The Charles Bridge is considered to be one of the symbols of Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV. The bridge resting on 16 arches is 621 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide. It connects Staré Město and Malá Strana. Since 1974 the Charles Bridge has been accessible by pedestrians only.
At the end of 17th century the bridge was decorated with an alley of statues and statuaries depicting various saints. Today there are 30 statues including both originals and replicas.
We started our walk on the bridge with observation of the the Old Town Bridge Tower. It is considered to be one of the most amazing gothic-style towers in the world. For reasonable price of around 30 CZK you can climb the tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the bridge and neighboring district from the observation platform.
Almost all day long you can meet numerous tourists crossing the bridge. Besides you can see dozens of painters, street musicians and different kiosks selling knick-knackery. The bridge is also noted for two Malá Strana towers standing on the other end of the bridge.
At the quay located near the bridge you can take a river cruise by one of tourist boats.