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Lesser Town, Prague

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Named after its "lesser" position on the left bank of the Vltava, Lesser Town 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 Lesser Town and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • compared to the other side of the Charles bridge, this is much quieter area. Historically significant and beautiful. Sits right bellow the Prague castle. Quite a hill to climb.  more »
  • In Czech called 'Mala Strana' this part of town on 'the other side of the river' is full of history. Just let yourself be carried around, and you'll find what you're looking for - or not!  more »
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