Self-Guided Walking Tour of Prague: Mala Strana to Hradcany
Start this Prague tour on the Mala Strana side of the the Charles Bridge.
From the bridge, go straight up the street and take a left. Spend some time wandering around Mala Strana and exploring the little waterways and bridges. Don’t miss the famous Lennon Wall, where you can leave your mark or just admire the graffiti of others.
When you are done exploring, make your way to St. Nicholas Church. If you like Rococo art and architecture, it is worth a look inside.
Once outside, take a right in the plaza and then a left on the street. This will take you up to Hradcany. On your left you will pass U Zeleneho Caje (Green Tea), a tea house where scenes from the movie Amadeus were filmed. You can stop there for a rest if you need a break.
Continue up the hill, and you’ll be at Prague Castle when you get to the top. Walk around the castle, making sure to visit St. Vitus Cathedral, an amazing Gothic church.
Once you’re done exploring the castle, walk around Hradcany and explore places like the famous pilgrimage site of the Loreta.
When you’re done, you can take tram #22 or 23 down to the metro stop at the bottom of the hill (to get to the tram stop, walk across the bridge by the castle exit). Alternatively, you can walk down the hill through the castle gardens. The entrance is located on the far side of the castle closest to the river.
From either the tram stop or the exit of the castle gardens, walk to Valdstejnske Street to get to the Wallenstein Gardens. Complete with manicured hedges, fountains, and stalactites, the gardens are well worth a visit. When you have finished exploring, exit the gardens and explore the surrounding area on your own.
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