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Lesser Quarter

On the left bank of the River Vltava, Prague's Malá Strana is one of its most historic and beautiful areas, dominated by Baroque buildings.

Nearby Attractions

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Church of St. Nicholas
The very best of Prague Baroque, in the heart of the city's Lesser Town.
Charles Bridge
This bridge connects the Lesser Town with the Old Town, and is the picturesque essence of Gothic Prague.
John Lennon Wall
Covered with Lennon-inspired graffiti, this wall has stood as a symbol of love, peace and hope even through the Communist regime.
Nerudova Street
Leading from the Lesser Town Square to Prague Castle, this street boasts many a lovely façade.
Mánes Bridge
The Vltava's ninth bridge connects the Rudolfinum with the Lesser Quarter, and embodies the spirit of Czech Modernism.
Cruise on the River Vltava
Enjoy the panoramic views of the City of a Thousand Spires. Admire Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Kampa Island and other highlights of Prague from the water on a popular Vltava River boat trip.

Related Tours

The Best of Prague Private Walking Tour
Explore the highlights of Prague in just half a day, with a private guide giving you the rich and complex history for which the city is known. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your private guide at the Old Town Square, stroll through Old Town, and see the medieval Astronomical Clock
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter’s highlights, including the famous Hebrew clock
  • Explore the gothic quarter, known as Lesser Town and Malá Strana
  • Learn about the architectural influences behind the iconic medieval Nerudova Street 
  • Finish your tour on Prague Castle’s grounds, where entry is free. 
  • For the morning tours, you will have the chance to the once-daily changing of the guard. 

See the heart of Prague, Old Town Square, where you will learn about the religious symbolism of the absolutely stunning medieval Astronomical Clock and its longstanding historical influences. Then, your guide will take you wandering through the Old Town, where you will be able to experience what ‘Old Prague’ must have been like 500 years ago. Be immersed in the layers of history and cultural influences that are around every corner. Your private guide will be more than happy to field any questions you may have on the history of this great city and the changes it saw, set in motion by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. 

Crossing over to the Lesser Quarter of Prague over the Vltava River, your guide will show you the Gothic masterpiece of the Charles Bridge, which dates back to the 14th century.  It was key in creating Prague’s New Town area, as it linked the established parts of Prague with new innovation and development. 

Looming above the Vltava's left bank, with its many beautiful fairytale-like spires and towers, the stunning Prague Castle is one of the most famous and imposing buildings in Europe. Within its walls lies a fascinating collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures. For those who book the morning tour, you will have the chance to see the daily changing of the guard, which happens at noon each day. 

The Prague Castle Private Tour (with tickets)
On your private Prague Castle tour, your guide will help you immerse yourself in the history of the fascinating city through the history of the castle. On this tour, you will:

  • Explore Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with tickets included and a private guide throughout your tour.
  • Learn about the Czech monarchy and the architecture, some parts which date back to the 9th century, when the castle was first founded. 
  • Explore St George’s Basilica and St Vitus Cathedral while learning about the history of Prague as the capital for Holy Roman emperors throughout the Middle Ages. 
  • Visit the famed chapel where Saint Wenceslaus’s tomb is. 
  • Stroll down idyllic Golden Lane, where you will get a sense of life behind the castle walls. 
  • Finish your tour outside the castle. If you wish to see the changing of the guard, please book the morning tour for the best chance to make this happen. 
Prague Castle looms above the Vltava River’s left bank and is adorned with many beautiful fairytale-like spires and towers. Within its walls lies a fascinating collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures. Prague Castle is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Czech Republic.

The castle has long been the seat of Czech monarchs, as well as the official residence of the head of state. Its construction has been on a monumental scale and is famed across Europe; with Prince Bořivoj founding a fortified settlement here in the 9th century. It grew sporadically as monarchs made their own additions to the castle complex. There have been four major reconstructions, from that of Prince Soběslav in the 12th century to a classical facelift under Empress Maria Theresa (r 1740–80). 

Your expert city guide will help you to unravel the fascinating history of this enigmatic building in the heart of Prague. The Castle also provides a breathtaking, royal view over Charles Bridge, the Vltava river and the rest of Prague. Exploring the Castle complex will help us to discover more about the fascinating life of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, and his contributions to his Empire. 
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