P5 - The Old Town & The Lesser Town



Tour duration: 3.5-5 hours according to your choice of sights  

The Old Town is located on the right bank of the Vltava River and it is connected to the Lesser Town at the opposite bank by the famous Charles Bridge. Originally a royal town, it developed and changed as time and époques passed by, putting on different “costumes”. Taking a walk through the Old Town nowadays is like browsing a book of Europe´s architectural styles and watching them on display right in front of our eyes. This can´t be said about any other place I know. At night, the Old Town Square, the main square of the district, transforms into a mysterious, fairy-tale place. The monuments of former Jewish Town are also found in this area. The Jews used to live here in relative peace with their Christian neighbours for more than seven centuries.

Malá Strana or the Lesser Town district is the second oldest one in Prague. It had been a gradually growing town on the foothill of the Prague Castle, on the left bank of the Vltava River, until a terrible fire burnt it down in 1541. After this catastrophe the entire royal town of Malá Strana had to be rebuilt from scratch again – and this is how the jewel of Baroque architecture, today´s Malá Strana, came into existence. Nowadays, we are proud of the exquisite Baroque palaces surrounded by historic gardens. This typical Baroque landscape is the key element of the extraordinary beauty of this district. Many of them became the seats of Embassies (e.g. the US embassy, the British Embassy). Two Lesser Town churches are especially famous for their Baroque style and decorations: Saint Nicolas Church represents an icon of the so called Dynamic Baroque, as well as the Church of Our Lady the Victorious. The latter houses a miraculous statuette of the Baby Jesus of Prague. Hidden corners of Lesser Town invite to romantic walks, one of them will lead us to Kampa Island with its charming millwheels. Or we can take a walk in the area near the so called Devil´s stream (Čertovka). This area is also known as the Prague Venice – little ships can enter into it and approach the former mill´s wheel. From Kampa you can take a staircase to one of the most emblematic sights of the city – The Charles Bridge.

Within the framework of this tour, accompanied by our guide, you can choose to visit the following sights:
  • Cruise on a boat – We will get on a boat and watch the beautiful Prague panorama from the Vltava River. How many of Prague´s spires would you be able to see from the board of the boat? Let´s count them together! On board of an old boat replica, we will sail by the Charles Bridge and on the Devil´s stream, entering the so called Prague Venice and approaching the Grand Prior Mill. Refreshments are served on the boat, the cruise with English guide commentary takes approximately 50 minutes.
  • Saint Nicolas Church – One of the most representative churches in the Czech Republic, an icon of Dynamic Baroque. The church interior is richly decorated by frescos and statues. It houses an interesting selection of paintings by Karel Škréta, an important Czech baroque painter, and also an impressive baroque organ. You can climb up the Baroque balcony and have a close look at the largest European fresco (the apotheosis of Saint Nicolas).
 






 
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