Mala Strana Walking Tour, Prague

Malá Strana ("Little Quarter") is a district in Prague, one of the most historically significant in the city. Back in the Middle Ages, it was predominantly populated by ethnic Germans and, in later years, largely retained Germanic influence, despite prevalence of the Baroque style in architecture. The most prominent landmark of Malá Strana is the Wallenstein Palace. There are also a number of interesting churches, including St. Nicholas's Cathedral. Other local attractions include the Franz Kafka Museum, the Michna Palace, and the Petřín Tower renowned for its resemblance with the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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Mala Strana Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Mala Strana Walking Tour
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague (See other walking tours in Prague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: vickyc
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Wallenstein Palace Gardens

1) Wallenstein Palace Gardens (must see)

The gardens of the great military commander of the Habsburgs are in Baroque style and are strictly ordered in geometric forms: circles, triangles, and squares. Designed in the 17th century, these gardens competed even with the ones in Prague Castle. You can almost feel you're in another world with splashing water, relaxing atmosphere and architectural and artistic delights.

It's easy to walk nearby and miss this vast garden space, which is enclosed by high walls, as you have to go...   view more
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Wallenstein Palace

2) Wallenstein Palace (must see)

The first baroque building in Prague, the Wallenstein Palace was commissioned by the 1st Count Wallenstein in the 17th century. The count was a vain man and he wanted his palace to rival Prague Castle; he had to raze over twenty houses to get enough land to install his palace and gardens.

The interior of the palace is richly decorated; the stuccowork depicts battle trophies, weapons and musical instruments. In the Audience Hall, a wonderful fresco depicts Vulcan at work over his forge and the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lesser Town Square

3) Lesser Town Square (must see)

Since the 10th century, Prague’s Lesser Town Square was an important marketplace and the center of activity on the left side of the river. Today it is filled with restaurants, old pubs, and small shops. It is worth a long visit to see the many remarkable buildings.

Here you will find the 14th century Old Town Hall where non-catholic nobles wrote “Ceste Konfese” demanding religious tolerance. The center of the square is taken by the impressive 18th century Baroque St Nicholas Church....   view more
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St. Nicholas Cathedral

4) St. Nicholas Cathedral (must see)

The Church of Saint Nicholas, also called the St. Nicholas Cathedral, is a Baroque church in Lesser Town, Prague. It was built between 1704-1755 on the site where formerly stood a Gothic church from the 13th century also dedicated to St Nicholas. It has been described as "the most impressive example of Prague Baroque" and "without doubt the greatest Baroque church in Prague and the Dientzenhofers' supreme achievement".

It was built by Christoph Dientzenhofer, later by...   view more
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Franz Kafka Museum

5) Franz Kafka Museum

Franz Kafka was one of the leading literature figures of the 20th century. In the Franz Kafka Museum visitors can find any of the writer's first edition books as well as manuscripts, diaries, correspondence and even drawings and photographs that weren't exhibited in the past. Tourist can enjoy also audiovisual multimedia and music specially made for the tour. The museum gives the opportunity to completely understand the great writer's reality.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday:...   view more
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Kampa Island

6) Kampa Island (must see)

A small island in Vltava river, Kampa Island offers many ways of spending free time: romantic walks, frisbee throwing, picnics, early morning dog walks... Therefore it is a place visited by all ages and groups, in which everyone can find what they need. The south part of the island is entirely an English-style park and the northern one – Baroque and Renaissance. The island is artificial, as it is separated from the city by a distributary channel called 'the devil's stream' that...   view more
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Kampa Park Restaurant

7) Kampa Park Restaurant

If you are looking for somewhere to have a fine meal in Prague, you couldn’t do better than to choose the Kampa Park Restaurant on Kampa Island. This is one of Prague’s most popular eating places, so it’s best to reserve a table.

The restaurant is well positioned, on the riverside not far from the Charles Bridge and has four dining areas to choose from: the main dining room with its arched windows and vaulted ceilings; the riverside terrace which is glass-covered and heated in winter....   view more
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Lennon Wall

8) Lennon Wall

The Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the then communist regime of Gustav Husak. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Grand Priory Palace

9) Grand Priory Palace

Grand Prior's Palace is situated in a very quite place. There is Grand Priory Square in front of it. The interior of the palace is in Baroque style with many baroque...   view more
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Nostitz Palace

10) Nostitz Palace

Nostitz Palace was built between 1662 and 1675. The residence of the noble family of Nostitz was there for centuries. It is situated in the historical center of Prague. There is a historic library in the palace with many unique books from the 13th to 19th centuries and also picture...   view more
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Maltese Square

11) Maltese Square

While you are exploring Prague’s Lesser Town take a little time to visit Maltese Square. At first sight it might not seem very much, but it is nevertheless steeped in history and legend and also has a number of charming cafés and pubs.

