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    Charles Bridge - sheer perfection!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    It is nigh on impossible to find fault with the Charles Bridge - other than with the hundreds of fellow tourists that you are likely to have to share it with!

    The bridge dates back to the 15th century and was built over the Vltava to link the Castle at Hradcany to the Old Town. It was built in a Gothic style with a tower on the Old Town side, and has been modified over the centuries, most notably with the addition of 30 mostly Baroque statues which line each side. It is a little disappointing to discover that the statues are in fact replicas, as the originals have been progressively replaced since the 1960s and transported to the National Museum for safe keeping.

    Perhaps the most famous event to take place on the bridge was the execution of St John Nepomuk, the patron saint of the Czech Republic, who was cast into the Vltava in 1393 on the orders of King Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Wikipedia says that "he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods". Obviously not a candidate for reality TV then ...

    The bridge has come it for more than its fair share of battering over the years: in addition to damage incurred during armed conflict (most notably by the Swedes during the Thirty Years War), it has also been hammered by severe floods which have damaged the structure on several occasions.

    The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in the late 1970s and is now a pedestrian zone. During the day, the bridge is a hive of activity, with the retail needs of the crowds of tourists ably catered for by a host of artists, craftsmen and buskers plying their respective trades. Many of the goods are of excellent quality - I particularly like the black and white photography which further enhances Prague's fairytale qualities.

    In order to avoid the crowds, try to visit in the early morning when there are fewer people around (and the light is great for photography) - it is also lovely in the evening when the twinkling lights shimmer on the water.

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    Charles Bridge

    by antistar Updated Jun 5, 2013

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    Connecting the old town the Mala Strana and the castle district is one of Prague's star attractions: Karluv Most (Charles Bridge). It is considered one of the most impressive Gothic constructions in the world, and tourist crammed half a kilometer length is flanked by 30 outstanding Baroque statues. It's also a cultural icon of some note, appearing in films, computer games and music videos, including the original Mission Impossible movie.

    The bridge offers great views of the old city and castle district, but the best views have Charles Bridge in as well. For these you'll want to take a trip across Manesuv Bridge to the north, and walk down Smetanovo street to the south.

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    Charles Bridge.

    by Maurizioago Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Charles Bridge or Karluv Most (its real name) was commissioned by Charles IV in 1357 to replace an older one; Judith Bridge, which was destroyed by a flood in 1342. It connects Stare Mesto; the Old Town with Mala Strana, the Lesser Town.

    This bridge is flanked by thirty ancient statues of saints. Most of them are copies. The oldest is the statue of Saint John of Nepomuk. It is supposed to bring you luck if you touch two spots on this statue. These are shiny because they were touched by many hands.

    Charles Bridge is a good place to listen to music performed by some street musicians; to have a look at some souvenir stalls end enjoy the beautiful landscape on the castle area and some other places.

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    Prague's most famous bridge

    by Jefie Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    Dating back to the beginning of the 15th century, Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge in Prague. In fact, for over 200 years, it was the only bridge crossing the Vltava River. The impressive stone bridge is supported by 16 arches, and it features beautiful Gothic towers at both ends as well as a collection of 30 statues of different saints. At the time of its construction, the bridge's 10 meter width was deemed necessary to accommodate heavy carriage traffic between Prague Castle and Old Town, especially as it became an important part of the trade route between eastern and western Europe. Although the bridge can now only be accessed on foot, it is still barely large enough to accommodate the constant flow of tourists as well as the numerous street vendors and street artists. Apart from Old Town Square, it probably is the most crowded and liveliest place in Prague. It also offers great views of the city!

    One of the bridge's amazing sculptures Little piggie out for a walk on Charles Bridge :o) Old Town's Bridge Tower View of Old Town from Charles Bridge Sylvain and I crossing Charles Bridge
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    Make a wish on the FIVE STARS of Nepomuk

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    It’s a "must" (thing to do) now whenever one walks along the Charles Bridge in Prague:

    To make a wish at the St. John of Nepomuk Statue, the statue with the that gold metal plate whose carvings have been made shiny by the millions of tourists who have touched it.
    But you have to touch it with your left hand!!! Then you make a wish (it supposedly gives you good luck and assures a return to the city of Prague). I heard about the LEFT HAND from Samantha Brown.

