Although some of the most “interesting” sights are in Old Town (mummified forearms, anyone?), when you think of Prague, what do you think of? Most likely, Charles Bridge.
And probably at least the name Mala Strana.
Truth is, I rarely go to either of them unless I need to spoil my pup with something from this fine establishment. They are usually crowded and if you aren’t in the right mindset you could find yourself grumbling “this is my home, not a tourist attraction” as you try to push your way through. (If you’ve ever tried to buy produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle you may have had this urge…)
But where else can you find the Dark Knight just chillin’ amongst saints?
Just kidding. That’s not really him. But I giggle inside every time I see it.
And as should be expected in Prague, there are some darn pretty buildings in Mala Strana.
But this isn’t just a place to pass through between Old Town and Prague Castle. There are actually a number of cool things to see including the Infant Jesus of Prague (check out the church museum where his outfits from all over the world are displayed); the Czech Museum of Music (which I still need to visit, but I promise it is on my list); and the Hunger Wall (which I also still need to see–gah!). You can also grab a bite and stare at the beautiful Neo-Renaissance ceiling at Cafe Savoy. (This one I have done.)
The reality is that you are unlikely to spend much of your time (on vacation or otherwise) in these two areas. But that doesn’t mean you should skip them. So it is convenient that they link Old Town to Prague Castle, meaning that even on a whirlwind tour you are bound to join the hoards who came to Prague just to see them.
As you can see, these were taken in the off season so there weren’t that many people.
And, of course, don’t forget to stop at the statute of St. John of Nepomuk and touch the falling priest for good luck and to ensure your return to Prague.
Full disclosure: That first picture is not mine. Although I’m certain that I have taken dozens of pictures of the Charles Bridge since we arrived here I couldn’t find a single one worth leading with so I had to find someone else’s.
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