The Vrtba Garden
The Vrtba Garden
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Neighborhood: Malá Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighborhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighborhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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  • Lesser • 9 min walk
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  • FLnurseER
    Boca Raton, Florida2,671 contributions
    One of the favorite gardens for photographers.
    Quite a small garden with multiple terraces and baroque architecture providing stunning backdrops to your photos. Out of the six gardens surrounding the castle and located on the Lesser side in Prague that we have visited, this one was also the most expensive one to visit - 120 crowns per person. Not crowded, June was a lovely month to visit.
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2022
  • Paul J
    Bethesda, Maryland766 contributions
    A Hidden Gem!
    I had seen a video on this place, but it far exceeded expectations. A compact, terraced gem that requires some seeking out (you'll walk into an alley on the way to St. Nicolas Church). This is a place to wander at your leisure, but make sure to just sit and enjoy its beauty.
    Written May 19, 2022
  • Wenovo
    Morris County, New Jersey2,089 contributions
    Best in June - August ...
    My favorite Baroque garden in Prague. As beautiful as it is , I must admit that I am partial to anything and everything in the Mala Strana area. I remember coming here, when it was largely unkept, in disrepair, during the communist era, but still beautiful in its own right. Over the years coming back to Prague and staying in the hotel Aria , with the Vrtba garden in its " backyard, " we had many opportunities to enjoy the garden with unlimited access from the hotel. Whether it is worth to pay for entrance, is of course subjective. I don't mind. There are wedding parties photographed on the weekends, they may limit access . We have seen several from hour hotel windows during our past visits . Best views are from the very top of the garden. More steps to climb ! Great photos opportunity . Best time to visit : June - August.
    Written September 12, 2020
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Mili S
Prague, Czech Republic400 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The garden is hidden behind the street buildings. If you enter...you are surprised what could be done by the architects with a small hill below the Prague castle! Suddenly you are within peace and beauty. And if you climb to the top you will discover a new view : Prague castle and all the roofs of historical buildings...it is worth going there before sunset, the place has its magical atmosphere. What else?!
Written January 30, 2020
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO807 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited this garden right when it opened one day when we were in Prague. We thought this garden was nice, but the real treat was the view that you had once you walked all the way to the top. We visited in April, so I would only assume the gardens are likely prettier later in the summer. I would recommend stopping by while in the area.
Written June 9, 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,255 contributions
Jul 2022
We went a few minute before they opened and were the only ones there. We had the garden all to ourselves for about 30 minutes. My only complaint is that they had the gardener trimming the bushes during our visit. Couldn’t they have done this maintenance before 10AM? Who wants to be in a beautiful garden with the sound of hedge trimmers and leaf blowers? Poor management, hence the 4 star review. Avoid a hot day here… you will not enjoy it. This place can be hard to find as it is not at the edge of the street. You need to go through a garage arch until you see the entrance to it. The garden is not visible from the street.
Written July 24, 2022
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Beautiful! Small, terraced Baroque garden. On every visit we climb to the top and are rewarded with beautiful views. The ornate landscaping is meticulously kept throughout the year and when the garden is in bloom it is spectacular.
The entry is somewhat hidden and there is a fee, so it is never really crowded, unless bridal party shows up for pictures.
The Sala Terrena decorated with frescoes and the Aviary add to the charm. All the way at the top a beautiful panorama view of Prague opens up.

I have always loved spending time here, in every season, ever since I was a kid living in Prague and going to school next door. The garden was beautifully restored in the nineties after much neglect it suffered during the years of the previous regime.

These days my husband and I are coming back regularly. To enjoy the beauty of this Unesco protected garden as well as a look into the neighboring backyard of my old school.
The view of American embassy's gloriette/pavilion on top of the hill with the American flag flying high is an added bonus for us.
Written February 6, 2018
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Englishmob
Winton, Australia322 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Just to let folk know this garden is closed from November to April. It is a bit tricky to find so I took a couple of photos so you can see the unusual entrance for an outdoor garden. I eventually got to see a little of the back of it from the bush walk up behind, but otherwise missed it. Tram 22 will drop you at the Lesser Town Square. Walk back down the street about 150-200m where you just travelled up and it is on the right side of the street. You feel like you are about to walk into someone's garage and that is probably almost right. Good luck!
Written March 26, 2017
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
This beautiful garden is open to the public with a fee, but its access is free to the guests of the hotel Aria. You can enter with your room key if you are hotel guests. It is nice to be able to do that in the hours before it opens and closes to the public.
We stayed in the hotel several times and enjoyed the view into the garden very much. The view of Prague from the very top is amazing, you have to climb a hill and walk up some steps, but you get some great pictures and exercise that way. The garden holds many memories for me as I used to come here many years ago, when I lived on Mala Strana. There was no hotel here then and the garden was not as beautifully manicured, but peaceful nevertheless. Without the tourists in those days, it was mostly visited by locals.
While we were staying in the hotel we could see young brides posing for pictures, many travel far to get married in Prague.

This is a small garden, worth stopping by if you are in the area. It is I believe on the UNESCO World Heritage List . It is very close to two beautiful churches - St. Nicholas Church and the Church of Our Lady Victorious - Holy Child of Prague (Prazske Jezulatko).
Written October 21, 2014
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
I love, love, love this enchanting garden.
I loved coming here years ago when I lived in Prague. Such a romantic spot hidden away. I always return every time I come back to Prague.
The garden was always beautiful in its own way, but fell in disrepair during the communist era. As did the houses surrounding it.
I marvel at the fabulous restoration, the exquisitely manicured shrubbery and the flower beds in the elaborate design. The statuary. The terraced garden is so romantic that many brides come to have their pictures taken here. If you are staying in Aria, the views of the garden are a bonus. Climb to the highest point in the garden and you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Mala Strana.

The surrounding old buildings were artfully transformed into the Aria Hotel. So, If you are a guest in Aria, you have an unlimited free access to the garden with your room key. It is a great advantage to be able to be in the garden, not restricted to public hours.
There is an entrance fee from Karmelitska ulice ...if you are not a guest of the Aria hotel.

Vrtbovska Zahrada is one of my favorite places in Prague..
I am sure you will love it too..
Written September 1, 2016
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samuela2508
Prague, Czech Republic222 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
This place is really wonderful. It's incredibly beautiful garden. I am just not sure if it's open for public..
Written February 2, 2018
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Kim H
Vancouver, Canada165 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The entrance to the garden is at the corner of Kamelistska and Trziste. The garden is small but beautiful. Part of the garden was closed because of a wedding - I can see why someone would want to rent the space for a wedding. Aside from the flowers, there's a small lookout with amazing views of Mala Strana. The garden was not crowded at all.
Written September 23, 2017
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rohitravishankar
Bengaluru, India473 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
The Vrtba Garden is one of the most beautiful baroque terrace garden located in Prague. It is located close to Petrin with a fantastic view of Prague. It was quite cool when we visited in the garden in November. It is about 60CZK as an entry fee for an adult.
Written June 1, 2017
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