Old Town Bridge Tower

Old Town Bridge Tower (Staromestska mostecka vez) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with excellent interior viewing room. Inside the tower is an exhibition of old musical instruments from the National Museum collections but main interest is the 138-step climb to the roof, for amazing views across the river. Exterior is decorated with three sculptures – figure of St Vitus, King Charles and Wenceslas IV.


During repair work on the tower’s roof, two mysterious signs were discovered. The text of these signs forms a palindrome (without spaces between the words) and is thought to be a spell for strength and power.


Opening hours: 10.00-18.00 Mar, 10.00-19.00 Apr–May, 10.00-22.00 June–Sept, 10.00–19.00 Oct, 10.00-17.00 Nov–Feb

Location: Krizovnicke namesti, Prague 1 (Charles Bridge)

Admission: 50 CZK (reduced 40 CZK)

Old Town Bridge Tower

Heralding the entrance to the Charles Bridge, and guarding any approach from either side is the blackened and aged looking Bridge Tower. The smaller tower, a Romanesque structure, dates back to the 12th century, while its current Renaissance shape is from 1591. The higher tower is from 1464 and its …

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