The One Bridge We Wanted To See Close
We saw the city from many perspectives when we visited Prague for 8 days. A visit to the Petrin Tower gave us a panoramic view. On a river cruise, we saw the sights that line the river and the canals of Prague. When we went to walk the Charles Bridge in Prague, we got yet another great perspective on this beautiful city that straddles the Vtlova River.
But the Charles Bridge offered so much more than just views of Prague. The bridge architecture and statues were insights into the gothic period. The artists and musicians on the bridge added a modern touch. We were so glad we got a close up view of the Charles Bridge.
We Saw The Charles Bridge From All Over Town
The first view of the Charles Bridge teased us when we went high in the Petrin Tower. We saw 5 of the bridges that crossed the Vtlava River from the Lesser Town under the castle to the Old Town in Prague. With a great zoom lens, we could see some of the treasures that awaited us on the bridge.
Walking along the riverside, we got great views of the Charles Bridge. It was the backdrop for the very busy river traffic.
When we took a river cruise, we got to go under the bridge both ways. We saw the bridge ice dams put up to protect the bridge from ice flows. The Vtlava River no longer freezes so these are just relics of another time.
Before you walk the Charles Bridge in Prague, enjoy it from other perspectives.
Starting On The Lesser Town Side
One day we took the tram to the other side and got off by the St Nicholas Church. The #22 tram stopped right by our hotel and was a great way to get to many of the tourist sights.
This church was only one of many named St Nicholas (with variations on the spelling). We were amused to see the Starbucks located right at the base of the church. It was a good thing that David had a bunch of other coffee shops marked on this side of the river.
From the St Nicholas Church we walked along the cobblestone street to the Lesser Town Tower to the Charles Bridge. It was interesting to look details on this old gothic gate. We saw the first of many old cars used for tours around Prague.
We were definitely in the tourist part of town. Every second shop sold tourist souvenirs. And of course we found lots of Thai Massage shops! We looked down and saw the canals we travelled on our canal boat tour.
We started our walk on the Charles Bridge in Prague on the Lesser Town side. The tower hid the bridge until we walked under the tower arch.
There Is So Much To See On The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is the major tourist bridge in Prague. Today it is a pedestrian bridge so the only option is to walk the Charles Bridge in Prague.
Along the bridge we found several different stalls selling stuff. Local artisans were reluctant to have us take pictures. But we could have gotten a caricature done of the two of us. At one point we found some musicians on the bridge. People were dancing and snapping pics while we watched.
Several times we stopped on the bridge to catch the view. When we looked back, we got a great view of the Prague Castle and St Vitrus Cathedral. We got such a stunning view of the buildings and architecture of Prague.
When we got close to Old Town, we got a glimpse of the interesting skyline. There was such a variety of towers, steeples and ornamentation in the buildings and architecture of Prague.
We saw the river tour boats that moved along the river. When we took a river cruise in Prague, we would get that trip along the water. We could see the weirs that controlled the water flow of the Vtlava River. And the small set of locks that kept the river navigable.
Take time to stroll and look when you walk the Charles Bridge in Prague.
Such A Variety Of Statues On The Charles Bridge
There were statues up on the bridge at various points. Most of the statues were totally black in colour. Some had scaffolding and were being renovated. As with many of the buildings in Prague, the statues and bridge gates were made of sandstone. Being a porous material, there were only so many times that the sandstone could be cleaned before it would start to deteriorate. We was a similar bridge with statues when we visited Pisek on our way to stay in Cesky Krumlov.
The statues that you see when you walk the Charles Bridge in Prague are all largely religious in nature. It harkens back to a much earlier time in Prague history. Today the country has a very low church going population.
Leave The Charles Bridge Into Old Town
We left the Charles Bridge on the other side through the Old Town Tower. We spent some time admiring this gothic tower once we were off the bridge.
In the courtyard after the Charles Bridge we saw a statue of King Charles. This is who this bridge was named for. And the person that seems to have a major role in the history of this period of Prague.
Right beside the bridge is the small museum. We walked down the stairs to the museum to find the Baroque Coffee Shop. It was an oasis of quiet in a very busy tourist area. This was just one of the many coffee shops marked on our Prague map. The coffee shop was right beside the entrance we used later in our trip for our Prague River Cruise.
Plan To Walk The Charles Bridge In Prague
The tourist books all suggest that you walk the Charles Bridge in Prague. While I figured we would stroll across it on one of our 8 days wandering in Prague, David had it firmly on his “to do” list. When we wandered along the crowded streets to the Lesser Town Tower, I really was not sure where he was leading me. But I was very glad once I saw where he had brought me.
The bridge towers were fascinating pieces of gothic architecture. The statues on the bridge were varied and interesting. Artists and musicians on the bridge brought another element. And the Charles Bridge was another great spot for views of the buildings and architecture of Prague. It will give you a bit of a preview of what you might see if you do a river cruise.
When you visit, make sure to plan some time to walk the Charles Bridge in Prague. There is lots to see end to end.
Did you walk the Charles Bridge in Prague? What did you find most fascinating?
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