Charles Bridge is one of the most visited sights in the whole of the Czech Republic. It is the oldest stone bridge in Prague and the second oldest in the Czech Republic which have survived until today.
The bridge was named after its founder, Charles IV. who had it built in the middle of the 14th century at a place of its predecessor, the Judith Bridge. The construction of the bridge was entrusted to only 27 year old architect Peter Parler. It was completed at the beginning of the 15th century.
Its reputation the bridge gained namely thanks to the connection of strict Gothic and monumental Baroque sculptural decoration. 30 statues and a crucifix have been placed there over 300 years. The most famous sculptures were designed by Matthias Bernard Braun.
Over the bridge there led the famous Royal Route. It was also important from a military point of view when the Swedes attacked the city in 1648. In the past the bridge was was used by horse trams, trams, buses and even cars. Today, however, it is dedicated to pedestrians only.
The bridge is 516 meters long and 10 meters wide. It is carried by 16 pillars and is constructed of sandstone blocks. In 2010 an extensive renovation of Charles Bridge was completed.
The best gift for St. Valentine's Day is a shared experience! Celebrate the day of love with a romantic cruise through the centre of Prague overlooking historical monuments and with a wonderful dinner and live music.
For more than 25 years, PRAGUE BOATS has been operating regular cruises in the centre of Prague, where in addition to the historical sights you can enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner.
Indulge in the best cruise experience with dinner! Book a Prague by Night or Crystal Dinner cruise with a window seat! We are newly providing this additional service for groups of two or more people.