The Charles Bridge in PragueOn October 18, 2014 by Emil
After Amsterdam it was onto another night train, this time to Prague. After getting settled into my AirBnB, and a short nap, I figured there was time to see the Charles Bridge for the sunset. Naturally this is when everyone else (or at least the tourists) go to see the Charles Bridge so perhaps it was lucky that it took longer than expected to walk there and I arrived a bit after sunset. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t super crowded, and the sky was still painted a lovely color from the sun:
The bridge is a nice long walk, heading west towards the Old Town. All along the bridge are statues, better seen during the day. But from the bridge there are very nice views of the city along the river:
There are still some buskers and street vendors on the bridge at this time of day, but not nearly as many as earlier. So while I would recommend walking the Charles Bridge during the day, I would highly recommend also going a little bit after sunset. Nice views with a decent amount of light for pictures and less crowds.
At the end of the Charles Bridge is Old Town. I didn’t spend too much time there but it seemed like a nice… Old Town. If you spend any amount of time in Europe you know what I mean.
However, another aspect of this end of the bridge are some nice views of the St. Vitus Cathedral.
And, after you walk back over the Charles Bridge, here’s some views from the east bank of the river.
So there you have a bit of one of the milestones of a visit to Praha, the Charles Bridge. It’s definitely a destination, with hordes of tourists, tour groups, buskers and the like… but definitely worth it. I crossed over the Charles Bridge a couple more times during my stay in Praha, and it was always worth more than just getting across the river.
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