Lesser Town
Lesser Town
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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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Neighborhood: Malá 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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  • Lesser • 8 min walk
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,038 contributions
    Quieter part of town
    Lesser Town is seemingly overlooked by Old Town as most of the sights, with the exception of the Castle, are based on that side. However, there are many shops and eateries to be visited and enjoyed on this side as well. The architecture and hidden corridors and museums are great to see and visit. Take a moment to review a guidebook and discover this side of town too.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 5, 2023
  • WorldTravellerSoon
    Canada364 contributions
    Lesser Town is not lesser
    Lessor Town is the less busy part of town. You will go there when you go the the Prague Castle. I like this area as it is full of old European charm. Also it is less commercialized as there are less souvenir stores. There are occasional cafes and restaurants. You need comfortable shoes as there are cobblestone roads.
    Visited October 2022
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia4,731 contributions
    A nice neighborhood that is picturesque with lots to see and do.
    As you walk over the Charles Bridge towards the Lesser Bridge tower, you are walking into the Lesser Town, commonly known as Mala Strana. It encompasses some nice things to see like Kampa Island, Devils Channel, St Nicholas Church, Lennon Wall, Kafka museum and a lot more. You most definitely go through this neighborhood when visiting Prague so ensure you do your research to make the most of your time as there is a lot to see and do. Its a nice neighborhood you need to explore while in Prague.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
  • mirunavrn
    Bucharest, Romania394 contributions
    Charming
    Mala Strana is a charming neighbourhood. Colorful houses, impressive buildings and architecture, old shops. It is perfect for a chill afternoon walk. Just cross the Charles Brigde and you'll be there.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Nate080411
    Nashua, New Hampshire1,007 contributions
    Our favorite side of the city
    There is so much to see on this side of the city, so be sure to take time over here when you are visiting the Prague Castle. We liked this side of the city even more than the city center. It felt a bit less crowded and a bit more at ease. There are many different parks and exhibits to see which will strike your fancy. Plenty of churches, historical buildings and pubs for you to spend at least a full day in this section of town. You should get a tour of it with a guide and then do some wondering on your own.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5 stars
    This part of the city is really magical. I think it is my favourite part of the city to walk through (and Prague is most probably my favourite city in Europe). The buildings are all picturesque, lined with red roofs. I could spend hours exploring here. Magic.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,419 contributions
    Historic and Charming Neighborhood
    Mala Strana(or Lesser Town) is a historic and quaint neighborhood in Prague just over the Charles Bridge and below Prague Castle. Our wonderful Hotel Pod Vezi was located here, and we got to experience the terrific ambience of the neighborhood quite a bit. It is a perfect location to stay when visiting the city. There is nothing "Lesser" about it and it is every much as charming as Old Town but with a lot less people. Highlights of the area include St Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town Tower Bridge and Neurodova Street that leads up to the Castle. However, it is also filled with shops, cafes, and some excellent restaurants with many serving traditional Czech food and beer at reasonable prices. U Tri Jelinku was our favorite. The best part of staying here was returning each night across the Charles Bridge. The view of the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, St Nicolas Church and Prague Castle all illuminated was pretty magical.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
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Kevin N
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This Is the Area for the artists So we really had a nice time here. A lot of pitoresque street everywhere And a small shops .
Written January 19, 2024
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louisck47
7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful architecture. Some really quirky shops and friendly people. You can also buy THC from lessertown from the shops
Written January 11, 2024
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Monica K
Arizona13 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The architecture of Lesser Town is a captivating blend of baroque and renaissance styles, with every building seeming to tell a story of centuries gone by. Wandering through the labyrinthine alleys, I found myself immersed in the rich history of the area, from the imposing Prague Castle looming overhead to the quaint, picturesque houses lining the narrow streets.
Written January 10, 2024
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Ian P
United Kingdom139 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The lesser town is a lovely place to escape the crowds in old town, with lots of nice restaurants. You can easily walk upto the castle and the tower
Written December 9, 2023
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Epic Traveller
Derby, UK940 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Lovely so many nice places to eat and dronk amd see you find this by crossing charles bridge its very picturesque and worth a visit
Written November 21, 2023
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Rieaz-H
8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Castles, bridge and this place the most frequented trio for all the tourists. It is not excitingly inviting.
Written November 1, 2023
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Sandra D
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lesser town is a good piece of history in Prague the capital city so we like it very much and have a cake in the hause
Written November 1, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,419 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Mala Strana(or Lesser Town) is a historic and quaint neighborhood in Prague just over the Charles Bridge and below Prague Castle. Our wonderful Hotel Pod Vezi was located here, and we got to experience the terrific ambience of the neighborhood quite a bit. It is a perfect location to stay when visiting the city. There is nothing "Lesser" about it and it is every much as charming as Old Town but with a lot less people. Highlights of the area include St Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town Tower Bridge and Neurodova Street that leads up to the Castle. However, it is also filled with shops, cafes, and some excellent restaurants with many serving traditional Czech food and beer at reasonable prices. U Tri Jelinku was our favorite. The best part of staying here was returning each night across the Charles Bridge. The view of the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, St Nicolas Church and Prague Castle all illuminated was pretty magical.
Written October 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK132 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
This part of the city is really magical. I think it is my favourite part of the city to walk through (and Prague is most probably my favourite city in Europe). The buildings are all picturesque, lined with red roofs. I could spend hours exploring here. Magic.
Written September 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,007 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
There is so much to see on this side of the city, so be sure to take time over here when you are visiting the Prague Castle. We liked this side of the city even more than the city center. It felt a bit less crowded and a bit more at ease. There are many different parks and exhibits to see which will strike your fancy. Plenty of churches, historical buildings and pubs for you to spend at least a full day in this section of town. You should get a tour of it with a guide and then do some wondering on your own.
Written September 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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