The Charles Bridge connects you to Old Town and is one of the main tourist attractions of Prague. No cars are allowed on this bridge as its cobblestones are reserved for the shoes of locals and tourists alike. In the middle of the bridge, you have a 360 degree view of what is around you. There are bridges both above you and below you and city on either side of you. It’s a must see if you are ever in Prague, but with that I have a few suggestions.
Avoid going between 10am and 7pm
Yes I realize this is the majority of the day, but during these times, you should use the bridges above and below the Charles to get where you want to go. The Charles Bridge during these times is essentially just one large mob of people aligned on the bridge. It’s wild, but a little too wild for me. After 7pm, there are still a lot of people on the bridge, but numbers start to decrease as it cools down. Nightlife is also huge in Prague, so there are people on the bridge at all hours.
Watch the Sunrise from the Charles Bridge
This was a suggestion from my friend Jenn (check out her Prague travel guide here) and I dragged my parents out of bed at 5:15am to catch the 5:42am sunrise. The bridge was close to empty, save for some couples getting their pre-wedding photos taken (didn’t know that was a thing) and a few stragglers who are just on their way home from the night before. The few that are joining you on your sunrise adventures are sure to be kindred spirits. Talk to them.
Run on the Bridge in the AM
My mom and I went on two or three runs over the Charles Bridge on our trip and it was the perfect way to start the day as well as get to know a little bit of Old Town. We ran around 7am and we were accompanied on the bridge by other runners and a few locals. Very few tourists seem to be awake at this time (jet lag?) so it was perfect. We ran through Old Town and pinpointed a couple places we wanted visit later in the day: an AMAZING bakery for example (soon on the blog). By the time we were ready to cross back over, we used the other bridges (the first bridge above the Charles was our favorite route to return).
Basically, go early and its great, go later and you might be a little overwhelmed as I was. Sunrise is an absolute 10/10 recommend and if you’re worried about waking up that early, just go for sunrise and come back and nap (the parents and I are both guilty of that!). Enjoy this spot if you venture to Prague or just live a little through my pictures! xoxo B