Exploring Prague’s Lesser Quarter

October 24, 2012 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions

Wallenstein Palace in Prague. Photo courtesy of Mike B in Colorado via Flickr.

Wallenstein Palace in Prague. Photo courtesy of Mike B in Colorado via Flickr.

The Lesser Quarter, or Malá Strana, is a section of Prague rich with history, looking up to the city’s famous castle west of the Charles Bridge and part of the King’s Route.

With its beautiful baroque era architecture, the Lesser Quarter has countless points of interest — including Wallenstein Palace which was completed for the legendary general of the Thirty Years War, Albrecht von Wallenstein. Be sure to explore the public gardens and limestone grotto on its grounds. Another gem from the time period is St Nicholas Church, decorated with gorgeous statues and paintings, includes an apotheosis of the church’s namesake set in its dome. Adjacent to the palace are the gardens of the same name. And, nearby (and up) is the Prague Palace.

Another spot worth visiting is a bit of a hike, but a “must” while spending time in the Lesser Quarter. Climbing up the 318-meter-high Petřín Hill is well worth it for the panoramic views of Prague, but visitors can also visit the Mirror Maze, the wooden Church of St Michael, a 60-meter replica of the Eiffel Tower and the Hunger Wall, which was built by the city’s poor in the 14th century in exchange for food.

-Diana Edelman

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