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Gardens and Parks in Prague

Prague Castle Gardens
Credit: Kjetil Ree / CC BY-SA 3.0

Prague is one of Europe's greenest urban spaces, with approximately 200 parks spread around the city. After exploring Prague on foot relax in Prague’s parks and gardens. 

Castle and Palace Gardens:
Once known as the Royal Vineyards together with the five palace gardens, the Castle Gardens lie on the southern slopes of the Prague Castle. Comprising of Ledeburg Garden, Palffy Garden, Greater Palffy Garden, Kolovrat Garden and Furstenberg Garden, the Palace Gardens are connected with the Castle gardens to form a beautiful formation of terrace gardens. Many times these gardens host live musical concerts at night.
Charles University Botanic Garden:
Prague’s oldest botanical garden in Charles University is located close to Karlovo Namesti. It was originally built in Smichov district but due to constant flooding from Vltava river, it was shifted to its present location. It is an extremely romantic place with gorgeous flowers, ponds, prehistoric plants.

Kinský Garden:
Located on the southern side of Petrin, Kinský Garden was formerly a forest until the vineyards replaced it in the Middle Ages. In the early 1900s, the garden was renovated. At present, it houses the Greek Catholic Church and Kinsky Summer Palace which is home to the historical relics from the National Museum. There is no entry is fee.

An enchanting valley located on the right bank of the rock-strewn slopes of Šárecký potok stream in Prague 6. This is an ideal picnic spot for spending a whole day in the company of nature. The area is declared as a natural monument for it’s botanical and geological wealth. 

Franciscan Garden:
Hidden between Jungmannovo and Wenceslas Square, Franciscan Garden is a heavenly retreat with numerous family activities, souvenir shops, rose bushes and restaurants.

Petrin Hill:
Petrin Hill was one of the former vineyards of King Charles IV, now open to the public. There is a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower at the top built during 1891 Prague Exposition which attracts many. You can explore many sightseeing spots such as the Ukranian wooden church, stunning gardens, and the nearby Strahov Monastery.
Vrtba Garden:
Vrtba Garden or Vrtbovska Zahrada is located in the famous district of Mala Strana. Designed in 1720 by Frantisek Maximilian Kanka, its Baroque architecture is considered to be one of the best in Europe. Trademark baroque features like wooden staircases, sculptures by Matyas Bernard Braun, manicured flowerbeds and hedges, and frescoes by Vaclav Vavrinec Reiner. The garden terrace on the top level offers panoramic views of St. Nicolas and Mala Strana. It is a must-visit place for tourist, which is open from April to October.

Stromovka Park:
Interpreted as the place of trees, Stromovka Park was formerly used for hunting purposes by Premysl Otakar II in 1268. It opened to the public in 1804 when the Czech Nobles rescued the park from Maria Theresa who ordered it to be destroyed. Today, the park features skating rinks, meadows, ponds, horse stables and cafes where you can enjoy food with your family and friends. An ideal place to relax during the weekends.
Wallenstein Garden:
Located in Mala Strana, Wallenstein Garden is a part of the Wallenstein Palace, today a seat of the Czech Senate. The gardens are open to the public from April to October. Built in 1623 – 1630, the statues in the garden are replicas as the Swedes looted the originals during the Thirty Years War. 

The Great Fürstenberg Garden:
The Great Fürstenberg Garden is in the Fürstenberg Palace grounds. Designed by an unknown architect, it replaced the original vineyards in the 18th century. Some modifications were made in 1790 by Palliardi when he added a Neptune portraying fountain at that time. When the Fürstenberg Family bought the park in 1822 they renovated the décor of the park.

These beautiful parks and gardens in Prague are waiting your admiration. So, why the wait? Book a hotel of your choice and head to Prague.

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These gardens look so beautiful in the pictures. I have decided that my next vacation is going to be in Prague. Thanks for the great post!

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