Charles Bridge in Prague, Things you Need to Know in 2021
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge standing over the Vltava river in central Prague named after King Charles IV. There are medieval buildings on both sides of the bridge—this bridge connecting the old town to lessor town.
You will appreciate the splendid statues created on the bridge. So enjoy your evening or morning when you are in Prague by walking the Charles Bridge. You will thank me later. But the condition is you must be aware of pickpocketers during crowded.
What Historians Say about Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV. The development of the bridge was led by German-Czech prominent architecture Peter Parler. At the beginning of the 15th century, this bridge gets completed after almost half-century.
The bridge is built of sandstone block, and legend says raw eggs were used to strengthen the bridge. But there is no evidence whether this statement is true or not. Charles Bridge is 516 meters long, 9.5 meters wide, 13 meters high, and stands on 15 pillars as per PragueGO.
And this bridge was replaced by the old Judith bridge that was severely damaged by a flood in 1342.
Significant Statues on Charles Bridge
On Charles Bridge, there are three tens of splendid statutes in two opposite rows. Every Statue has its own story and history. The most popular Statue is St. John of Nepomuk, was a Czech saint thrown into Vltava river from the bridge during the reign of Wenceslas IV. Want to know the whole story behind this execution?
Statue of Saints Vincent Ferrer and Saint Procopius is artistically important ones on the bridge was created in 1712. When you look at the Statue with a concentration on the left, then you will able to find a coffin with a dead person whom Saint Vincent Ferrer brought back to life. On Saint Vincent Ferrer right there is Saint Procopius.
Statue of St. Lutgarde is very interesting from an artistic point of view, maybe the most praised piece of art on the Charles Bridge was created by Matthias Braun in 1710. And this Statue is showing the Czech saint and blind nun’s vision of crucified Jesus.
Wishes Come True on Charles Bridge
You can make a wish on Charles Bridge, and it comes true, YES, it works if you do it properly. What you need to do is just find St. John of Nepomuk statue, 8th Statue on the right if you are heading from Old Town Square. There is shining like the gold spot on the bottom Statue.
You can bring good luck by touching the Statue to ensure that you return to Prague soon. Then walk a few steps towards the Old Town from the Statue, and you will come to a cross with five stars on the left parapet, here you are supposed to touch the cross and the stars with your left hand and make a wish.
Whatever your wish, it will come true within a year !! Blessings.
Charles Bridge Market
There is a famous market near the bridge where you can experience variants of Bohemian crystal souvenirs, handicrafts, paintings, jewels, Donut ice cream cones (Unique taste though), and many other goodies. And the lights will take you back in the past time with gas street lamps.
I do not want to reveal all the beauty of this market; I think one should go and experience the secret of the bridge and its market itself.
How to Reach & Best Time to Walk
Charles Bridge publicly opens 24*7. And the good news is there is no entrance fee; it is entirely free. On the bridge, you will able to see colourful tourists and maybe face a crowd during day time.
The best time to visit early morning or late evening. It will take almost one hour to visit the entire bridge.
You can reach by public transport or by taxi easily. Tram number 17 stops both sides of the bridge. So you can take this tram If you are coming directly from the airport, then it will take hardly 20 minutes by taxi.
The architecture that makes Charles Bridge uniquely beautiful. I had a great walk over the Vltava river, and there is something magical I will remember all my life.
The lights shining and the view of the castle are gorgeous at night. I also experienced Charles Bridge calmness early in the morning. I must say it’s always stunning.