If you are a fan of history and architecture, then Prague's Mala Strana is the place to be. Mala Strana, or Lesser Town as it is known, with its picturesque lanes and magnificent buildings belongs among the oldest and most beautiful city parts in Prague. Most buildings date back to the Baroque period in this area and were built after a devastating fire in the 16th century that destroyed a large amount of original buildings. It's not by chance then that Lesser Town is called the Baroque Pearl of Prague. Even though Lesser Town is right in the city center, there are many winding narrow aisles that will take you to various hidden corners where you can enjoy peace and quiet and magical little architectural and garden details - and this is exactly what's unique about this part of the city. The area features such famous sights as Wallenstein Palace with its beautiful public gardens and the famous Charles Bridge, which connects Prague's Lesser Town to Old Town.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge, which connects the left and right embankments of the Vltava River, is the oldest bridge in Prague. Every day many tourists and locals cross and admire this gorgeous architectural gem. Charles IV lay the main stone of this bridge on July 9th 1357 at 5:31 a.m. on the recommendation of royal astronomers who felt the date and time were...

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Lesser Town Bridge Tower

On the western end of the Charles Bridge there are two towers – the older and smaller is the so-called Judith Tower, while the Lesser Town Bridge Tower that was built on the site of a Romanesque tower in 1464 presents the youngest part of the bridge. The Lesser Town Bridge Tower was completed under the reign of George of Poděbrady and its model was...

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St. Nicolas Church

The Church of St. Nicholas is one of the most distinct landmarks in the city and one of the most precious examples of Baroque architecture north of the Alps. Architect Christoph Dientzenhofer began work on the church in 1704 and his son Killian Ignaz Dientzenhofer and son-in-law Anselmo Lurago completed the construction in 1755. When looking at the...

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Lesser Town Square

Lesser Town Square is simply the pulsing heart of Lesser Town; every day it sees a large amount of people passing through it, either to work or to see Prague's monuments. Lesser Town Square is divided into a lower and upper part, with both parts separated by the Baroque church of St. Nicholas from the beginning of the 18th century; the church is th...

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Wallenstein Garden

A peaceful oasis in the middle of the busy city, Wallenstein Garden undoubtedly is among the most beautifully maintained Baroque gardens in Prague. Fans of architecture and sculpture will be delighted. Hidden in the heart of Lesser Town, Wallenstein Garden boasts a lot of greenery, sculpted hedges and Baroque statues representing heroes from Greek...

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Waldstein Riding School

The National Gallery Prague has been renting the Waldstein Riding School from the Senate Chancellery since 1996 and has held numerous successful international exhibitions over the years. The early Baroque Waldstein Riding School, located in the garden of the palace complex, was built by Albrecht von Waldstein according to architectural designs by t...

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Vrtba Garden

Vrtba Garden lies on Petřín Hill overlooking Lesser Town, offering a peaceful respite in the middle of the busy city. This Italian style terraced garden is one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Central Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will definitely find desired peace in the middle of the busy town. Vrtba Garden was buil...

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Kampa Museum

Located on the pretty strip of land that is known as Kampa Island is the superb Kampa Museum, home to one of the world's most comprehensive collections of the works of František Kupka. Kampa Museum houses a wonderful collection of modern works by Czech artists such as František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund, as well as plays host to intriguing modern an...

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Franz Kafka Museum

A long-term exhibition at the Franz Kafka Museum presents the life and work of the Prague native and world renowned writer of the 20th century. Franz Kafka was very critical of his own literary work and only a small part of his writing was actually published during his life. A major part of his work was published thanks to Kafka's friend and writer...

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Czech Museum of Music

A part of the National Museum permanent collections is also the Czech Museum of Music located in the former Baroque Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Malá Strana. The church was built in the 17th century according to the project of architect Francesco Caratti. Starting from 1783 it was rebuilt several times and served as a post office, police barrack...

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