of everything touristy you may want to do. That is one of the great things about Prague as a whole–it’s a very walkable city when your goal is to see the touristic sights.

When you leave the Old Town area and head to the bridge, this is the view you’ll be greeted by.

Charles Bridge Prague view from Old Town
Walking onto the Charles Bridge.

Pro tip: Pictures of the famous Prague Castle are better the closer you get to it. Don’t waste your time getting clogged up by all of the tourists trying to take pictures as soon as they walk on the bridge. You’re far better off going 70% of the way across to get a superior shot of the castle.

View from Charles Bridge Prague
The view as you get closer.

The Statues on the Charles Bridge Prague

There are 30 statues mounted to the balustrade of Charles Bridge in Prague. They form two rows, one on each side.

The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by  being  thrown  into  the Vltava  from  the  bridge.  The  plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.


Vendors & Fun

Charles Bridge Prague at Night

The Charles Bridge is full of vendors and performers. You really could make an entire afternoon of being entertained by people on the bridge and the surrounding areas.

Just be aware that it’s a tourist hotspot–so therefore, tourist prices. Make sure you bring your best bargaining face. Don’t go home with a souvenir that you could have gotten for half the price by walking ten minutes off of the bridge.

What are some of your best memories or experiences with the Charles Bridge?

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