Prague (II)–Charles Bridge

What’s the number one must see in Prague?

Charles Bridge of course. You can’t leave Prague without seeing it. A popular spot for  artists, musicians, and photographers.  Populated with souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round.

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. Just imagine how many people walked across that bridge before you in good and bad times.

Go to the bridge at sunset and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Prague Castle against the evening sky. You can lean over antiquity walking over weathered-smooth stone, thanking the labor of others.

Stretching the gaze over the majestic river gleaming with the reflections of the city lights. The bridge can be lonely and romantic to the notes of whimsical musicians.

Swept by the romantic appeal of the bridge, many leave theirs “love locks” there, although that romantic gestures cause long-term heritage degradation and danger to visitors.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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