Lesser Town from the Castle
The Lesser Town of Prague (Czech: Malá Strana) is the lower area next to the Castle district.
- Charles Bridge. The Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) connects the Old Town with Lesser Town. Commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and constructed between 1357 and 1402, it is one of the most interesting historical stone bridges in Europe. It is 516 meters long with 16 arches. Baroque statues (a total of 30) began to be placed here in the 17th century. The best time to visit the bridge is in the quiet morning or in the evening at sunset, when one can enjoy a view of the fully lit Prague Castle.
- Child Jesus of Prague. The famous statue of Child Jesus of Prague  can be seen in the Church of Our Lady Victorious of Discalced Carmelite Order in Karmelitská Street. This image of Christ, known also as the Holy Infant of Prague, is among the most widespread religious images in the world. The statue was brought from Spain in the 16th century and given to the Carmelites in 1628. It is 47 cm high and represents Jesus as a Child and King. The statue is carved out of wood and the surface is modeled in coloured wax. The entrance to the church is free of charge.
- Petrin Hill. Due to a housing crunch, most young Czechs don't move out of their parents' house until they marry (sometimes long after!). This lack of privacy leads to some very public displays of affection - what you see on the metro or trams won't compare to what you’re likely to encounter on Petrin Hill. This hillside slopes down from the Castle and Strahov Monastery to Mala Strana and Malostranske namesti metro station. It affords an amazing view of the city on a clear day, and in springtime the trees are all in bloom. This is possibly the nicest place to kick back with a bottle of wine and your significant other to watch the sun set over the city. Just be careful not to trip over the modesty-lacking couples who will probably already be there. In a city filled with apartment buildings and only a handful of single family houses (almost all in the diplomats' favored housing area, Dejvice, and priced far above the average Czech family's wage) parks take on a greater importance. Petrin has a miniature Eiffel Tower that offers a nice view over Prague and its suburbs. The most famous "inhabitant" of the park is a statue of poet Karel Hynek Macha, at whose feet lovers leave wreaths every spring in honour of his romantic poem Maj.
- Go up the Petrin Observation Tower for a worthwhile view over the city for 60 Kč (reductions 40 Kč).
- Watch the night sky with a big telescope from the Stefanik Observatory (40 Kč).
- Children of all ages like the distorting mirrors in the Mirror Maze on Petřín Hill.
- U Zavesenyho Kafe, Uvoz 6, Praha 1.  U Zavesenyho Kafe on Uvoz near Hradčany square is one of the very few restaurants in the tourist area of Prague with a quirky atmosphere that isn't excessively touristy. Offering food at reasonable prices and serving good, modest food. A great place to have lunch while exploring Hradčany and Petrin Park, it's conveniently located in the middle between these two tourist attractions.
- Restaurant U Zlatých nůžek, Na Kampě 6/494, Praha 1, tel. +420 257 530 473 . Open every day 11AM-11PM. Our stylish restaurant offers a wide selection of Czech and international cuisine including first-class Moravian wines. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of calmness in the centre of Prague with its beautiful view of the Charles Bridge and enjoy the garden in front of the hotel during the summer season (May-October). The restaurant is suitable for family gatherings, company events and wedding celebrations.
- El Centro, Maltézské Náměstí 9, Praha 1, tel. +42 0257 533 343, [email protected] . Open every day 12PM-12AM (Last orders at 11PM). An excellent little restaurant located near the Charles Bridge, but tucked behind a couple of other buildings. It's a typical Spanish restaurant, has a very friendly atmosphere, good prices and isn't crowded. Also, it doesn't have any hidden charges such as service taxes which are common in Prague. English menus and takeout available. Mains 90Kč-350Kč.
- Malostranska Pivnice, Cihelná 3, Praha 1.  Near the Charles Bridge. Traditional Czech cuisine. Sometimes you get a hand written bill with a service charge. Do not pay it. Tip only as much as you like.
- Bar Bar, Vsehrdova 17, . Arty place with reasonable prices and tasty crepes.
