Prague may be known as the city of a Hundred Spires but it could just as well be the city of a Hundred bridges. As the Vltava River meanders through the historic town, it is crossed by a series of bridges, each of which have their own cultural or architectural charm. From the famous Charles Bridge and the historic Legion Bridge to the Art Nouveau Čechův Bridge and the modern Troja Bridge, these are the most beautiful bridges in Prague.
The most famous bridge in Prague is without doubt the Charles Bridge. Named after King Charles IV, for hundreds of years it was the only structure connecting the two banks of the Vltava River. Nowadays it’s a popular place for a romantic walk at sunset, when lanterns light up the stone walkway. Keep your eyes peeled because the pedestrian bridge is an engagement hotspot, with hundreds of proposals taking place on its cobbled path each year.
Čechův Bridge is a remarkable example of Art Nouveau architecture. While it may be the shortest bridge across the Vltava, its structural and artistic significance is a lot greater than its size. The bridge features a distinctive green design with delicate festoon detailing. Grand pairs of columns stand guard at either end and are topped with bronze sculptures of winged torchbearers – figures that also appear on the bridge’s base. The structure, which links Letná Park with the Jewish Quarter, was named after Czech writer and poet Svatopluk Čech.
Combining neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau styles, Legion Bridge joins Lesser Quarter and the National Boulevard, via Střelecký Island (Shooter’s Island). Standing in place of the ancient Chain Bridge of Emperor Francis I, Legion Bridge features tall towers (former toll booths) on either side, with vehicles and pedestrians welcome to cross freely or stop off halfway at the beautiful island in the middle of the lake, which often hosts cultural events.