The square was named after the Knights of the Maltese Cross who built a monastery there in 1169, next to the church of Our Lady below the Chain. This church is the oldest in the Lesser Town and is named after the chain that was used to secure the church...   view more
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Church of Our Lady Victorious and of the Prague Infant Jesus

12) Church of Our Lady Victorious and of the Prague Infant Jesus (must see)

The Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, the "small side" of Prague is a Carmelite church and the home of the statue called the "Infant Jesus of Prague".

A chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built on this site in 1584. With the Battle of White Mountain, 8 November 1620, the Counter-Reformation signaled the re-Catholicisation of Prague. The church was given to the direction of the Carmelites in September 1624. The triumphalist altarpiece of Our Lady...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Michna Palace

13) Michna Palace

Michna Palace is built in the 16th and 17th century and it is one of the best palaces in Early Baroque style in Czech Republic. It has the fountain and atrium and is considered the most precious place in the Lesser Town near Famous Charles...   view more
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Mirror Maze

14) Mirror Maze (must see)

On Petrin Hill you will naturally come across a curious building. A replica of the Spicka gateway of the 10th-century Vysehrad Castle, it is the home of the Mirror Maze, which was introduced at the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891 and moved to Petrin Hill in 1892.

This is a really fun way to spend a couple of hours and it isn’t only reserved for children! First, you must make your way through the confusing labyrinth of the maze itself which comprises 31 ordinary mirrors. There were once 35...   view more
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Petrin Tower

15) Petrin Tower (must see)

No, you haven't had too much good Czech wine and you haven't been transported to Paris by magic! What you are seeing on top of Petrin Hill isn't the Eiffel Tower, but Petrin Tower – an excellent replica of the famous Parisian monument.

In 1889 the Club of Czech Tourists visited the World Exposition in Paris and fell in love with the newly built Eiffel Tower. Once back in Prague they pooled their money and grants from the Ministry of Culture and built their own Eiffel Tower in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Prague, Czech Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

Creating your own self-guided walk in Prague is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Stare Mesto Nightlife

Stare Mesto Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Stare Mesto Souvenir Shopping

Stare Mesto Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Prague without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Prague, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Hradcany Walk

Hradcany Walk

Hradčany, or the Castle District, is an area in Prague surrounding the Prague Castle. The latter is said to be the biggest castle in the world (measuring some 570 meters long and approximate 130 meters wide). Going back in history as far as the 9th century, the castle has been the seat of power for Bohemian kings, Holy Roman emperors, leaders of Czechoslovakia and is currently the official residence of the Czech Republic President. Located nearby is St Vitus' Cathedral, housing the Archbishop of Prague. Despite the presence of majestic, historic locations, Hradčany also has plenty of romantic and peaceful nooks and corners, complete with picturesque lookouts, much to the delight of numerous guests of the city and locals. Take this walk and explore some of these at your own pace!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Josefov Nightlife

Josefov Nightlife

Prague offers fascinating night entertainment. It has a lot of clubs and discos. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Prague in the following self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov Walking Tour

Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town, is completely surrounded by Prague Staré Město. Here you can find beautiful and historically important synagogues, as well as art galleries and museums. This tour will help you to explore the most interesting sites of the Jewish quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Nove Mesto Walking Tour

Nove Mesto Walking Tour

Nové Město (“New Town” in Czech) is a district in Prague, the youngest (est. 1348) and the largest (three times the size of the Old Town) of the five originally independent townships that form today's historic center of the Czech capital. The area bears great historic significance and is traditionally dense with tourists. Among the attractions found here are the Dancing House (named so for resembling a pair of dancers), Charles' Square (one of the largest squares in the world and once the largest town square in medieval Europe), Antonín Dvořák Museum (paying tribute to the famous Czech composer), and numerous churches and cathedrals. No trip to Prague is complete without a visit to Nové Město!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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