We hope you enjoyed exploring the beautiful Right Bank of Prague with us in our previous post. This time, join us as we explore the Left Bank which we both found even more magical. We’ll take you to the amazing Prague Castle compound, show you the breathtaking vista of the city from Petrin Hill, and let you be charmed by the architectural cocktails, the cobbled streets and gardens in Mala Strana (“Lesser Town”), etc.
We started the day by crossing the Charles Bridge from the right bank and enjoyed the sight of the left bank skyline from there. Early morning is a good time to enjoy the bridge when the crowd is still thin.
Just before the end of Charles Bridge on the left bank side, there are stairs that lead to the small but charming Kampa Island. It is separated from Mala Strana by a picturesque canal dotted with working water mills.
Ironically, this very serene canal in Kampa Island is called the “Devil’s Stream.” It is also known as the “Venice of Prague.”
From Kampa Island, we crossed a small bridge that led us to a secluded park in Mala Strana where we stumbled into Lennon Wall. After the death of John Lennon, he became a pacifist hero to rebellious Czech youths. They painted this wall in a Velkopřevorské náměstí (Grand Priory Square) with his images. The police keeps erasing them only to be repainted again and again.
Petrin Hill in Mala Strana, reached via a dinky funicular, offers a delightful, tranquil rose garden. It is also the home to the Petrin Tower (seen in the background), called the mini-Eiffel Tower of Prague. The tower may not be the most pleasant sight in Prague but it offers the most spectacular 360-degree view of the city.
Strahov Monastery’s highlight is the magnificent Strahov Library. This is the Theological Hall of the library, which was completed in 1697 and houses 200,00 volumes of old manuscripts including many versions of the Bible.
Some of the prominent spires in Prague Castle belong to St. Vitus Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Cathedral and the biggest and most important church in Czech Republic. Many Bohemian kings and Roman emperors were buried here.
One of the stained-glass window in St. Vitus Cathedral.
The curving cobblestone street of Novy Svet Quarter, a enclave of colorful cottages where the castle staff used to live.
Keith standing in front of a door in one of historic Novy Svet homes. They said that people way back then (9th century) were dimunitive in stature, hence, the small doors
A window of many bells in Mala Strana.
Hidden behind walls in a busy area of Mala Strana is the beautiful and relaxing Wallestein Garden. This tucked away treasure of Prague is a delightful world of formal Italian gardens, statues, fountains, ponds, peacocks, etc.
The ‘Piss’ sculpture also known as ‘Proudy’ is a work of Czech sculptor David Czerny, known for his quirky and provocative scupltures.
Hot air balloon ride over Prague.
Mala Strana at night.
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