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What you should know about Mala Strana (Lesser Town)

Sitting at the foot of Prague’s magnificent castle and across the Vlatva River from the Old Town, Prague’s Lesser Town (Mala Strana) couldn’t have a more misleading name. This is one of Prague’s most beautiful districts, known for its narrow cobbled streets and the many embassies located in the area. With a history dating back to the 13th century, its architecture is an impressive tapestry of different periods, from medieval buildings to Baroque churches. With tiny shops and ancient stone cellars now housing bars and restaurants, Mala Strana's winding alleys are full of charming surprises.

Hotels in Mala Strana

There's a good mix of accommodation in Mala Strana, including budget hostels, comfortable self-catering apartments, and hotels that range from affordable to luxurious. Many hotels in Mala Strana are housed in beautiful historic buildings, with their architecture a visitor attraction in itself. Guests at the 4-star Archibald at the Charles Bridge, for example, can dine in style under the stone arches of the hotel’s restaurant. Those looking to go even more upmarket should check out 5-star Mala Strana hotels like the unique, music-themed Aria Hotel, while travelers seeking budget accommodation in Lesser Town will find a comfortable bed at Little Quarter Hostel and Hotel.

Things to see in Mala Strana

You'll find beautiful buildings everywhere you look in Mala Strana, but St. Nicholas Church stands out as a particularly stunning landmark. This Baroque church was finished in 1755 and is famed for its steep domes and ornate interior, which boasts stunning ceiling frescoes and an organ once played by Mozart. For a glimpse of one of Prague's most prized attractions, head to the nearby Church of Our Lady Victorious to view the Infant Jesus of Prague. Housed within an immense golden altar, this seemingly innocuous small wooden statue attracts pilgrims from all over the world. When you’ve worked up an appetite, descend into the candlelit stone cellars of an underground restaurant like Restaurace U Maltezskych Rytiru, which serves a mixture of Czech and international cuisine. Round out the day by climbing Petrin Hill at sunset and settle down with a blanket for a stunning view of Prague by night.

Good for history buffs

Very central, but quieter than the more tourist-oriented Old Town and New Town districts, Mala Strana’s great location and peaceful atmosphere make it ideal for a tranquil Prague vacation. History lovers will revel in the intricate details of Mala Strana's architecture, from the remnants of the medieval “Hunger Wall” to the carved stone gargoyles adorning the Baroque churches. Hotels, restaurants, and shops are housed in buildings that retain the stone arches and cellars of centuries gone by, and as evening falls, the narrow, lamplit cobbled streets recreate the bewitching atmosphere of medieval Prague.

How to get to Mala Strana

If you're traveling to Prague by air, a car from Vaclav Havel Airport to your Mala Strana accommodation will take about 25 minutes. Using public transportation, take the 119 bus to Nadrazi Veleslavin, then hop on the metro (Line A) to Malostranska, the station at Mala Strana’s main square. The area itself is very compact and ideal for walking, while Prague’s efficient tram network has several stops in the district. A scenic funicular railway also generally runs from Ujezd in Mala Strana to Petrin Hill, and is well worth trying out.

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