Lesser Town

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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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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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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,380 contributions
Hidden Gems
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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You Only Live Once
High Wycombe, UK391 contributions
Lesser Town, Prague
Oct 2021
We encountered Lesser Town whilst on a walking tour of Prague. It's pretty and steeped in history, but to get around it you will need strong legs and be prepared for lots of walking.
Written October 12, 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,614 contributions
A live stream guided tour of Neruda Street
Sep 2021
I did a guided live-stream tour with Mark from Heygo. He led a marvellous one hour tour on the architecture and symbolism of the lovely houses/mansions along Neruda Street in Lesser Town. He explained that in olden times, it was usual to distinguish buildings with house signs above the main door. Neruda Street offers plenty of fine examples of this. He pointed out a typical renaissance house with the Golden Chalice. The exteriors of these residences usually carry baroque era cartouches with symbols of animals, birds or religious emblems. These may allude, like this golden chalice, to the trade of the owner (in this case, a goldsmith), while others may indicate the name of a family or invoke a specific blessing or saint. House numbering is a relatively recent innovation in Prague.
Next door is Santini Prague, a hostel. Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel was a renowned Czech architect who became famous by Baroque gothic style. In 1705, he bought Valkounský house (no. 211) in Neruda street for 3000 gold coins in cash and rebuilt it to become Santini Prague of today. On the facade of house no. 210 are three violins. Three generations of the creators of this musical instrument lived here.
We also saw the House of the Two Suns where the Czech writer Jan Neruda spent his childhood years.
Jan Santini also designed two neighboring palaces: 1) Thun-Hohenstein with sculptures of two eagles spreading their wings – a symbol of the noble family of Kolovrat. The statues reflect the family's coat-of-arms which has a pair of eagles. It is now the Italian Embassy.
2) The Morzin Palace (No. 5): Ferdinand Maxmilián Brokoff decorated its façade above the entrances with two busts, which are allegories of day and night. Also prominent on the facade are two statues of Moors holding up a balcony. Morzin Palace is the Romanian Embassy today.
House no 34 is called At the Golden Horseshoe with a fresco of the Good King Wenceslas above the entrance. One can see the horse shoe on the front left hoof of his horse. At the Green Lobster no 43 is now Hotel Green Lobster.
The house At the Red Lion (no. 41) can be recognized by a red lion holding a golden cup in his fore paw. The house used to be the home of Petr Brandl, a famous Czech painter.
We also walked past Schwarzenberg Palace, a 16th century Renaissance palace, now an art museum.
The giant green dome looming over Lesser Town Square belongs to the wondrous St. Nicolas, one of the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Central Europe.
The guide in this live stream tour also allowed us to take many postcard shots. Highly recommended especially during this pandemic period.
Written September 17, 2021
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania21,555 contributions
Nice neighborhood
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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Aleks
Szczecin, Poland130 contributions
Pleasant stroll
Jul 2021
Lovely views and buildings to see around. A pleasant place to have a walk and see around the beautiful old area.
Written July 26, 2021
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,136 contributions
Lesser Town
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely neighborhood right under Petrin. Great views and spots to sit and relax. Beautiful houses and streets. Lots of shopping and restaurants around.
Written May 23, 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany777 contributions
Beautiful Part of Prague
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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Inspire587709
786 contributions
Mala Strana
Dec 2019
Mala Strana (Lesser Town) is below Prazsky Hrad (Prague Castle) and borders Vltava River. Explore palaces and gardens. Charles Bridge links Lesser Town and Old Town.
Written November 30, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Lovely walk
Dec 2019 • Solo
Visited this as part of a walking tour. There is so much to see with lots of nice architecture and beautiful spots and interesting monuments. Highly recommended.
Written November 28, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
My favorite corner of the world.
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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