My favourite walk around Prague is always connected with the river. Somehow, I always end up walking along the river, taking photos of greedy seagulls, beautiful swans, the sunset or sunrise over the bridges or the bridges itself. Therefore, this time I will recommend you my favourite route and bridge-spots on the river Vltava in Prague.
I usually start my river walk on Nabreří L. Svobody, walking the nice pebbled pavement along the river (which actually helps regulate the river during floods). You can always meet some swans or ducks on the way, willing to be photographed unless you give them bit of bread.
This bridge was built from 1865 to 1868 and in that time, it was called Franz Joseph bridge, according to the emperor of Austria. Under the bridge, you can always find some people “enjoying” beer or quickly spraying some graffiti on the walls and pillars of the bridge.
Čechův Bridge is considered to be the most beautiful bridge (not counting Charles bridge). It was built from 1905 to 1908 and it is the only arch bridge in Prague over the river Vltava. The Art Nouveau style sculptures (including four put on 17.5 metre-high pylons) were created by sculptors Klusáček, Wurzel, Popp and Amort.
Manesův Bridge connects Palach Square and Klarov — if I extend it a bit, it can also be considered as connected to the Old Town Square and the Castle. Similarly, this bridge was built at the beginning of the 20th century, which can be noticed on its half-sculptures and pilars.
Charles Bridge is probably one of the most photographed bridges on the world, I would say. Everybody who has visited Prague wants to have a photo on this overcrowded bridge. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.
The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge which was built from 1158 to 1172 and had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. However, it has been tested by floods in last years, too. It is still standing, which is great proof that you do not have to be afraid to walk on it.
This is another bridge, which was built before the 19th century. It connects both sides of the river with the Shooting Island, serving not just for passers-by, but also for trams and cars. Here, I usually finish my walk along the river, changing the route for nearby cafeterias or heading home.