The Charles Bridge, also called the Stone Bridge, was built in the 1350s by the famous King Charles IV. It is one of the oldest surviving complete and functioning monuments in Europe.
You need not explore far from the bridge to find some entertainment. On the bridge itself, you can have your portrait or caricature sketched by one of the street artists, or lookout for the Jazz band, who are or even peruse the many stands of photos, prints, and paintings of Prague for sale.
You can also climb the 138 stairs inside the Old Town Bridge Tower for a spectacular bird' s-eye view over Charles Bridge, the Vltava River, the Old Town, the Lesser Town (Malá Strana), and Prague Castle.
Then head to the other end to the Lesser Tower and have a peep inside to see an exhibition dedicated to the eventful history of Charles Bridge, with graphic descriptions of the invading armies that have crossed it.
Don't forget to stop and touch the statue of St. John of Nepomuk! You will notice it by its plaque, polished to a shine by the many tourists who have already reached it as it is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.
Kampa Island, which is right next to the Charles Bridge, is also a fantastic place where you can stroll or take a river cruise on a historic steamboat on the Vltava river or a small boat on the Devil's Channel.
Remember that since this place is busy virtually all day and unfortunately, attracts many pickpockets who are always looking to remove distracted tourists of some of their valuables so keep you eyes open at all time!
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