Charles Bridge (Karluv most) is a stone-built, historic bridge which crosses the idyllic Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357, commissioned by King Charles IV, and finished in 1402; being built in replacement of the Judith Bridge, which collapsed during a flood in 1342.
Made up of 16 narrow arches, this fascinating bridge almost seems to be resting upon the river, rather than rising over it. Charles Bridge is now a pedestrian zone and is a very popular tourist attraction. It is also iconic amongst Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors – whose stands line both sides of the bridge all year round. A great time to visit the bridge is at sunset, where travellers can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky. Absolutely breathtaking.
Today, about 30 replicas of 17th-century Baroque statues line each side of the bridge, including St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint (who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV). Touching the statue is actually rumoured to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.