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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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Address: Malostranske Namesti | Praha 1, Prague 11800, Czech Republic
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: One of the most historic sections of Prague, the Lesser Quarter features...
One of the most historic sections of Prague, the Lesser Quarter features many Renaissance burghers' houses, baroque palaces, narrow lanes and spacious squares.
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Great area to explore. Many governmental buildings and embassies there. On top of it the presidential palace with Lobkowicz museum and beautiful church. Views of Prague amazing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Great area to explore. Many governmental buildings and embassies there. On top of it the presidential palace with Lobkowicz museum and beautiful church. Views of Prague amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There are marvelous streets and houses, but also too many cars with reckless drivers going through and through...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Though quite hilly, there are many better restaurants and shopping than old town. Best to traverse by taxi or tram. Hotels here are relatively inexpensive, and the restaurants are fabulous. Best area for shopping.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Beautiful. We spent two days at the other side of the bridge, in and around Wenslisas Square, the newtown and the old town square which while amazing were very different from this side of the bridge. The pace seems a little slower on this side. We saw the graffiti wall, visited the castle and dined over here- spending the day... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Stop 8 on the Hop On/Off bus. The small statue of the Christ Child is in the Catholic Church of Our Lady Victorious of the Carmelite Order. It is said that the statue once belonged to Saint Theresa of Avila. Adjacent to the Church is a shop that sells religious articles that can be taken to the friars in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

My daughter loved this part of Prague across the Karlov Most from Staromèstské nàmêste best because "people are happy". There is the long uphill slope to the Castle and St. Vitus, with ersatz antique shops, galleries, wine bars, etc. Along its bank of the Vltava are restaurants posh and grand, or hidden and local. There is a street to which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Lovely little part of Prague. Beautiful Architecture. Nice walks. History in abundance. Walk to the castle and see great views. Nice places to eat and drink on the journey We will stay in this part of the city next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

didn't spend a lot of time here during my first visit which was in the 80's. Bustling, lots of gorgeous architecture (Prague has to be up there in terms of eye popping minutiae).

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

There are some beautiful churches here, and the funicular is a great way to experience something unusual as well as explore Petrin hill

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Purely by accident we arrived just as a procession was starting in national costume and it was brilliant. Interestingly no-one at the hotel was able to give any insight to things like this so we were lucky to stumble across it. A great pageant and very colourful.

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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighborhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighborhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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