The district of Mala Strana in Prague is a real discovery, since it is a piece of city next to the center that was once a suburb, located between the western bank of the Vltava river and the hill of Hrad. An area where historic buildings are preserved that is among the most elegant in the Czech capital.
Mala Strana, "the small part"
That "small part" is the translation of the name of this neighborhood. A small area where everything was built as a residential area in the 16th century after a fire.Mala Strana - unequaledimages
It was later rebuilt after the fights of the Thirty Years War, so it seems that time has stopped on horseback between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. That is to say, It is a haven of elegance and also some tranquility in some of its streets, since it is not the busiest place in Prague, a city always full of tourists.
The Charles Bridge
In fact, one of the most charismatic places in the city, the famous Charles Bridge belongs to this neighborhood. Obviously, when talking about a quiet area of Prague we do not refer to this place and its surroundings, since there are always people here day or night.Charles Bridge, Prague - Boris Stroujko
And no wonder, since The beauty of this bridge that joins both banks of the Vltava River is unquestionable. An attraction that increases when you know that this bridge has remained standing since the fourteenth century, although its characteristic sculptures are later, and of course they are one of the most typical images of the city.
The churches of Mala Strana
There are several temples of interest in the neighborhood, but we are going to talk about three of its most monumental churches: that of Sv. Josef, that of Sv. Tomas and that of Sv. Mikulas, the latter located at the end of Mosteka Street, which begins at the Charles Bridge itself. In this way, when crossing the river you can see a bell tower and a dome in the background, because there is this church.Church of St. Nicholas - Vladimir Sazonov
And as for those of San José and Santo Tomás, both are exceptional examples of Czech baroque architecture. However, We recommend making a stop between the two, at the historic U Tomase brewery (pivnice It's brewery in Czech). There, in the basement an exquisite black beer is made that also has to do with religion, it was already a foundation of the Augustinian monks in the fourteenth century.
This is one of the arteries of the neighborhood and one of its most beautiful and monumental roads in the city And from all over the country. In her the buildings are loaded with art, history and legends. Some true palaces of aristocratic airs, such as the palaces of Morzín or Thun Hohestein, and many more modest but also very attractive.Nerudova, Prague - Josef Hanus
For example, the house of the Three Little Violins, built in the 18th century and where you can taste the amazing red wine of Moravia. Or if one is wrong, You can enter the pharmacy of the Golden Lion, where an incredible nineteenth-century decoration is kept.
"The ancient splendor and beauty of Prague, an incomparable city, left an indelible impression on my imagination."
Two museums in Mala Strana
We will end up recommending two neighborhood museums. One of them Pedagogical Museum, dedicated to Comenius, an important reformer of education in Central Europe. And the other is named after the most universal Czech writer: Franz Kafka. The best place to know the life and work of this writer that one of two is venerated or hated.