Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter
“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets
The first time I saw Prague’s Charles Bridge, the weather was hot and the bridge was crowded. It had been the height of summer tourist season (August) and construction crews worked on replacing the cobblestones on over half of the width of the legendary bridge spanning the Vltava River in Prague. I remember thinking about taking a photograph, but with three children in tow and other tourists pressing in on all sides of us, there was no opportunity other than simply to make it across. Despite the heat and the crowds, my first time across Charles Bridge was a memorable experience.
Every time I’ve seen the bridge and had the opportunity to meander across it in the four years since then, I’ve walked across in wide-eyed wonder. There is so much to see: the saint statues and the river, the spires on each side of the river, the autumn changing leaves, and the soaring swans and water birds, the organ-grinder man collecting change in an old hat, the artists and vendors and jazz ensembles adding flavor to the air. The Charles Bridge is Prague’s most enchanting place.
In January, an unexpected snow fell overnight before I was to meet a friend at the Castle in Prague. When I woke, I saw this view and decided to venture straight downtown, to write near the bridge on that day, and take a few moments to capture the beauty I might find there.
And beauty blew me away.
I have never been the only person on the Charles Bridge. On that frigid, snowy morning, I was.
It was an experience that will linger for a long time to come …
For other photographs I’ve taken of Prague’s Charles Bridge, you can find them by clicking here.
For you: Have you traveled to Prague? What is your favorite place / time of year to come?