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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Prague holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mala strana and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Picturesque neighbourhood full of shops and pubs. Definitely worth a visit in the evening and linger in some typical local brewery
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  • We had the chance to reside in this neighborhood for a few days, the atmosphere is friendly and close to everything avoiding a little crowded world of city neighborhoods, many restaurants and bar are present.
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  • Allocate half a day to soak up the romance of this part of town... sit down for a meal... walk through the open markets, look at local artisanal work, and another sit down for great coffee and cake wh...  more »

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