11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague 1 - Stare Mesto
tel: +420 2 2171 4444
Daily 10a-6p (Mar), daily 10a-7p (Apr-May & Oct), daily 10a-10p (Jun-Sep), daily 10a-5p (Nov-Feb)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come to Charles Bridge after dark when it has emptied out so you can peacefully enjoy a spectacular view of the Prague Castle, glittering against the night sky.
This stunning stone bridge in the Gothic style replaced the Judith Bridge, which collapsed in a flood. Called the Stone Bridge for several centuries after its construction in 1357, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) connects Old Town to Lesser Town. Allegedly, egg yolks mixed into the mortar strengthened the bridge's construction. Perhaps it is those egg yolks that helped Charles Bridge to survive many disastrous floods. At each end of the bridge stands a tower, like bookends for the row of 30 Baroque statues that have lined the bridge since 1657. Today, Charles Bridge is a constantly bustling pedestrian bridge, lively with artists, musicians, and vendors.