Czech Republic 2021's Covid-Safe City!

Covid-19 has slowed down travel massively and the tourism industry has been damaged. However, it is never beyond repair. Czech Republic has been named 2021's Covid-safe location, along with Madeira and more, but today, we will take a good look into this Central European city, with gothic architecture and an abundance of friendly people. Let's begin on the riverfront. Across the river and Latva from the Old Town in Prague is a district of Ella Strana, the word in Czech means "small town", but there is nothing small in this wonderful part of Prague. This district is located on a hill overlooking the city and is a quiet and powerful sentry. The Prague Castle complex is the main attraction of the district, but by no means is it the only one.

Prague old town

A district of Ella Stern in Prague

The winding and cobbled side streets of Mala Strana are steeped in romantic architecture from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. Charming pastel-colored buildings, ornate palaces and gardens showcase its rich history, and the ancient pubs, traditional restaurants and luxury hotels make it a great location for tourists. Whether you are buying one-of-a-kind glassware or a romantic getaway with your spouse, Male Sterna has a lot to offer year-round. Spend your days touring historical attractions and your nights drinking beers in pubs. Do whatever you want because in Male Strana there are countless attractions, shops and restaurants to choose from. Mala Strana is one of the most legendary neighborhoods in the city. Here you will find a number of hidden tourist gems if you devote enough time to it. If you are in the city for a limited time or want to know what is beyond the Charles Bridge, we are here with a guide to all the things to do.

Walk along the Charles Bridge

A visit to the Charles Bridge is usually at the top of the must-do list in Prague. If you are coming from the Old Town of Prague, you can visit the Charles Bridge to get to the "small town" in Prague which is across the river. The bridge, built in 1357 in the heart of the medieval period, is ancient but not really boring. And no, not just because of the stalls and street artists that fill it. The bridge features 30 statues of saints who have worshiped them over the years, so it is a true history in tiny Anpin. As it is one of the most iconic attractions in Prague, the bridge is considered to be particularly touristy. Unless you arrive early in the morning or late at night, expect to be surrounded by a lot of tourists like you. Two towers at the end of the bridge serve as a gateway to the "small town." Although the smaller Romanesque tower was closed, the tall Gothic tower is accessible to the public for a nominal fee. If you have time, climb the tower to get an amazing view of the city. At the time of writing, entry costs 110 Czech crowns.  

river in prague

Spend a day at Prague Castle

Prague Castle, which towers over the "small city", is the largest medieval complex in the world. The castle, built in 870, consists of Gothic churches, baroque halls, ornate palaces and lush gardens and was once home to the kings of Bohemia and the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. Today it is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic and is visited by millions of tourists all over the world. We recommend spending at least half a day exploring all that the place has to offer. Although the actual monuments do not open until 9 a.m., the castle is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is advisable to get there early in the peak seasons (spring and summer) so that you do not have to deal with the crowds.

St. Vitus Cathedral with its twin gothic spires and ornate carvings is considered a symbol of Prague Castle. Construction on the site began in 1344 and lasted about 600 years, but the investment paid off and the site includes many ancient treasures, shrines and bohemian crown jewelry under vaulted ceilings, magnificent murals and carved doors. Purchasing a ticket for the castle complex will also include entry to the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, the Golden Alley and the Rosenberg Palace. A guided tour of Prague Castle is considered recommended for two reasons - on the one hand it is the ultimate way to learn about the history of the castle, but on the other hand it is your chance to ensure that you do not miss anything

Walking in the Wallenstein Gardens

Wallenstein Palace was formerly the home of General and Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein. Today it houses the Czech Senate. The palace from the Baroque period features beautiful architectural elements inspired by the Italian Renaissance, but the real attraction of the place are the gardens. Wallenstein Gardens are an oasis of lush greenery, romantic pools and sculptures depicting heroic figures from Greek mythology. The gardens also include the Sala Terrena, a gallery hall decorated with murals depicting the Trojan Wars. Live performances and classical performances are held here. If you are looking to escape the crowds and enjoy the natural view of the small town in Prague, Wallenstein Gardens are without a doubt one of the places in Male Sterna that you must see. Plus, it’s also one of the most romantic places in town, so you shouldn’t give it up.

