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Old Town Bridge Tower
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Andrew PriceOld Town Bridge Tower

Time Out says

A bird’s eye view of the Charles Bridge from the Old Town Bridge Tower side of the Vltava River

Take a behind-the-scenes peek inside this imposing 14th-century Gothic entrance to the Charles Bridge (“Karlúv Most”). This decorative arch marked the path of coronation processions for Bohemian kings following the royal route to the Prague Castle. The interior crisscrossed wooden beams and exhibits detailing the bridge’s construction make for a quick interesting pit stop on the way to the main attraction: the tower viewpoint. Spend some time comparing the landscape in each direction of the city – this may not be optional depending on the number of photographers jostling for space. Then stare down at the wall of tourists on the bridge below for a momentary sense of satisfaction that your current location includes some breathing room much better scenery.

Time Out tip: Buy a ticket for both bridge towers, even if you’re not sure you want it. The perspectives from either side offer a totally different experience.

Tricafe: For coffee and breakfast in a cozy, living room atmosphere
Absintherie: For a kitschy, liquor-based education and selection of consumable souvenirs
Lehka Hlava For delicious vegetarian food and calm décor that embodies the name “Clear Head”

Written by
Auburn Scallon


Charles Bridge, Prague 1, 110 00
Opening hours:
Hours vary
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