- Baráčnická Rychta, Tržiště 23/555, ☎ +420 257 532 461, . A classic pub near the sloppy streets leading to the Prague Castle. They serve an excellent Svijany beer and their Moravian Sparow, potatoe dumplings, spinach is famous throughout the city. (50°5'16.451N,14°24'0.788E)
- Česká hospoda, Malostranské náměstí 11 110 00 Praha 1, ☎ +420 603 780 265, . Excellent Czech food and beer, at reasonable prices. Very atmospheric location, mostly underground. Moderate.
- Peklo, Strahovské nádvoří 1/132 Praha 1 - Hradčany 11800, ☎ + 420 220516652, . 1200-2300. Restaurant set in the vaulted wine cellars of the monastery. Peklo means Hell.
- U Glaubiců, Malostranské náměstí 5, Prague 1, tel: +420 257 532 027,  Classic Czech pub, serving some of the best and cheapest beer in Malá Strana, normally one of the most expensive areas of the city.
- U Malého Glena, Karmelitská 23, Prague 1, tel: +420 257 531 717 . American-owned bar with live jazz downstairs nightly. See video of this bar.
- Dobrá trafika, Újezd 37, Prague 1, tel: +420 732 852 364 . Cosy cafe near Kampa with nice atmosphere, small garden and variety of small snacks and hot drinks. The cafe is located behind a newsstand (in Czech - trafika).
- Cafe Club Ujezd, . Kind of an odd bar in Mala Strana. Interesting art on the walls and ceilings. Even more interesting clientele. Cheap beer and a great place for groups.
- The Castle Steps . Nerudova 7, Mala Strana, Prague 1; tel. +420 257 216 337; [email protected]; Reviews describe these rooms and apartments as excellent accommodation for the price. The Castle Steps accommodation is right at the foot of Prague Castle, very close to the city center and five minutes from the tram stop. Prices for two people range from €68 per night in summer and €46 per night in winter for the smallest rooms to €170 per night in summer and €114 per night in winter for a luxury self contained apartment. Most rooms have antique furniture and oil paintings. This is the real Prague at great value.
- Hotel Sax is a 4 star vintage design hotel in Prague Mala Strana (Lesser Town), next to Prague Castle and Saint Nicholas Church, and close to Charles Bridge and all major tourist attractions. You will appreciate the family atmosphere of the hotel as well as the romantic and quite little streets and ancient palaces. Hotel Sax is the ideal place for tourists as well as business travelers. Do you admire the design of the 1970s, or would you rather surround yourself with the furniture of the 1950s or 1960s? Every room or suite has an original appearance. For more information please visit Hotel Sax's official website.
- Nerudova Apartment House Nerudova 40, Prague 1, tel. +420 224 990 900, [email protected] . House is located in Nerudova Street, leading up from the Little Quarter Square to the Prague Castle. All apartments are fully furnished in standard way. A spacious living room includes a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette. Maid service twice per week. Prices vary according to the season and type of apartment, from 50€ for one bedroom apartment to 150€ for large three bedroom apartment.
- Pension Dietzenhofer Nosticova 2, (tram 12, stop Malostranske Namesti), [email protected] . The main house is a cute green building dating from 1572. Rooms and suites there start from 1500 kc for a single. The flat, which sleeps up to 4, is a great value for backpackers at 1800 kc/night. It has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and is located on Karmelitska, a main thoroughfare in Lesser Town.
- Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa, Tržiště 19, Prague 1, tel: +420 257 286 007 . Very luxurious, and rather expensive hotel located across the street from the U.S. Embassy.
- Mandarin Oriental Prague, Nebovidská 1, Prague 1, tel: +420 233 088 888 . Part of the Mandarin Oriental chain. Very expensive, but considered by many travelers and locals to be the best hotel in Prague.
- Best Western Hotel Kampa, Všehrdova 16, Prague 1, ☎ +420 257 404 444 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00PM. Authentically decorated hotel in the historical centre of Prague evokes the splendour of the 17th century and welcomes its guests with wonderful internal architecture and pleasant hotel comfort. Lesser Town, Charles Bridge and the National Theatre, all in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, create a unique setting for visitors.
- Grand Hotel Praha, Saroměstské náměstí 22, Prague 1 (Old Town Square), ☎ +420 606 600 583, . Luxury hotel in a historical building in Prague center, directly opposite the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Square.
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