Charles Bridge has been one of the most iconic landmarks of central Europe for nearly seven centuries. This route begins on the eastern side of the Vltava River, on a major avenue in Prague's Old Town, and crosses the half kilometer wide river, the cobblestones of the bridge echoing with the many wars, floods and disasters over the centuries. The route ends on Malostranske Square on the western shore with Prague Castle looming on the hill.
Old Town Bridge Tower, Mala strana, Vltava River, Charles Bridge Museum on Krizovnickse Square.
We'll start on the eastern side of Charles Bridge, in Krizovnicke Square next to St. Francis Of Assissi Church.
City trams 17 and 18 run north and south along the eastern shore of the river and the nearest tram-stops are Karlovy lázně and Staroměstská, both a short walk to the starting point of Krizovnicke Square.
Places to stop along the way:
Charles Bridge Museum on Krizovnicke Square (eastern end of bridge), cafes and restaurants on Malostranske Square (Starbucks, Kampa pubs, etc.)
Best time to walk:
Early morning or evening, if you want to avoid crowds of tourists. Prague's evening cityscape with the castle rising to the west is truly magnificent!
Pickpockets love the bridge too, so just watch your things! Generally, Prague is a safe city at all hours.
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