The Charles Bridge in Prague

The Charles Bridge in Prague is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vitava River in Prague, Czech Rebublic. This bridge is a 14th century stone bridge linking the two sides of Prague. It is lined with statues and lamps and this scenery together with the Gothic bridge towers on both ends makes the Charles Bridge a breathtaking historical monument. Built by Petr Parler and finished after his death in the beginning of the 15th century, the Charles Bridge over the river Vltava is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Prague.

Bridging Florence’s Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio has sheltered goldsmiths’ stores and workshops since the 16th century. (Image credit: Gary Yeowell/Getty Images, p. 181 100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See by National Geographic.)

From Charles Bridge visitors enjoy fairy-tale views of the Prague skyline. The wide expanse of the river flows beneath it, flanked on both sides by elegant buildings. Prague Castle towers above in its eminent position. At night Charles Bridge is a quiet place, but during the day it changes its face into a very busy venue with painters, owners of kiosks, and vendors alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge.