Discover the secrets of the centuries-old Charles Bridge in the timeless city of Prague.
The city is home to fine bakeries, delightful public squares, and, of course, is no stranger to beautiful bridges. Plan your trip to Paris all the same. Just consider adding Prague onto that itinerary! We were fortunate to spend 4 days in the heart of the city, next to the legendary Charles Bridge, and we found reason after reason to starting recommending "The Golden City" along with "The City of Lights".
But no matter its name, Charles Bridge has been beloved by locals and visitors for centuries. It's so much more than a critical transportation link - it's a symbol of Prague's enduring beauty and is a glorious piece of open air artwork.
Prague is an extremely safe city but, like any busy travel destination, keep your belongings and bags secure on the bridge. And if you're after crowd-free photos, follow our simple (but least favorite!) travel tip: Get up EARLY. Pre-sunrise photos can't be beat!
(And, while I'm not proud to admit it, its location above a Starbucks made for some very convenient blog writing. Sometimes you just need your caffeine a certain way!)
I insisted on keeping the windows open all night just so I could periodically look at the church - it must have been one of the best views we've ever had. (Though our followers on Twitter might remember me asking if there are any bats in Prague. Happily, no creatures of the night dropped in to visit and sleeping with the window open was a nice treat.)
The same loft ceiling windows that gave us such an amazing view of the church let in plenty of natural light and, combined with a portable fan, provided a comfortable cross breeze, even in the middle of summer. (The age of the building precludes an air conditioning system).
My only complaint was that the hotel didn't have a laundry service and that the staff weren't sure what to suggest. In the end, we found Prague Andy's Laundromat, a fantastic laundromat designed primarily for tourists, with the most powerful laundry soap I've ever used! (An added bonus: while it's not close to the hotel, it is on the same tram line so it was a simple ride).
There's never enough time in Prague
- Want to learn more about the history of the Charles Bridge? You can find it here.
- Looking for more recommendations for a first time visit to Prague? My friend Colleen of AdLib Traveller has some great suggestions. (Also: She took a Segway tour in Prague - she's way more adventurous than me!)
- To read more reviews of The Nicholas Hotel Residence, you can compare information on Trip Advisor, Hotels Combined, and Expedia.
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Our visit in Prague was facilitated by Czech Tourism and we thank them for their support. All research, writing, and opinions are our own.