Vrtba Garden

Vrtba Garden is situated on the slopes of Petřín Hill in Prague’s Lesser Town and can be entered through the Vrtba Palace in Karmelitánská Street. It is considered one of the finest Baroque gardens in Prague. It was designed by Prague native František Maxmilian Kaňka in the early 18th century, with sculptor Mathias Bernard Braun and painter Václav Vavřinec Reiner participating in its decoration. The Italian-style terraced garden was created for Count Jan Josef of Vrtba, the Highest Burgrave of Prague Castle, who could easily afford it. The garden’s composition is based on the gradation of the terrace plateaus that are interconnected by stairways and Baroque-style walls. Vrtba Garden underwent an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. It is also referred to as the most beautiful garden of its kind north of the Alps. The Baroque Schönborn and Vratislav Gardens are situated in its vicinity.

Useful information for visitors

Address: Karmelitská 373/25, Prague
GPS: 50.08694890, 14.40354250
Vrtba Garden map

Public transport connections

Hellichova tram stop
Malostranské náměstí bus stop, tram stop

Interesting facts about Vrtba Garden

Vrtba Garden provides one of the most beautiful views of the historical centre of Prague. It is also worth seeing the garden in the evening when it is illuminated with lights. Private chamber concerts and garden parties are often held in the garden. There is also a gallery that displays works by contemporary Czech and foreign artists. Vrtba Garden is also often used as a venue for weddings, conferences, courses, etc. In the lower part of Vrtba Garden is a huge aviary with exotic birds.

Nearby historical sights