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The Charles Bridge links two of the most beautiful districts of Prague, The Old Town and Mala Strana (Lesser Town). It is one of eighteen bridges that span the Vltava River, which winds its way through the city. But the Charles Bridge is one of the loveliest bridges I’ve ever seen for one reason: the stunning statues that stand guard along both sides of the bridge.
This bridge is probably the most popular sight in Prague. It’s also a way for pedestrians to travel from one part of the city to the other. For that reason it’s almost always busy with tourists. When we visited one evening it was downright crowded, although still charming with its mix of street performers and artists. My favourite time to visit was just before breakfast on our final day in Prague, when the rising sun and handful of visitors lent it a solemn, pensive air.
More than any other place in the world, Prague was a city that I dreamed about visiting. From the time I first read about it, twenty years passed before I actually got there. And thanks in part to these glorious statues, it was worth every minute of the wait.