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One of the most breath-taking bridges I have visited is the Charles Bridge in Prague which is the oldest bridge in the city.

Charles Bridge and Prague Castle (view from Masarykovo nábřeží)
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 20mm | 1/350s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/180s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlův most) is one of Prague’s most visited and romantic sights. This beautiful pedestrian only bridge was once the only bridge that crosses the Vltava River and it connects the oldest city districts. The view over the bridge at the skyline of the Hradčany is one of the breath-taking sights of Europe.

The construction of the bridge started in 1357 and completed in the beginning of the 15th century. The Gothic Charles Bridge is 516 metres long and nearly 10 metres wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards and its pavement is 13 metres above the river. On the Lesser Quarter side stands two of the three bridge towers and a single tower on the Old Town side.

The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, mostly erected around 1700 and in the baroque-style.

Malá Strana Bridge Towers, Charles Bridge
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 26mm | 1/5s @ f/3.8 | ISO 400 | Tripod

Old Town Bridge Tower, Charles Bridge
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 130mm | 1min @ f/5.6 | ISO 800 | Tripod

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