Timings : Always open to visit
Time Required : Preferably day hours so that all the main attractions are open to visit
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Beginning with Charles bridge and clustered amidst the foothills of the Prague Castle, the river, and the neighbouring hills, Malá Strana or Lesser Town Prague is a district in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. With tight corners and narrow streets paved in cobblestone, walking in the Lesser Town Prague emanates the feeling like one is strolling down the streets of medieval Prague.
Founded in 1257, this town was initially known as the ‘New Town beneath the Prague Castle’. Though this name was later changed to what it is called now - Lesser Town Prague when Charles IV established the New Town of Prague in 1348. This picturesque town is further known by various other names such as ‘Little Quarter’, ‘Lesser Quarter’, and ‘Lesser Side’. This town offers its visitors a relatively quieter area to stay in as opposed to the ever-crowded Old Town.
Also, this town houses a large number of tourist attractions such as museums, galleries, restaurants, traditional Czech pubs, churches, and hotels with ancient buildings. One can also expect to enjoy some splendid views of the river, and the quaint architecture of the buildings in the town makes it the perfect spot for movie and commercial shootings.
While the history of this town can be traced well back than Baroque era, the renovation of the town post the devastating fires that took place here in 1541 ensured that Malá Strana did not lose its charm. With several churches and palaces designed in the beautiful Baroque style, the locals have come to call Lesser Town Prague as ‘Baroque Pearl of Prague’. Therefore, this lesser known town with its grand Baroque style museums, churches, and streets continue to be aesthetically pleasing sites that are greatly admired by the locals and visitors alike.
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