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March 27, 2010

Prague Hotels, Lesser Town

Lesser Town in Prague is truly an architectural treasure chest. It was founded in 1257 on the slopes bellow the Prague castle and it is the part of Prague least affected by resent history. If you are looking for something medieval, this is the place to be. You will be surrounded by history, museums, theatres, high-class restaurants and fashion boutiques. You can find here a lot of nice and neat hotels. Everything is easily accessible by foot, though the centre is very well connected by trams and 3 subway lines. But parking might be difficult to find and a permit is required.

The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava River. The hotels in Lesser Town have their own atmosphere which is ensemble by this mythic place. You will have a wonderful view from each of them. Lesser Town located on the left river bank, with its unique architecture and antique cobblestone streets, unchanged for centuries, is home to lots of foreign embassies, gardens and best restaurants. What can you find here exactly?

Charles Bridge (Karluv most)

Named after the Emperor Charles IV in 19th century the Charles Bridge is Prague’s most familiar monument. Designed by Petr Parler, it was completed in 1400 and it connects the Lesser Town with the Old Town. Although it is now pedestrianised, it withstood wheeled traffic for 600 years. There are thirty statues on the bridge; many of them have been replaced with copies. Originals are kept in the Lapidarium of the National Museum and at Vysehrad. The magnificent Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower was designed by Petr Parler and built at the end of the 14th century. It is considered the finest Gothic tower in central Europe, mainly for its decoration. There are marvellous views of the Vltava River Valley. The Prague hotels with the view of the Charles Bridge are the bests. 

St Nicholas Church (Kostel sv. Mikulase)

St Nicholas Church is the dominant of the Lesser Town Square and one of central Europe’s finest baroque buildings. It was begun by Kristof Dientzenhofer, continued by his son Kilian and finished by Anselmo Lurago. The statues, frescoes and paintings inside the church are by leading artists of the day, such as Karel Skreta and Johann Kracker. 

Kampa Island (Kampa)

Known as the Venice of Prague, Kampa Island has been formed by a branch of the Vltava called the Devil’s Stream (Certovka). Originally there were only gardens on the island but it was also used for washing clothes and bleaching linen. In the 17th century the island became well known for its pottery markets. Today it is an elegant part of Prague with a village-like character. A lot of myths are narrated in Prague about this place. Make your holidays special and find yourself a cute Prague hotel in this area. 

Petrin Hill (Petrin)

With a height of 318 m the Petrin Hill is a network of eight parks offering magnificent panoramas of Prague. Most of the vineyards from the 12th century were transformed into gardens and orchards by the 18th century and today it is a great place for quiet walks easily accessible from Hradcany and Strahov or by funicular railway from Ujezd. Up the hill there is an observatory, the 60m high Observation Tower – an imitation of the Eifel Tower, the Hunger Wall that was built by the poor of the city in return for food in the 14th century, the Mirror Maze, the Church of St Lawrence and the wooden Church of St Michael. 

If you really want to enjoy your stay in Prague, relish the atmosphere of the historical centre of the town, you should look for a charming hotel in Prague´s Lesser Town.

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