It is the Czech capital's most visited attraction. 1640 ft of cobbles across the Vltava - or Moldau - on stone arches built in the mid-19th century. There were no statues until the 17th century, when the effigies of 30 saints were added. The only bridge on the Vltava for a long time (there are now 18), Charles Bridge was open to car traffic in the 1960's. It has become limited to pedestrians since then, invariably invaded by tourists in the day time. At night time, it all becomes quiet again. Make the most of it, especially when the mists of autumn or the winter snow help you to imagine the area in its original time.
At the entrance to the bridge on the 'Stare Mesto' (Old Town) side, the statue of Charles IV stands as a reminder that it was he who laid the first stone.© Robert Herhold / Getty Images/ iStockphoto
Standing on each side of the bridge, the statues represent important figures of the church. Most of them date from the 18th century.© TomasSereda / Getty Images/ iStockphoto
Built in the 16th century, this 40m-high defensive tower is one of the most beautiful Gothic creations of its kind in Europe.© Frantisek Chmura / 123RF
The plaques on the base of the statues each tell a story from the life of the person represented. This is John of Nepomuk who was thrown over the bridge. If you touch him it is said to bring good luck.© MATTES Rene
Dominated by St. Guy Castle and Cathedral, Mala Strana (or, 'little side') is a small village where baroque architecture and secret gardens stand side by side.© Sborisov / 123RF