Most famous czech bridge
This oldest Prague bridge is one of the most preserved medieval bridges in Europe and is undoubtedly one of the most visited monuments in Prague. The beginning of its construction dates back to 1357. It is named after Emperor Charles IV, who laid the foundation stone of the construction.
The bridge is over five hundred meters long, ten meters wide and is seated on sixteen bridge bends. Above the river, it rises at an altitude of thirteen meters and besides the Vltava river, also overcomes its artificial arm of Certovka. On the railing of the bridge there are 30 different sculptures and sculpture mainly from the period between 1706 - 1714. Another dominant feature is the Old Town Bridge Tower on the other smaller Lesser Town Bridge Tower.
Since 1883, when the horse-drawn tram started to drive, classical trams, buses and cars have been replaced in the meantime. In 1962 the bridge was declared a National Cultural Monument and a few years later, the car traffic was canceled completely. Since then, the bridge has been acccessible only for pedestrians.
In 2007 the Museum of Charles Bridge was opened. This year's most extensive bridge reconstruction was also launched, namely the repair of rails, bridgeboards and claddings.
Opening hours of Museum:
Monday to Sunday
summer (May-September) from 10.00 to 20.00
winter (october-april) from 10.00 to 18.00
Museum of the Charles Bridge
Křižovnické náměstí 3
110 00 Prague 1-Old Town