Things to see - Prague Castle Gardens

Prague Castle Gardens

There are several gardens around Prague Castle, with an overall surface area of approximately 32 hectares. Originally, the gardens served the purposes of growing utility plants and healing herbs, and they were rather small; large castle gardens of a decorative nature only started to be established later on. Among the first ones, there was the […]

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The Production Gardens

Adjacent to the Empire Lumbe Villa, the seat of the President of the Republic, there is a huge area where there used to be a pheasantry with economic buildings in the era of Rudolph II. During the 17th and 18th century, the land started to be rented out due to the bad state of the […]

St. Wenceslas Vineyard and Villa Richter

St. Wenceslas Vineyard and Villa Richter form a part of the Prague Castle complex and their premises offer a unique view of the most beautiful part of historical Prague. St. Wenceslas vineyard is the oldest vineyard in Bohemia, thus documenting the long tradition of wine growing in our territory. This exceptionally well exposed Southern slope […]

Bastion Garden

Bastion Garden is situated at the fourth courtyard of Prague Castle. The garden is bordered by the wings of the New Royal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Deer Moat. The name “Bastion” originated from the fact that the remains of a medieval bastion were found here, dating back to the era of Charles IV. […]

Deer Moat

Originally, the Deer Moat served for defensive purposes and its slopes were maintained bare for strategic reasons. Later on, grapevine was planted there. By the early 17th century, they let deer occupy the moat, with Charles IV supposedly shooting them directly from the Spanish Hall windows while he was visiting Prague. The Moat is divided […]

Royal Garden and Queen Anne’s Summer Palace

Founded by Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and Bohemian king in 1534, the Royal Garden saw the gradual erection of significant buildings, particularly Queen Anne’s Summer Palace and Ball Games Hall. The combination of the works of art and various plants creates a fascinating unit. The garden was abundantly used under the reign of Rudolph […]

Empire Greenhouse

Empire Greenhouse is situated in the Northern part of the Royal Garden, and it is adjoined to the original Renaissance wall. It was built around 1820 and it was originally called the “Zwinger” due to the similarity with Zwinger Castle in Dresden (Germany). The second greenhouse was added in the 2nd half of the 19th […]

Hartig Garden

The garden used to be a part of Hartig Palace, yet today it is an inseparable part of the complex of the Prague Castle gardens. There are five sculptures of Ancient Gods here, made by the nephew of Matyáš Braun. Four of them are situated by the walls, but the fifth one, Dionysus – God […]

The Southern Gardens

There are three beautiful gardens around the southern front of Prague Castle – Paradise Garden, Na Valech Garden and Hartig Garden. Their current appearance was designed in the 1920s by Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik, upon the wish of the first President of Czechoslovakia, T. G. Masaryk. It is possible to enter the gardens from Opyš […]

The Orangery

The Orangery is the newest building in the Royal Garden. It was built in the place of the original greenhouse upon an impulse from Mrs. Olga Havlová, the wife of former President Václav Havel. The project of the modern Orangery from architect Eva Jiřičná from 1999, however, refers to a tradition dating back to the […]

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