Charles Bridge was built in the second half of the 14th century (completed in 1402) and it is the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. It was named after King Charles IV, who ordered its construction in 1357. Charles Bridge has withstood all floods throughout the centuries, including the big flood of Prague in 2002. According to legends, the bridge is so strong because eggs were used as one of the materials for Charles Bridge construction.
Tourism on Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge connects Prague Castle with Prague Old Town. It has 30 statues along its both balustrades. Mostly baroque, the statues depict various saints, patrons, and important people from Czech history. In the last years, both sides of Charles Bridge have also been full of stands selling souvenirs, street artists drawing portraits for tourists, and various street entertainers.
How to Get to Charles Bridge
You can easily get to Charles Bridge by metro line A. The closest metro stations are Staromestska (on Old Town side) and Malostranska (on Lesser Quarter side). The closest tram stops are Staromestska or Karlovy Lazne in the Old Town and Malostranske Namesti (Lesser Quarter Square) in Lesser Quarter.
Hotels Close to Charles Bridge
As the central point of Prague tourism, Charles Bridge has naturally lots of accommodation options in its close proximity. You will find hotels on both sides of Charles Bridge (Lesser Quarter and Old Town). Most hotels are situated in historical houses. Price and quality ranges from 3 star to 5 star – there are not many budget hotels in this area.