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September 21, 2004
From journal PRG
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
August 21, 2001
From journal Prague, Capital of Eastern Europe
by Krys T
Somerset, United Kingdom
April 13, 2005
From journal Prague to Perfection
December 6, 2001
From journal Prague, City of hundred towers
Prague, United Kingdom
March 16, 2002
From journal Conversations with strangers in Prague
London, United Kingdom
July 29, 2000
From journal Prague - a jewel among cities
Sunderland, United Kingdom
September 14, 2009
From journal 4 Days in Prague
Plymouth, United Kingdom
December 15, 2003
From journal 4 days in the Czech Capital
July 16, 2001
We took subway to Mustek (Museum) and walked to the river. Once you reach the riverbank, you will see the beautiful stone Charles Bridge with its two spired towers. Marvel at the black statues of the saints that line the bridge. Pay a few dollars at the far side of the bridge to climb up to the top of the spire and view the city.
Your eyes will be attracted by t Mala Strana on the far bank with its expanse of red-roofed medieval houses. The black spires of St Vitus Cathedral will also catch your attention. The most beautiful and unexpected sight of all will be the multicoloured houses all around. Reds, blues, yellows, whites, and purples dot the scenery, and the bold green vegetation makes the scene complete. It's hard to believe that not long ago this was a communist country.
The entrance to the Charles Bridge is guarded by a brown tower which overlooks the equestrian statue of Charles IV and the brickwork and bright green dome of the Saint Francis Cathedral. There are a multitude of stalls whose workers are willing to bargain to make a sale. The streets are very narrow, so you will feel yourself pressed up against crowds of others as you walk. It will not be easy to navigate through the crowds, so just relax and go with the flow.
As you approach the opposite side of the bridge, you can follow the crowds up to Hradcany Castle or explore the Lesser Quarter. I was delighted to spot a working medieval watermill as we crossed the bridge. It reminded me of the one in Smithville, New Jersey.
Over by the French embassy on Maltezke you will find a mural of John Lennon, now spotted with graffitti. There is a picture nearby showing the mural without graffitti. I had not realized that his music had left such an impression on the people of Prague. It was drawn before his death as an homage to a great musician and a stance against communism.
From journal Prague - A City Rich in History
by Armed With Passport
Miromar Lakes, Florida
July 10, 2001
At dawn, the bridge is eerily silent. The touristic multitudes are still in their hotels nursing pilsener hangovers or else gorging themselves on their hotel's breakfast spread. The people that make their living on the bridge are methodically setting up shop; they are opening blankets on which to place their wares or setting up easels to show their art. The river gurgles beneath and sometime creates a fog which winds its way around the statues, often half obscuring their visages. This is the best time, in my opinion to see the bridge.
After the sun has offically made its appearance and now hangs high in the sky, the tourists enter. Beware of the following:
Americans with camcorders and fannypacks
Hordes of adolescents with matching orange backpacks traveling in a group of no less than fifty
Pickpockets and thieves looking for wallets and fannypacks
Aggressive vendors trying to sell you something that you could never hope to want or need.
As you may have already guessed, this is the worst time to go to the bridge, although it certainly was an experience.
At sundown the statues are as creepily silhouetted as they were in the morning. From the bridge, you can watch the sun set over Prague, as it lends pastel life to the surrounding shadow and stone. The vendors have packed up and left, but now the youth of Prague have taken over. They are sitting on the cobblestone on the bridge, consuming tobacco and beer in healthy amounts. At different spots on the bridge are various groups, usually singing or dancing along to guitar or drums or both. This is also a nice time to go to the bridge, if only to say, "I would have hung out here if I were younger."
Quick historical facts about the bridge:
It is named after the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who appointed a German, Peter Parler, to build an effective bridge across the Vltava in 1357.
There are 30 statues of Baroque saints adorning the bridge, but most of these are recreations (The originals had to be removed to be protected from the elements).
The eighth statue on the right (coming from the Old Town side) is Jan Nepomunk, who was thrown off the bridge by King Wenceslas IV, for failing to betray Queen Sofie. It is the oldest statue remaining, designed in 1683.
From journal Pragmatically Probing Prague