Lesser Town
Lesser Town
4.5
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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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The area
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.
How to get there
  • Lesser • 8 min walk
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  • Nate080411
    Nashua, New Hampshire1,017 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Minnesota5,349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Lindsay P
    Little Petherick, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lesser Town: a must see part of Prague
    This part of Prague is across the Charles Bridge. Full of quaint streets, beautiful houses and medieval charm. Take time to wander around finding hidden courtyards and bijou restaurants. Grab a pastry and relax by the river…
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 6, 2024
  • Ben F
    Bloomington, Indiana1,816 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Forget!
    West of the Vltava, you’ll find yourself in Mala Strana, a.k.a the Lesser Town. There’s so many GREATER things to do and see here, though…Petrin Park, Prague Castle, and St Vitus Cathedral to name a few. Strolling the historic streets could occupy you for hours on end. Don’t forget Vltava’s west while visiting Prague.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 11, 2024
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Brenda
Brighton, UK49 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So I was really looking forward to visiting this town before my visit and it safe to say I was more than let down. What is the actual point of coming here? when you have absolutely everything and more in the old town. Yes it’s nice to see the John Lennon wall but I could also see that in other areas of the city as it is just some graffiti which has been vandalised.

Didn’t even attempt to go up to the castle because what’s the point? i could save my energy and walk back over the bridge to the old town, which I later did.

I was really let down and I don’t understand the attraction one bit, however the mcdonald’s was good. l
Written February 2, 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
One of the old neighborhoods of Prague, located south of Prague Castle. Cobbled streets, old buildings, old breweries and restaurants, placed in cellars, Petrin Lookout tower, some old churches, including St. Nicholas Church (Kostel svatého Mikuláše). A nice, quiet neighborhood.
Written September 15, 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany1,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The other side of Prague is also beautiful. You find a lot of souvenir shops, bars, restaurants. There are also a lot of points of intrest. On this side there are for example the Kafka museum, the St. Nicholas Church (chrám svatého Mikuláše) and the narrowst street.
Written February 28, 2021
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Mala Strana is Prague's oldest neighborhood. Cobblestone streets, elegant palaces and hidden garden make this the city's most entrancing district. The Baroque St. Nicholas Church is one of the star attractions. This monumental Baroque Church with its dome and bell tower dominates the Prague skyline. Check out Kampa Museum of abstract art. Be sure to climb to the look out tower of Petrin Hill for a bird's eye view of the city. This neighborhood has a plethora of cafes and restaurant to refuel.
Written October 15, 2021
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Mala Strana is my favorite corner of the world.
It is the most charming and romantic part of Prague. I feel at home here, the moment I arrive !

Mala Strana is where I was born. I grew up here, in a house on the riverbank, near the Legii Bridge , the small islands on the river, with the National Theater right across. Near the Petrin and Kampa park, the beautiful churches big and small, near the noble Palaces surrounded by the beautiful Baroque gardens.

The small Squares , the busy Malostranske, and the almost serene Maltezske.
With charming cafes on every corner, the beautifully renovated restaurants tucked away in the centuries old buildings. The old pubs that the locals favor, and the elegant 5 stars restaurants with great views. The old monasteries converted into classy hotels, that we now favor.
The ride on the funicular we loved as children, to the Nebozizek stop, or all the way up, to climb to the top of Rozhledna and visit Bludiste.

The winding narrow streets with the cobblestone designs - wine glass in front of a bar, a row of crosses on the sidewalk in front of a church. The mosaic sidewalks add such richness and are a big part of Mala Strana charm.
The centuries old signs on the houses in Nerudova street are part of the history.
As much as a tiny flower shop on the corner that's been there forever, or the small gingerbread store.

I love to come back to the well kept parks, Kampa, Vojanovy Sady, that have not changed at all. The peacocks strutting their stuff, the swans on the river. The same wooden benches with hearts and initials carved into them late at night.

Certovka stream with the ancient rickety wheel, next to the Lennon Wall.
The beautiful overgrown horse - chestnut trees leaning toward the river on Shooters Island.

The fast moving, screeching red trams that always have the right of way ....
The Legii bridge to watch fireworks from on New Years Day...

Mala Strana is all that and more.
Mala Strana is the place I love, the place filled with wonderful memories, the place I always love to return to.

I am overjoyed every time I come back and sad to leave it all behind .
Till next time ....
Written September 27, 2020
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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One_Big_Hopping_Dot
Boston1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It holds some stories and you get to see actual local Czech people and their local stores, although it is still touristic route embedded. some small diners, and Grocery stores are just fascinating. Some of the stores and the remainders hint the old Communist time of 1989 or before, too.
Written January 4, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
West of the Vltava, you’ll find yourself in Mala Strana, a.k.a the Lesser Town. There’s so many GREATER things to do and see here, though…Petrin Park, Prague Castle, and St Vitus Cathedral to name a few. Strolling the historic streets could occupy you for hours on end. Don’t forget Vltava’s west while visiting Prague.
Written May 11, 2024
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We stayed in the Lesser Town and absolutely loved this section of Prague. The architecture is incredible, and everywhere you turn, there are palaces and beautiful things to see. Even if you are staying elsewhere, I highly recommend a walk across the bridge to wander around this are.
Written August 3, 2022
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