Charles Bridge, Prague
Thanks to my VT friend Eugene (eugene.uk), i didn't miss the incredible sunsets over the Charles Bridge, with the Prague Castle looking from the top of the hill.
Lots of tourists were waiting for the perfect shoot, and I was one of them. I wish to have a better camera on that moment…
Favorite thing: Tourists, tourists, and more tourists. That is what you see on the Charles Bridge. Also you will see street peddlers lining the bridge with their artwork. I went down early one morning before the crowds arrived. The bridge is very beautiful in the morning. There was a mist in the air and the statues along the bridge seem to come to live from within the mist. I watched as the vendors came to set up their tables for day. And finally the tourists started to arrive. But I had already had my moment with the Charles Bridge. So now it was time to leave the tourists to the vendors and move on.
Favorite thing: This is one of my favorite photographs I took from the Charles Bridge. It was not of the bridge or the tourists or the vendors. It is a shot just off of the bridge with a lone sculpture overlooking the water front. Its almost as if the statue has turned its back to the crowds to ignore them and just enjoy the view of the river. Thats my best Charles Bridge tip for you. Turn your back from the crowds and the vendors. Forget the tourists rubbing the statues for good luck. And just look out on the river and let yourself escape to another time and another place.
Favorite thing: There is much written about the Charles Bridge. There are articles about the various statues on the bridge. There are stories about this history of the bridge itself. And then there is the tourist whimscial information. Notice the two guys in hats. They are touching the statue in the picture. According to legend you are to touch this statue for good luch when crossing the bridge. The statue has a very worn area that is very shiney from all of the hands that touch it daily. Once more they guys in hats fall victim to being just typical tourists.
Favorite thing: One of Prague's most popular sights, packed with people all day long, Charles Bridge is a lot quieter after dark and much more atmospheric. Many of the souvenir stalls which ruin the bridge during the day are gone in the evening and it's a much nicer time to visit what is one of Prague's most popular sights. The light from the lamps on the bridge provides a striking contrast to the dark, eerie statues and there are great views of the castle in the background.
Favorite thing: Karlùv most in Czech, this is one of the most famous attractions of the capital. Looking towards Malá Strana, one can see the castle perched on top of the hill. As you walk along, there are many beautiful statues, and the bridge is pedestrian only, adding to its charm. Centrally located on the royal walk, it is unique and can not be missed.
A VIST TO CHARLES BRIDGE IS A MUST .IF YOU ARE THERE IN WINTER IF YOU GO EARLY IN THE MORNING THERE ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE ON THE BRIDGE IT GIVES A DIFFRENT ATMOSPHERE TO WHEN THE BRIDGE IS BUSY. BUT WHENEVER YOU GO THE ATMOSPHERE IS GREAT!
Fondest memory: THE HISTORY, THE BUILDING, THE BEER!
Favorite thing: Not all the statuary on the bridge is devoted to religious subjects (there are three Madonnas thereon and many saints). Some are even comical, some gruesome, and others historic. See for yourself when you marvel at every statue. The bridge would be an enchanting place just because of its age, location, styling and its wonderful medieval anchors at either end, but while upon the bridge itself, the statues form the most charming escort.
My favorite thing to do in Prague is to lose myself. It might sound odd, but I almost never travel with a map there. I love to get up early in the morning, armed with nothing but my camera and my daypack, and just wander around aimlessly. I have come across so many interesting things this way. I use the Charles Bridge, Our Lady of Tyn, and Wenceslas Square as my landmarks and eventually find my way back to my pension when it starts getting late.
Fondest memory: My best memory of Prague has to do with an intereesting cab driver. I had missed my train to Munich by mere seconds and was very upset as I stood on the tracks. So upset, in fact, that I cried. For you see, I had a plane to catch and that was the last train to Munich that day. As I stood there wondering what to do, this cab driver came up to me and offered to drive me to the German border for $20. He said that he could outrun the train and that I could catch up with it in Pilzen. He was right. He did and even carried my luggage up on the train for me when we got to the station. That was the nicest thing anyone did for me on that trip, especially considering that cab drivers in Prague get a bad rep.
Favorite thing: The best approach is to walk from the Old Town, across the ancient Charles Bridge (Karluv most). For over four hundred years, this work of art, built by king Charles IV in 1357, was the only link between the two halves of Prague. Admire the sculptures and avoid the persistent hawkers as you walk across.
Favorite thing: Some of the statuary on the Charles Bridge is entertaining in itself. If you stop a moment a realize that little details are worlds of their own, your trip and your album derive more from your close attention. While most of the figures are Biblical, there are scenes of Turks in battle, and a separate column just south and off the bridge devoted to Roland and his golden sword (almost beneath the Judith Towers).
Favorite thing: Take your time walking along the bridge as it offer you good views of the city and the bridge itself is adorned with little statues that are wonderful and worth inspecting more closely. There are also lots of artists looking for your business and some good and not so good painting on offer.
This is for people like me that take photo's then can't remember who or what they are.
Charles Bridge has 30 statues, so trying to remember who each one is when returning home is quite a challenge. I didn't have any brochures to help either.
Once home, I found a brilliant website that shows on a map, where each statue is located on the bridge, it shows photo's of the statue, and gives information.
This site I used to match my photo's with theirs,
I have listed the website below for your convenience.
This is the oldest of Prague's bridges and was founded by Charles IV in 1357. There are towers at either end of the bridge (the Lesser town bridge towers and the Old Town bridge tower). From 1683 to 1928 thirty sculptures of the saints were set onto the bridge piers. The bridge is 515m long and is 10m wide.
Fondest memory: Strolling along Charles bridge is a lovely activity as you get beautiful views across the river to the other bridges and a magnificent view to the cathedral and castle. There are many vendors selling paintings and other souvenirs along the bridge.
This sandstone statue was created in 1858 and donated by the son of the founder of the Klar Institute of the Blind in Prague to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the institute.
Fondest memory: The prismal pedestal has the Latin inscription 'In memory of the first celebration of twenty-five years since the foundation of the Institute of Blind Children in Prague held on 4 October 1857'.
The St. Wenceslas statue is in the place where little shops used to be until the year of 1822.