Prague is one of Europe’s most mesmerising cities with numerous sights and historic locations to visit including the domineering Prague Castle. Divided by the meandering Vltava River, historic Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) provided the only crossing in Prague for over 400 years.
Named for the king who commissioned the bridge, Charles Bridge is bedecked by 30 statues of religious saints including St Vitus whose relics sits in the cathedral of the same name that overlooks the bridge (replicas replace the originals which sit in a Prague museum).
Legend dictates that the bridge construction was commenced at exactly 5:31am on 9 July, 1357, the superstitious King believing that the numeric sequence of 1357 9 7 5:31 would imbue his bridge with additional strength and longevity. After 600 years maybe there is more to the King’s deep-seated belief in numerology than modern science would have us believe (though a fair amount of replacement and reconstruction has occurred over the centuries)!While the pedestrian-only bridge is packed with people during the day, Charles Bridge has an eerie charm in the dawn silence and provides the foreground for a superb vista with the imposing Prague Castle at night.
This is the fifth in the monthly iconic bridge series following the Roman Ponte Pietra in Verona, medieval Stone Bridge in Regensberg, Germany, Budapest’s Chain Bridge and Ponte Vecchio in Florence.