See the monument to the victims of Communism

The monument in memory of the victims of communism is an unconventional monument found on the slopes of Patron Hill. Seven naked bronze male figures descend the stairs. The first figure is complete, but as you progress up the statue the statues lose parts of their anatomy. The last statue is nothing but a pair of legs. This powerful series of sculptures was designed to symbolize the immense suffering of the Czech Republic during the communist period (1948 to 1989). This monument is dedicated to anyone who has lost their life or experienced suffering at the hands of the Soviet Union, so it is definitely worth a visit.

Marvel at the Church of St. Nicholas

In the center of the "small town" square stands the Church of St. Nicholas, built in the 18th century. This church is considered one of the clearest representations of Baroque architecture in the Czech Republic and features a fresco on the ceiling, marble statues and columns decorated with gold.  

Drink beer at Strahov Monastery

Despite its amazing history, Strahov Monastery is one of the best places in Prague to drink beer. The medieval Premestranta Monastery complex, built in the 12th century, is home to a Romanesque church and a famous Baroque library. The latter includes not only rare literary volumes in philosophy, mathematics and science, but also spectacular murals in beauty. Come to history and stay in the capital. The brewery dates back to the 13th century and serves a variety of beers that vary according to the seasons. In the courtyard there is also a restaurant that offers a menu based on authentic Czech cuisine. If you want to try a traditional Czech dish, we recommend Svíčková but it is a meat dish. Vegetarian dishes are harder to find but it is possible. 

Relax in Campa Park

We love the quiet Venetian atmosphere of Campa Park, but we are not alone because the park is loved by most of the city’s residents and not just them. The picturesque island of Kampa, located at the end of the Prague Bridge on the side of the Mala Strana, served as a place to shoot various films, for example films that take place during World War II and the first film in an impossible mission series. During the summer, Campa Park is the perfect oasis where you can relax for hours, sip a cold Pilsner beer, hang out with friends or read a book. The park also hosts many art and food festivals throughout the year, so there is always something to do in it. On the island of Kampa (where the park is located) there is also a 13th-century water mill and a tavern serving traditional Czech meals. The famous baby sculptures of the Czech sculptor David Charney are also here. Ten of them used to decorate the Zizkov TV tower, but were taken down for renovations. 

Leave your own mark on John Lennon's wall

Hidden behind the courtyard of a small church is the wall of John Lennon. After the assassination of the famous singer in 1980, this wall became a colorful symbol of love and peace as a tribute to the late artist. Layers upon layers of graffiti, political messages and lyrics adorn the place - which means tourists from all over the world flock here to make their mark. When you have finished drawing and photographing your work for Instagram, you should stop for lunch at the John Lennon Pub down the street. The dishes on the menu may be expensive, but it's a nice place to enjoy a beer and enjoy the Beatles souvenirs that adorn the walls. If you are a fan of the band, this is a must-see site for you.

Visit the Franz Kafka Museum

On the banks of the river and Latva lies the Franz Kafka Museum dedicated to the most famous Czech writer of the twentieth century. Kafka is known for existentialist works that include the incarnation, the trial and the castle, and is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of the Czech Republic. You will find tributes to Kafka throughout the city of Prague, but only the museum has original photographs, letters, newspaper clippings and videos. Outside the museum, another work by the artist David Charney is displayed. The sculpture consists of two moving bronze sculptures peeing in a Czech-shaped pool. According to the artist, the sculptures are designed to show Czech evolution using "urine" currents. Not surprisingly, Charney is on the one hand a controversial statue and on the other a beloved.

                                            Vintage Design Boutique Hotel

If you're looking for the best hotel in Male Strana - probably this hotel located at - Jansky Vrsek 3 is for you. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Prague Castle and a 10-minute walk from Charles Bridge, making it the most central. The hotel’s brightly decorated rooms are decorated with designer furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s giving a very interesting retro feel . But do not worry, this outdated hotel is not because every room is equipped with air conditioning that ensures you do not melt from heat in summer. When you add to it the excellent buffet-style breakfast, the result is clear - a hotel you must not miss.

Vintage Design Boutique Hotel

The Alchymist Luxury Hotel

This hotel is considered one of the best luxury hotels in the city, so it will undoubtedly make your stay in the city even more special. The hotel is located at Tržiště 19 in the heart of the Male Strana, so it saves you a lot of hassle (and walking). The hotel features a spa and wellness club with sauna, gym and swimming pool. The hotel also has a delicious breakfast of fresh produce, excellent coffee and free tastings of cheeses and wine. If you are not sure where to stay in Male Stern and the penny is in your pocket - this hotel is a great option.

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