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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Address: Malostranske Namesti | Praha 1, Prague 11800, Czech Republic
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Nice road for a stroll and shopping

According to our guide, there is a never ending debat between supporters of old town and lesser town. In our case old town with its numerous beautiful buildings and flair wins... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

According to our guide, there is a never ending debat between supporters of old town and lesser town. In our case old town with its numerous beautiful buildings and flair wins hands down. This place is a good road to walk around though.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Often relegated to second place by the Old Town Square, the Lesser square has a wealth of cafes, restaurants, pubs, interesting shops and lovely architecture which is so plentiful in Prague. The side streets are quiet but house some fine eating places. Perhaps the best way to visit the Mala Strana is to visit Prague castle quite early one morning... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

we stayed in this part of town and it was lovely. lots of cafes and restaurants and plenty to see but not quite as frantic as other parts of town. if I returned I'd stay here again.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I went to the apothecary here and got some medicine we had not been able to find elsewhere, so the shopping possibilities are endless. Just strolling around the old streets is a museum in itself.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We started our walk at the Malostranska Metro station, saw the gardens of the Wallenstein palace, walked past the Renaissance houses on Nerudova, saw the gardens of the Vrtbov palace (hard to find but worth the search) and saw the church of St Nicolas and of Little Jesus of Prague. The first part of the walk until the end of... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

An equally beautiful part of the city but much quieter and less touristy. Food and drink was much better value here than in the Old Town and well worth making the effort to visit.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Old Town in Prague is the city's highlight for many tourists, but Mala Strana is equally interesting. It's less popular, so you don't have too elbow your way through the crowds all the time, and it gives you more authentic experience of the real Prague. There are a lot of things too enjoy - the architecture, small, cozy streets,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very charming part of Prague next to Vltava river. Full of history, charming old architecture, very calm with restaurants that offer traditional czech food. Great place to go for a walk and museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

imagine the Old Town but tighter, decidedly less crowded and over-the-top touristy, with more of a 'local' vibe - perfect for a leisurely ramble. Ideal to visit after strolling up and down Petrin Hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I still don't know why they call this the lesser quarter, because it is just as lovely as the rest of the city. Great shops and wonderful architecture. Much to see.

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Address: Malostranske Namesti | Praha 1, Prague 11800, Czech Republic
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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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