    But there is a lesser more unknown place to make a wish near the statue --- it is a Five-star cross (also metal) a few feet away from the statue and not so many tourists go there.

    You place your five fingers (left hand) on the five stars and then send a wish to someone – or just send it to yourself – as you look into the river. I heard that this spot where the five star is is exactly where St Jon was actually thrown off and died. Morbid...

    John of Nepomuk was a priest in Prague under a suspicious King Wenceslas IV (son of Charles IV). He received the confessions of the Queen and the King wanted to know the Queen’s confessions which Nepomuk would not reveal. Priest Nepomuk was therefore executed by being thrown into the Vltava River from the bridge with “weights” (I read somewhere that something heavy was tied to him) which caused his drowning.

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    Charles Bridge

    by fachd Written Dec 26, 2012

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    Charles Bridge was built between 1158 and 1732 during the reign of King Vladislav I. Originally it was a wooden bridge which was replaced by stone and Charles Bridge became the first stone bridge in Prague over the Vltava River. Today the bridge is a major attraction it is filled with street-painters, street-vendors and tourists. The bridge leads to the Old Town.

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    Charles Bridge

    by Pomocub Written Nov 30, 2012

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    There isn't very much that I can say about Charles Bridge that hasn't already been said. It is often a very crowded place as it is one of the biggest "attractions" of the city. The bridge is usually full of street artists, dancers and buskers.

    You can walk up one of the towers to get a beautiful view of the bridge and the River Vltava. There are also many statues of patriotic saints on the bridge that you can stop and admire.

    At the time that the bridge was constructed it was the only connection between the Prague Castle and the Old Town.

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    Monument to Charles IV

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 2, 2012

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    Charles IV (1316-1378) was the second Czech ruler from the House of Luxembourg. He was the son of John of Bohemia, who was related by blood to the French crown, and Elisabeth of Bohemia, who was a Hapsburg by blood. Charles was monarch of the Czech Lands as well as Holy Roman Emperor.

    His reign was considered one of the best. He was a generous patron of the arts, an avid builder under whom two of Prague's most well known landmarks were started- the Charles Bridge and St Vitus Cathedral. He also founded the university that bears his name, still one of the best in Central Europe. If Prague resembles Paris in some ways it is perhaps no accident. Charles IV sought to rebuild Prague in the image of Paris, where he spend seven years in the court of his uncle, Charles IV of France.

    As Holy Roman Emperor, Charles made Prague the capital of the Empire and one of the important, and now beautiful, cities in Central Europe.

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    Charles Bridge

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 2, 2012

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    The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is easily one of Prague's biggest tourist attractions. Why?

    Well one one side of the bridge is Prague's Old Town, on the other side is Mala Strana and above it Hradcany, the Castle District. Until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the only bridge over the Vltava. The view from the bridge is excellent, no doubt about it. Prague Castle towers over everything, a dominating, gigantic presence.

    On the bridge itself you can get your portrait painted, you can admire the 30 statues on the bridge, you have a great vantage point for taking photos of Prague. Be careful though, there are always crowds on the bridge and you can rest assured that anywhere where there are perpetual crowds the pickpockets won't be far behind. Always be mindful of your surroundings!

    The Charles Bridge takes its name from Charles IV, who commissioned the bridge. The original intent was to make a construction where they could have knight tournaments. Charles IV was an interesting character and his reign is considered to be the Golden Age. He was a great patron of the arts, an impassioned builder, and the monarch that really brought the Czech Lands into major European status.

    The Charles Bridge is 621 meters long and 10 meters wide. There are 16 arches and three towers, two on the Mala Strana side and one on the Old Town Side.

    The statues that you will see, none of them are from the original bridge. Actually the only thing that originally adorned the bridge was a simple crucifix. The statues were added about 1700, and what you see on the bridge today are all replicas of the originals.

