Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Mala Strana. It was originally called the Stone Bridge and was created in the 1300s.
There are towers standing on each end of the bridge. Both the Staromstská vž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská vž on the Malá Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague and the bridge from above. The views are spectacular!
There are statues lining both sides of the bridge. The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava River from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people who have touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague. But you must touch the statue with your left hand, according to the locals. I know I'll be back, and I'm not even superstitious.
The bridge is as popular with tourists as it is with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. Unfortunately, it is also popular with pickpockets. Hold on to your purse and be wary of keeping your wallet in your back pocket.
A great time of day to come to the bridge is at sunset when one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky. The street musicians are in full swing, although the vendors have closed down for the evening.
The bridge is now a pedestrian zone and is almost constantly filled with people. If you want to have it all to yourself, get there very late at night or very early in the morning.