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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Neighbourhood: Malá Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighbourhood 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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Neil K
Liverpool, UK610,739 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Friends
Walking over the magnificent Charles Bridge which connects the Old Town to Lesser Town is something I love doing on any trip to Prague I take,also known as Mala Strana ,it's probably the oldest part of this fantastic Bohemian city .
The architecture in this beautiful district is jaw dropping,period buildings,ancient churches ,twisting cobblestoned streets packed with amazing pubs,bars and restaurants ,it's a great area to explore and get lost in ,I've been coming to Prague for close to 30 years and I still find new things to check out ,it's a wonderful,vibrant district to visit and most certainly well worth checking out if you're planning a trip to Prague.
Written 10 April 2022
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Heather1989
Nijmegen, The Netherlands73 contributions
Dec. 2021
Best to view at night. With all the beautiful lights out this are has such a romantic feel. Walking along the cobbled streets, lots of photo opportunities.
Written 29 December 2021
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Natalia P
3 contributions
Nov. 2021
I recommend to go there especially in the evening. Very picturesque, also lots of embassies are there, in the vicinity (just below) the Prague Castle.
Written 3 November 2021
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,481 contributions
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 15 October 2021
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You Only Live Once
High Wycombe, UK425 contributions
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 12 October 2021
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,016 contributions
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 17 September 2021
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania22,803 contributions
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 15 September 2021
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Aleks
Szczecin, Poland130 contributions
Jul. 2021
Lovely views and buildings to see around. A pleasant place to have a walk and see around the beautiful old area.
Written 26 July 2021
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,264 contributions
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 23 May 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany878 contributions
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 28 February 2021
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