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    A nice stroll across the Charles Bridge

    by BLewJay Written Aug 20, 2012

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    Once we woke up and had our breakfast, we caught the tram which took us to the foot of the Charles Bridge. It's a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River and connects Prague Castle with Old Town. There are so many sights to see, statues to look at and many things to purchase as you walk across. During the day, it's very crowded and precautions should be taken to ensure your valuables are safe and secure.

    Towers on the Mal�� Strana side of Prague Crowds on the bridge A moment of peace and quiet Statues of Saints Barbara, Margaret & Elizabeth Old Town Bridge Tower
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    Charles Bridge

    by Twan Updated Aug 8, 2012

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    The Charles Bridge (Czech: Karluv Most) is a famous bridge over the Vltava (Moldau) in Prague. The bridge is located in the district of Prague 1 and connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. The construction started in 1357 under King Charles IV.

    In 1357, on 9 July at 5:31 (1-3-5-7/9-7/5-3-1) explained King Charles the first stone.

    At that time it was the only connection to the river in Prague stabbing. To 1841 was the main link between Old Town and Prague Castle. Originally called "the Judith Bridge (Juditin must), named after Judith of Thuringia, the wife of Duke Vladislav II of Bohemia. Since 1870 the bridge called the Charles Bridge.

    The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 m wide. The structure consists of 16 arches with iceprotection. The bridge is protected by three towers, including 1 on the side of the Old City (the east). This tower is often considered the finest Gothic building in the world. On the bridge are 30 statues, mostly in the Baroque style and made ​​around 1700. It is said that by the mortar used for the bridge is used, a larger protein was mixed in order to obtain strength.

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    Charles Bridge: Busy by day, Gorgeous by night

    by Xeriss Written Jun 16, 2012

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    Charles Bridge is a gothic structure that connects the Old Town to the Little Quarter (also known as Malá Strana).
    The construction of the bridge, which began in 1357 was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and was contructed with the purpose to connect the Prague banks of the Vltava River. Two towers were also erected on both sides of the bridge, which may be easily accessed for a bettter view of Prague. One of the most popular features of this bridge is perhaps the baroque statues that were placed along either side of the bridge. (These statues are copies and not the original ones).

    Charles Bridge is a very popular tourist attraction especially during the day. As always, be careful of pickpockets. The bridge is a pedestrian area, no cars are allowed. Whilst crossing the bridge, you will definitely come across locals who will try to sell you River cruises. They can be very persistent so if you don't intend to buy tickets, you may want to make your intentions very clear.

    Charles Bridge in the background Tower on one end of the bridge (Old town side) View from the bridge Tower at one end of the bridge (Lesser Town side) One of the many baroque statues on the bridge
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    Charles (Karl) bridge

    by kris-t Updated Apr 24, 2012

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    Try early morning for a less crowded walk, or, alternatively, enjoy a romantic evening stroll for a fairytale panorama of the Prague skyline, dominated by the awe inspiring Prague Castle.

    Charles Bridge is not just a tourist attraction. It's the main pedestrian route linking the Old Town with Mala Strana, and then onto Prague Castle itself.

    During the day, expect hundreds of souvenir stands as well as an endless variety of street musicians; look out for the Jazz band who can be particularly entertaining.

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    Charles' Bridge in Prague

    by yvgr Written Apr 19, 2012

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    This place was under construction or renovation while I was visiting it. Many statues along the bridge was being repaired and covered in plastic stuff. The place and shops around the bridge tower was busy and lots of tourists everywhere. I'm glad I was able to see the bridge and cross over it.

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    Make a wish on a Charles Bridge!

    by Hiiemae Written Mar 10, 2012

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    If You will stand on a Bridge of Charles - make a wish. I throw a coin. People say it's a magical place on a Bridge and all wishes comes truth. Mine didn't come yet :]
    Bridge is very agile. Full of people all the time. In the middle of January 2012 it was reconstructed, so techique things damaged the beauty a little bit, but i'm sure now it's done :)

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