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Mala strana, Prague

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Named after its "lesser" position on the left bank of the Vltava, Mala strana sits on the slopes just below Prague's world-famous castle complex. Linked to the larger and busier neighborhoods on the other side of the river by a medieval bridge, this quarter dates back to the middle of the 13th century. For a good portion of its history, the area housed mostly German artisans and merchants, invited to live and work here by King Ottokar II of Bohemia, the quarter's original founder. Today, the atmospheric quarter serves as home to government offices and foreign embassies. Follow the signposted tourist trail to see the neighborhood's major attractions, including an imposing Baroque church and a 700-year-old beer bar. Mala strana is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Prague Edition.
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  • A nice district with good restaurants and great atmosphere. Easy to find a restaurant, that serve good food, so better to eat here in the center of the town.  more »
  • this area of the city is the oldest part of Prague. Not only very typical, but you can also find a catholic church. were you can see the Holy Infant of Prague, very famous & miraculous! In Mala Strana...  more »
  • My partner and I never like stopping in the busier parts of town on holiday, so we opted to book our hotel in Mala Strana, a decision we were ultimately very happy with. The hotel in question was Bout...  more »

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