Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter)

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Established in 1257, this is Prague's most perfectly formed—yet totally asymmetrical—neighborhood. Also known as "Little Town," it was home to the merchants and craftsmen who served the royal court. Though not nearly as confusing as the labyrinth that is Old Town, the streets in the Lesser Quarter can baffle, but they also bewitch, and today the area holds embassies, Czech government offices, historical attractions, and galleries mixed in with the usual glut of pubs, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Vrtbovská zahrada

An unobtrusive door on noisy Karmelitská hides the entranceway to a fascinating sanctuary with one of the best views of…

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Valdštejnska Zahrada

With its idiosyncratic high-walled gardens and superb, vaulted Renaissance sala terrena (room opening onto a garden), this palace displays superbly…

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Palácové zahrady pod Pražským hradem

A break in the houses along Valdštejnská ulice opens to a gate that leads to five beautifully manicured and terraced…

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