Mala Strana
About Prague's Lesser Town

Mala Strana is known as Prague's Little Quarter or Lesser Town. This is the small area snuggled between Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.

This area is filled with a variety of attractions all its own.

Sadly, most visitors miss this wonderful area and alluring streets and details.

Please step off the beaten-path and explore this charming area. It's far less crowded than Old Town and there is plenty to experience here

Mala Strana is oozing with cool places... churches,  fantastic gardens, stoic embassies, museums, cute shops and wonderful selection of hotels and apartments.

This page previews some of our recommended highlights.

The Dominant Feature

The most notable building below the castle is the Church of St. Nicholas. It's the landmark green dome that you see in so many photos.

We consider this church a "must-see."

It's possibly the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague.

And, it also makes for a perfect place to rest for a moment. Since the church is located right between the castle and Charles Bridge.

You have to buy a ticket to enter, but it's cheap and well worth it.

You can also visit the church's bell tower at the side entrance. The tower once served as a hideout for the secret police to gaze on unsuspecting citizens. Entrance to the tower has a separate fee and there's no elevator - but we highly recommend it!

Only in Prague

Of all Prague attractions, this one might be one of the most curious.

The Church of Our Lady of Victory houses the Infant Jesus of Prague (Milostné Pražské Jezulátko).

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a pilgrimmage site for many Catholics.

People come from around the world to receive blessings and submit prayers to this little wooden statue of Jesus.

The statue is housed in a huge golden side altar. He is looked after methodically by the Carmelite sisters of the Child Jesus. They change his robes according to church calendar.

It's free to enter the church and visit the statue. There's a small gift shop behind the main altar and church services are offered in a variety of languages.

Relax on Kampa Island

Kampa Island is a small strip of land bordered by the Vltava River and a small canal. It has a lot to offer... benches, mill wheels, picnic spots and the contemporary Kampa Art Museum.

Read more about Kampa Island

Gardens in Mala Strana

We can't say enough about the three main gardens in Mala Strana.

We are always searching for the right adjective. Let's just say you won't find these in your neighborhood... Baroque, hidden, impressive, awesome...

The two free ones are Wallenstein Garden and Vojonavy Sady.

The pay-to-enter garden is Vrtbovska Garden. It's a classic Baroque garden with incredible views. Just sit here and take it all in.

We've put together a one page overview of Lesser Town with map that you can download here.

It covers a few things to do as well as good dining options, sights to see and a look at public transportation through this area.

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