Mala Strana

Prague
Mala Strana showing landscape views and a city

This handsome, historical neighborhood, filled with charming cobbled streets, cute courtyards, interesting museums and parks, is perfect for aimless wandering.

While most tourists dedicate the vast majority of their time to Prague’s Stare Mesto (Old Town), those who do hop over the river to Mala Strana (Lesser Town) won’t be disappointed by what they find. Explore one of Prague’s most picturesque and romantic neighborhoods, where Baroque buildings line the cobbled streets and beautifully manicured parks and gardens welcome those who want to rest amid greenery.

Mala Strana was a neighborhood that sprung up in the shadow of Prague's Castle, housing wealthy citizens who would have worked in the city’s administration. Wander around the district and admire the impressive residences, many of which have been converted into shops, restaurants and commercial enterprises.

Head for Lesser Town Square, the central square in the neighborhood and a busy transportation hub. Dominating the square is Mala Strana’s most recognizable landmark: the Church of St. Nicholas. This Baroque church has hosted performances by famous composers including Mozart and Bach and its green dome is an iconic feature of the Prague skyline.

In addition to historic architecture, Mala Strana also contains several interesting museums. Examine equipment from Soviet-era laboratories at the KGB Museum, survey contemporary pieces at Museum Kampa and inspect rare musical instruments at the Czech Museum of Music, housed inside a former Baroque church. The Franz Kafka Museum, devoted to the great Czech author, is also found in this neighborhood and features valuable first editions, manuscripts, letters and more.

When you need a break from the city surroundings, venture to one of the district’s many leafy parks and gardens. Look for peacocks strutting around the manicured Wallenstein Gardens, the grounds of a 17th-century palace, or walk around the intimate UNESCO-listed Vrtba Garden. The riverside Kampa Park, meanwhile, hosts some of artist David Černý’s Babies, a series of sculptures depicting oversized crawling infants.

Shop for souvenirs and artisan handicrafts on Mostecká Street. This lively stretch is lined with boutiques selling everything from glassware and artworks to skincare products.

Mala Strana is located on the west bank of the Vltava River. To get here, walk across the Charles Bridge on foot or take the metro to Malostranská station.


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Hotel U Krize
Hotel U Krize
3 out of 5
Ujezd 20, Prague
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The price is ¥5,145 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Prague 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petrin Hill and Prague National Theatre. Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are also within 1 mi ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (163 reviews)
"Great communication from hotel regarding booking"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

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Lindner Hotel Prague Castle
Lindner Hotel Prague Castle
4.5 out of 5
Strahovska 128, Prague
The price is ¥6,824 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Strahov Monastery, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Charles Bridge and Prague Astronomical ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Truly EXCEPTIONAL!! We have stayed here several times for the last seven years. The quality has consistently been excellent. Hotel and staff are always first class. Hotel is near the Prague castle in a quiet area surrounded by trees and garden. Excellent restaurant and fitness and sauna are also ..."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

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MOOo by the Castle
MOOo by the Castle
4 out of 5
Jansky vrsek 8, Prague
The price is ¥9,693 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in Prague 1, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Charles Bridge and Prague Astronomical Clock are also ...
5/5 Exceptional! (142 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

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Hotel Roma Prague
Hotel Roma Prague
4 out of 5
Újezd 425/24, Praha 1-Malá Strana, Prague
The price is ¥9,192 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Petrin Hill and Prague National Theatre. Charles Bridge and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (994 reviews)
"The staff were very pleasant. We were moved to their sister hotel Michelangelo Grand Hotel at the Hotel Roma's request as they are closed because of the current COVID-19 economy. They gave us a suite which seemed like an upgrade from the Superior Double Room I had chosen. The location was excellent, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

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Archibald At the Charles Bridge
Archibald At the Charles Bridge
4 out of 5
Na Kampe 15, Prague
The price is ¥6,167 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Prague 1, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kampa and Charles Bridge. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (973 reviews)
"I only stayed 1 night at this property but I am so glad I did. Simple room, comfy bed, more like a comfortable room in a friends home! The location is excellent and as a single woman, I felt very safe there. Just a short walk to shops, restaurants and the St Charles Bridge. Friendly staff as ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

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Waldstein Hotel
Waldstein Hotel
4 out of 5
Valdštejnské námestí 19/6, Prague
The price is ¥6,827 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Prague 1, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lesser Town Square and Charles Bridge. Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"The only thing i regret is the no elevator and or not help carrying the luggage to the room on the 3rd floor But the room was amazing, clean, and spacious"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

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