If you’re anticipating a visit to Prague you should know that this is a city of beautiful towers; towers that will become the stars of your stroll through the capital of the Czech Republic. If you start walking from Prague’s Old Town toward the Mala Strana to climb the castle, you must stop by one of the architectural wonders that Prague has for you, the iconic and marvelous Charles Bridge.
The Tower of the Old Town is considered one of the most beautiful towers of Prague . It was built by order of King Charles IV by the same architect who designed Charles Bridge. Gothic and 43 meters high style, the façade of the tower of the Old Town of Prague is lavishly decorated with shields of the countries that formed the Czech kingdom during that period , as well as statues , among other characters and saints , Charles IV himself, his predecessor , Wenceslas IV , and St Vitus . The western façade, which you will see from the same Charles Bridge was damaged through several battles over the centuries, so it lacks the decor that you see on the east side.
While you stroll through the narrow streets of the medieval city, suddenly you will head to a medieval tower: it’s the Tower of the Old Town ( Staremostska Mostecka time, in Czech) which lies on the east side of Charles Bridge. On the opposite side of the bridge you will find the Towers of Mala Strana, very distinct in design, since these are two towers built in different times.
Charles Bridge is on the top of every Prague visitor’s must-see list. It is also popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge year-round. 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 bridge is now a pedestrian zone (although both tram and car traffic were allowed there in the past) and is almost constantly filled with people. If you want to have it all to yourself, go there at night or very early in the morning.
Have you been to Prague? If so, what was your favourite architectural monument?