Saturday, 16 June 2012

Mala Strana

After my short break in Warsaw I am back to Prague. We ended our last trip in the Old Town by the Veltava River. The Veltava river is crossed by many bridges. The oldest and best known is the Charles Bridge. It is made of stone, which is understandable if you know that its construction started in 14th century.

From the side of the Old Town, the Charles Bridge starts with the Old Town Bridge Tower.

When you cross the bridge, you will enter the district of Malá Strana or Lesser Town. Obviously we will enter it by the Lesser Town Bridge Gate.

The Malá Strana district used to be a suburb below the Hradčany castle. One of the best known buildings there is the Saint Nicolas church.

You should make sure that you do not miss to visit the Wallenstein Gardens.

The garden has a beautiful artificial lake ...

... and a wall with artificial stalactites that imitates a cave.

What I liked best though were the peacocks. Have you ever seen a peacock that would be completely white? I did not, at least so far.

The most important building in the garden is the palace that houses now the Senate of the Czech Republic.

Let's now step out of the garden and walk through the narrow streets of Malá Strana.

We still need to have a look at the Kampa Museum, a modern art gallery.

It is an unusual museum since some of the artefacts are exhibited in the open air. Like the giant chair in the middle of the river.

Or some bronze statues. Guess what they are?

.And yes, this is a huge human baby!

The last big attraction of Mala Strana is the Petrin Hill that I have shown you recently.

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