Prague Travel Guide


About Prague - Lesser Quarter

Lesser Quarter (in Czech: Malá Strana) is nested between the Prague Castle Area and the river Vltava on its right bank. This Baroque quarter offers picturesque walking in the narrow streets, but most tourists limit their visit of the Lesser Quarter to Mostecká and Nerudova street when climbing up from Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle (both streets are part of the Royal Way (or King's Route, in Czech: Královská cesta).

Former market settlement below the Prague Castle gained a privilege of ton in 1257. Parts of the fortification built by Charles IV (and called Hunger Wall) are still visible on the Petřín hill. There are several Baroque buildings in the area (or some buildings that have Baroque facelift only). Most of Czech government offices are located here, including

Czech Parliament

(Chamber of Deputies and Senate) or several ministeries.

Do not miss in the Lesser Quarter

The most crowded areas are the Mostecká and Nerudova streets with lots of tourist stepping up on their "Royal Way" to the Castle. In Nerudova, there are several architecturally important houses. Baroque St Nicholas Church by Father and Son Dientzenhofer is the dominant of the Lesser Quarter.

There are several gardens and park including Kampa park (with the nearby "John Lennon wall" and several palaces, for example Wallenstein Palace or Nosticz Palace.

Part of the Lesser Quarter id the Petřín Hill with its funicular, observatory, Petřín Tower or The Maze.