Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

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

Prague's Spires and Bridges with Snow in Winter

Prague’s Spires and Bridges with Snow in Winter

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.

 

Snow-covered Charles Bridge in Winter, Prague

Snow-covered Charles Bridge in Winter, Prague

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.

 

Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Mala Strana Spires in Snow

Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Mala Strana Spires in Snow

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.

 

Sunrise in Winter, the view through my lens, Prague

Sunrise in Winter, the view through my lens, Prague

And beauty blew me away.

 

Bird and Snow on Prague's Charles Bridge

Bird and Snow on Prague’s Charles Bridge

I have never been the only person on the Charles Bridge. On that frigid, snowy morning, I was.

 

Snow-covered Charles Bridge in Winter, Prague, Black and White

Snow-covered Charles Bridge in Winter, Prague, Black and White

It was an experience that will linger for a long time to come …

 

Prague, Mala Strana, and St. Nicholas's Spires in Winter with Snow

Prague, Mala Strana, and St. Nicholas’s Spires in Winter with Snow

For other photographs I’ve taken of Prague’s Charles Bridge, you can find them by clicking here.

 

Prague Castle Steps in Winter

Prague Castle Steps in Winter

Also, other photographs and posts on Prague can be found here. And on travel in Europe, here.

 

Prague Castle Guards, Winter

Prague Castle Guards, Winter

For you: Have you traveled to Prague? What is your favorite place / time of year to come?

 

2 Comments

  1. Dear Jennifer,
    What a gorgeous piece! Your way to weaving together the beauty of both word and images creates a beautiful reading, visual experience. I was in Prague in 1989. I was living in Gottingen, Germany for the year and took two months to travel through what was then Eastern Europe, as it was before the fall of The Wall. I wandered Prague’s streets and bridges for days. I remember the multi-colored buildings around the main square. I also remember the woman at the hotel who asked me if I’d exchange any Deutsche Marks I had with her and she slipped them under the mat on her desk, when I did. Thank you for creating such a gorgeous journey through contemporary Prague. Your lens of beauty inspires and uplifts. Thank you.

    • Wow, Dawn! Thank you for sharing that you’d visited Prague. I can only imagine how Prague must have felt at that turbulent time.
      Thank you, also, for your kindness and encouraging words. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photographs. Prague is a place that begs to be shared because of its beauty. Thank you!

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