The Lesser Quarter (or “Malá Strana” in Czech) is one of the most historic districts in all of Prague. Often called “Lesser Town”, the area’s name comes from its position on the west bank of the Vltava River, just below the Prague Castle and its grounds, and across the Charles Bridge from the larger New and Old Town areas.
Though the district is one of the oldest in Prague, Baroque architecture dominates the area due to fires destroying much of the original architecture in 1541. The area offers a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle across the bridge, with lots of picturesque alleyways and winding cobblestone streets.
Visitors to the area should be sure to check out Wallenstein Palace, a wonderful Baroque era building with five courtyards and a French-style garden. The palace currently houses the Czech Senate. Among the many churches in Malá Strana, St. Nicholas Church is perhaps the finest and most prominent with its wonderful apotheosis of St. Nicholas set in the dome of the church.
Any trip to Prague must include a stroll across the Charles Bridge to the quiet charm and beauty of the Lesser Quarter.