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Lesser Town

St. Nicolas' Church (Chram Sv. Mikulase)

Prague 1, Malostranske nam.

This church, built in the period 1704-55, is the most significant historical structure of the so-called Prague Baroque. The architects were G. Santini, K. I. Dienzenhofer, and A. Lurago. W. A. Mozart played the organ here during his stay in Prague. The belfry offers a view of the Lesser Town and an exposition "Music of Prague Lofts is situated there."

Guided visits of the belfry are provided by the Prague Information Service

Opening hours:
The Church: daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Belfry: April - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Neruda Street (Nerudova ulice)

Once the main road leading to the Castle, this street is now named after the Czech poet Jan Neruda who lived in the house called "At Two Suns".

Church of Our Lady Victorious - Prague Child Jesus (Kostel Panny Marie Vitezne - Prazske Jezulatko)

Prague 1, Karmelitska 9

An early Baroque structure, built in 1611, and rebuilt in 1644, this church is famous for its wax effigy known as the Prague Child Jesus donated by Polyxena of Lobkovic and brought to Prague at the end of the 16th century.

Open daily:
Mondays - Saturdays 9.45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Lesser-Town Bridge Towers (Malostranske mostecke veze)

Of the two towers, the lower one is in Romanesque style and dates from the 12th century. It is a remnant of the older Judith Bridge. The higher tower is 200 years younger and was erected in the 15th century.

Open daily:
April - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Permanent exhibition:
From the history of Charles bridge.
Guided tours are organised by the Prague Information Service. During Summer a tourist information centre is opened here.

Vrtbovska Garden (Vrtbovska zahrada)

Prague 1, Karmelitska Street 18

This terrace Baroque garden is designed according to plans of the architect F. M. Kanka.It is remarkable for its statues by Matthias Braun.

Open daily:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (April - October)

Wallenstein Garden (Valdstejnska zahrada)
Prague 1, Letenska

Geometrically designed, this garden was created in 1623-29 and features an imposing salla terrena, small lake, a cave with artificial stalactites and stalagmites, and plenty of roses, rhododendrons, magnolias and Japan cherry trees. The statues are copies of originals by Adrian de Vries from 1626-27.

Open daily:
April - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wallenstein Palace (Valdstejnsky palac)
Prague 1, Valdstejnske namesti 3

A large palace area, the first monumental profane baroque building in Prague built for Albrecht of Wallenstein between 1623 and 1630. Today the palace houses the Senat of the Czech Republik.

Saturdays + Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Palace Gardens below the Prague Castle (Palacove zahrady pod Prazskym hradem)

Prague 1, Valdstejnske namesti 3

Ledebur Garden, Small and Great Palffy Gardens, Kolowrat and Small Fûrstenberk Gardens.The gardens are situated on the southern slopes below the Prague castle.In this place the ramparts were originally situated but at the beginning of the16th century this defensive system has lost its primary importance, the ramparts were then demolished and the plots were sold. Subsequently the vineyards and Renaissance gardens of the Italian style arose here.After the Swedish devastation in 1648 the gardens were renovated, the Renaissance sternness was replaced by the Baroque adaptation - the balustrade terraces with sculptures, the monumental staircases, the fountains and jets. There are beautiful views of Mala Strana (the Lesser Town) and city-panorama from the terraces.

Open daily:
April - October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Petrin Look-out Tower (Petrinska rozhledna)

Reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower (60 m high) built in 1891 on the occasion of the Jubilee Exhibition. 299 steps lead up to the top platform. In March 2002 the Tower was opened again to the public after a wide reconstruction.

Open daily:
April, September 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
May - August 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
October 10. a.m. - 6 p.m.
November, December Sundays + Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Petrin Labyrinth (Bludiste)
A maze of mirrors set up originally for the Jubilee Exhibition (1891) and featuring a diorama of "Battle of the Praguers with the Swedes in 1648 at the Charles Bridge".

April, September 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
May - August 10 a.m. - 10. p.m.
October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
November - March 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturdays + Sundays)

Guided tours are organised by the Prague Information Service.

Funicular (Lanova draha)
Ujezd - Nebozizek - Petrin

Scenic railroad, running daily
9 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. (April - October)
9 a.m. - 11.20 p.m. (November - March)

Charles Bridge (Karluv most)

Started in 1357 by Master Otto and completed by Petr Parler, this is the oldest bridge in Prague. The statues and the groups of statues are mostly from the 18th century. Best-known are works by Matthias Braun and Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokof. The bridge is 515 metres long and 10 metres wide.

An island under the Charles Bridge, giving a view of the river Vltava and the National Theatre. At one time famous for its potters' markets.

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