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Mala Strana, Prague

Malá Strana (also known as Lesser Town), can be found at the foot of Castle Hill and has wonderful views across the Vltava river to the old town. Many of its original buildings – which were once privately-owned homes, have now been turned into restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops and even embassies.

The sloping, picturesque, narrow streets and the attractively decorated facades of the buildings make this a delightfully peaceful area to stroll through without all the hustle and bustle of similar streets found in the Old Town.

Malá Strana really does has something of interest for every traveller. For fans of the Beatles, why not write a message on the John Lennon Wall? Alternatively, visit the Malá Strana Square (which used to be the district’s market), the Church of St. Nicholas and the Franz Kafka Museum – which houses a number of first edition books, original letters, diaries and drawings created by Kafka, Petrin Hill and its tall tower. Or, take a stroll around the 17th century Wallenstein Gardens – with its ornamental pools, baroque statues and beautiful peacocks roaming freely around the gardens.