Malá Strana and Hradčany / by Martha Keyes

Old Town Prague is lovely and colorful and historic and...pretty crowded. If you cross Charles Bridge into Malá Strana, though, you'll find some real gems and likely be nearly alone. If I could go back and do my Prague stay over again, I would pick a hotel or apartment in Malá Strana.

I went exploring in this neighborhood three times because I couldn't get enough of it. It's hillier than Old Town, but that makes for some amazing and quaint streets, all close to Prague Castle and with views of the Vltava River and Old Town to boot! Rather than splitting up my posts from exploring Malá Strana and Hradčany, I've consolidated them to this one post. Some of these pictures are from Brandon's last day in Prague, but most are from times I went exploring all by myself!

We crossed over the bridge just south of Charles Bridge. This bridge is name Most Legií ("most" meaning "bridge"), which looked to me like "Most Legit," which it totally is. Great views of the castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town side of Prague.

We crossed over the bridge and explored a bit, stumbling upon one of Prague's MANY MANY churches. It is, after all, called the City of a Thousand Spires for a reason. We wanted to get warm, and I love seeing the interior of European churches, so it was a win-win for us.

Some pictures from Brandon's last night in Prague. Prague sent him out with a bang! It was an amazing sunset, but, man oh man, was it ever cold! Our fingers struggled to set up the tripod and press the camera buttons to capture the sunset, due to the wind and rain, but I'm glad we did it anyway!

Don't go to Prague without exploring Malá Strana! It was so enjoyable for me to walk around the streets on my own--turning up a street if I felt intrigued by it since I had no set aim to my walk. It's my favorite way to explore a city (except for the time I accidentally walked into a street of prostitutes in Paris doing this type of exploration...but that's a story for another day!)