Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a magnificent stone Gothic bridge that spans across Vltava River since the 15th century. It connects the Old Town (Staro Měste) with Lesser Town (Malá Strana) and the prominent Prague Castle. Adding to its charm are 2 beautiful fortified towers at both the ends and 30 Baroque statues lined along the bridge. It is one of Prague landmarks and visited by thousands every day.
There is never really a quiet moment on Charles Bridge with that many people on it. So much so that it can be quite a pain to move along and we were there during offseason! There are vendors displaying all sorts of souvenirs, buskers and beggars every few steps away.
The oldest and most popular statue is Saint John of Nepomuk. The man was tortured and thrown into Vltava River from Charles Bridge by the order of King Wenceslas IV. And now it is believed that touching the statue will make one wish come true, which I don’t understand the logic if there’s any.
Some of the other statues on the bridge.
It’s so crowded on the bridge that I found it hard to frame my shot without being blocked or blocking someone else in the process. So I decided to come back later in the day, hoping for lesser crowds.
The Dancing House
We went over to check out the famous dancing couple in Prague by the name of Ginger and Fred. I am of course talking about the Dancing House located at one of the rather busy junction. The unique building with its curvy outlines stands out from the blend of architectural styles which defines Prague.
It was not readily accepted upon completion but the Dancing House is now regarded as one of the most interesting buildings in Prague. I like it too, but just wondering how practical will the interior space be like?
We came across a few great looking buildings along the way from Charles Bridge towards Dancing House. The best part is without the huge crowd.
Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) was part of King Charles’s plan for a new town. It had since witnessed many important Czech Republic’s historical events and till today a favourite parade ground of all kinds. The square now forms the administrative and commercial centre of the city where the main shopping district begins. Plenty of hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants can be found here along the wide streets.
The long, pedestrian square leads uphill towards the good looking National Museum.
Here’s also where we caught a beautiful rainbow after a short shower of rain. NICE!!
The touch of luck on Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is still bustling with people even during evening time, though much less maddening as compared to the day. There are more breathable spaces for me to take a good look around.
The amazing view of Prague Castle from the bridge is truly a sight to behold.
Finally a closer look at what many people have been rubbing for good luck at the Saint John of Nepomuk statue. Notice the difference between the portions which constantly receive TLC?
Ok, but here’s the thing – you only need to touch the falling priest on the plague if you believe in the good luck touch. Not the lady or the dog (the plague on the left) which does not have anything to do with the myth.
The other touch-of-luck place on the bridge is the exact spot where the priest was thrown over. The saying for this is to make a wish while touching the cross on the bridge, and supposing it will come true within a year.
I did not try any of those as I am keener to find a good spot for some long exposure night shot. :) Prague at night is seriously magical and beautiful.
One last shot of the Old town bridge tower before heading back to Design Hotel Josef Prague.