Prague, until around 1800, just consisted of 4 separate towns that had 4 town squares, which were all divided by defended walls. Every town had distinctive qualities, that originated from the personalities of the individuals who settled in them initially. These days, most of the charm of Prague endures within the unique spirit of all of its’ towns.
Browsing: Malá Strana
It may be translated as the ‘Lesser Town’ in English, but don’t be fooled – Malá Strana is one Prague’s foremost attractions. Formally established as a town in 1257, it grew rapidly during the reign of Charles IV, who enlarged it and built state-of-the-art fortifications. In the 16th century, the area rose from the ashes of two great fires to become one of Europe’s great cultural centres, with a plethora of noble residents moving in and a wealth of magnificent Baroque churches being built in the neighbourhood – the highlight of which is the spectacular St. Nicholas Church, built by three generations of the Dientzenhofer family.
There is a large choice of accommodation in Prague, from intimate, romantic hotels based in historical town houses, to international luxurious chain hotels, such as the Ibis, Hilton and Crown Plaza. There are also B&B’s and budget hostels, as well as smaller boutique hotels. Furthermore, a new trend has emerged of renting a Prague apartment for a short term period, which is particularly popular among bigger groups who prefer more self catering and privacy.
The Little Quarter (Mala Strana), originally called the New Town of Prague and later on called The Minor Town of Prague, was founded by the king Pfemysl Otakar II, in the year 1257. However, as early as in the 8th century, there was a market settlement here.