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Gardens and Parks in Prague

The Prague Castle gardens (Creative Commons 3.0/ Kjetil Ree)
In a beautiful city as Prague, which is abundant in rich cultural architecture and religious monuments, it is possible that you will be tired after all the sight-seeing and adventure tours. Thankfully, Prague boasts of all lot of gardens and parks where tourists can rest and appreciate the Baroque style of these creations. In fact, those who are ready to explore the wilderness can take a walk in the large parks.
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 splendidly beautiful synchronized formation of manicured terrace gardens. Many a times these gardens play host to live musical concerts at night.
 
Charles University Botanical Garden (GFDL/Chmee2)
Charles University Botanic Garden: Prague’s oldest botanical garden in the 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 and windy paths attracting many couples.

Kinský Garden: Located on the southern side of Petrin and alienated from the other gardens by the Gothic Hunger Wall, Kinský Garden was formerly a forest until the vineyards replaced it in the Middle Ages. In the early 1900’s the garden was modified to give it a more English touch. Presently it houses the Greek Catholic Church and Kinsky Summer Palace which is home to the historical relics from the National Musuem. Tourists have access to this garden free of charge.

DivokáŠárka: An enchanting valley located on the right bank of the rock-strewn slopes of Šárecký potok stream in Prague 6, this picnic spot is ideal if you want to spend the whole day relaxing in the company of nature. The preserve is declared as a natural monument for it’s botanical and geological wealth. The place is visited mostly by families and couples.

Franciscan Garden: Hidden between Jungmannovo and Wenceslas Square, Franciscan Garden is a heavenly retreat with numerous family activities, small souvenir shops, gorgeous rose bushes and ice cream stalls. Dating back to the 14th century, the Franciscan Garden was restored in the early 1900’s.
 
View from Petrin Hill (Creative Common 3.0 /Andrei Stroe)
Petrin Hill: Petrin Hill was one of the former vineyards of King Charles IV, now open for public admiration. It is a perfect place to shoot Prague skyline, as it projects the capital at its best. There is a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower at the top built during 1891 Prague Exposition which attracts the eye of many. Petrin Hill features many attractive sightseeing points such as the Ukranian wooden church, stunning gardens, and the nearby Strahov Monastery.
Vrtba Garden (Creative Commons 3.0/Juan de Vojníkov)
Vrtba Garden: Adjudged by UNESCO, 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. Modeled on various levels, the garden terrace on the top level offers panoramic views of St. Nicolas and Mala Strana. The gardens are a must visit for any tourist when it is open from the month of 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 (Creative Commons 3.0/Miloslav Rejha)
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 when they can appreciate the beautifully manicured hedges, lawns, the large pond featuring a marble fountain of Hercules and the artificial stalactites. Built in 1623 – 1630, the statues in the garden are replicas as the Swedes looted the originals during the Thirty Years War. Tourists arrive at the park to rest after a hectic day of sightseeing in the historic center.

The Great Fürstenberg Garden: As the name suggests, 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 changed the décor of the park to an English styled one in 1860. The garden is lighted up during the summer months.

These beautiful parks and gardens in Prague are awaiting your admiration. So, why the wait? Book your favorite from the list of hotels in Prague and avail the cheapest flights to Prague.

1 comment

Hannah
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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