Albrecht von Wallenstein was a 17th century imperial military commander. He led his troops to several victories, and his success fueled his ambitions to the point where he began entertaining the dream of taking over the throne of Bohemia - a dream that would eventually lead to his being charged with treason and to his execution. His palace, built between 1623 and 1630, is located at the foot of Prague Castle hill and reflects Wallenstein's high aspirations: he bought 26 houses, 2 factories and 6 gardens to obtain sufficient land for the plans he had laid out. As a result, the beautiful Baroque palace and its lovely landscaped garden are indeed fit for a king. Today, Wallenstein Palace is home to the Czech Senate and its main rooms and garden are open to visitors. It's the nicest palace I got to visit in Prague, and commander von Wallenstein would probably be very proud to know that I even liked it better than the royal palace!
Unlike the Palais Valdstejn (if there's not a special exhibit) the garden of the palais is open to the public. And even for free!
It is a very welcome oasis of quiet and peace in the bustling city. The garden is enclosed by high walls and the several wings of the palais - not much of the noise of the surroundings gets through to the garden. The garden itself has a rather formal design - lawns, hedges, paths form geometrical patterns. The famous sculptures, works of Adriaen de Vries, are only replicas, though, as the Swedish troops took them back home in 1634 ... during the 30years war ... :(
Highlight of the garden is probably the Sala terrena, a loggia style large hall that opens in three arcades to the garden. The stucco works and frescos (by Italian artists) all over the walls and vaulted ceiling are absolutely stunning.
This magnificent residence was built in the 17th century for the Bohemian commander Wallenstein.
The building is also the seat of the Parliament, Ministry of Culture and houses the Comenius Museum.
Its Garden Pavillion is used for theatrical and concert performances.
Palace open: 10am – 4pm Sat&Sun
I first saw Wallenstein's gardens when I was admiring the panorama of Prague from the balcony of Vladislav's hall in the castle proper. I didn't know what I was looking at but what called my attention was a strange, dark wall surrounding a property below the castle. I took a picture (pic 1) meaning to ask somebody knowledgeable later on. But an hour later I found myself facing the very wall, which turned out to be the famous Baroque experiment of Wallenstein's architects and builders, surrounding his gardens from one side. Rather ugly in close up.
located in the little quarter below prague castle is the wallenstein palace. this huge baroque palace was built by albercht von wallenstein between 1624 and 1630. the palace has a collection of fine art and the gardens have beautiful sculptures.
This is a very beautiful and free garden that has many nice features and areas like a large carp pond, fountains, an owl enclosure, free roaming peacocks and more.
There is a strange grotto on one wall in which hidden in the bumps are faces of scary looking people and animals. There's some nice bronze sculptures and a beautiful loggia, look up at its roof for some beautiful paintings.
Wallenstein Palace is the first great building built in Prague during the Baroque time and it is the monument of the general Albrecht von Wallenstein (1581-1634). To build the palace he dejected 23 houses, three gardens and the oven from bricks of the town.
The principal room has the decorated ceiling with a fresco where Wallenstein is representing in the semblances of Mars (God of the War). The building was planned by Andrea Spezza and almost all the artists employed in the decoration of the building were Italian. Today the building entertains the Czech senate.
I was actually looking for Prague castle and wasn't too sure where I was when I unwittingly stumbled into this gem of a garden. Apparently, some of medieval Prague was destroyed to make way for the Wallenstein garden, but I would argue that it is well worth it. Rampant with sculptures and a wonderful Baroque architecture, this was one of my favorite places that I visited in Prague. The wall sculpture is very impressive, but unfortunately I was only to capture a cross-section on camera. If you go to Prague, do yourself a favor and don't miss this. As I understand, it was closed for winter until 2007, however (check on that, I could be wrong).
Very interesting part of the Wallenstein Garden is the one called The Secret or Secluded Garden. It is dominated by artificial dripstone rock, on which frogs, snakes, lions, monsters and grotesquely formed faces could be recognized.
This secretive and mysterious area is strong contrast to other, wide open and green parts of the Wallenstein Garden.
The Wallenstein Garden, part of Wallenstein Palace complex, is Italian style baroque garden of Albrecht of Wallenstein. It contains copies of sculptures of Adrian de Vries, carved in the 1920s after originals which were taken away by the Swedes in 1648 and can now be seen in the Royal Garden of the Drottningholm Castle. Part of garden is the Secret or Secluded Garden with the dripstone wall. There is Salla Terrena in the Wallenstein Garden with frescoes by Baccio del Bianco, and it is used for theatrical performances and concerts.
The Wallenstein Gardens and Palace are must see for anyone wandering around the Mala Strana. The palace was built in the 1620's by Albrecht of Wallenstein, a leading general of the Thirty Years War. The gardens have lovely fountains and ponds flanked by hedges and floors. Probably the most unusual attraction within the garden grounds is the dripstone wall which is suppose to resemble a grotto. The interior of the palace houses the Senate of the Czech Republic and is not open to the public. It is free to wander around the gardens.
This beautiful Baroque Complex was built in 1624. This palace is second largest one in the city after the Prague Castle. Today it is the Senate of the Czech Republic. The entrance was free. Further more, you can go inside and even take the pictures...so let's go (see the next tip )
Interior of the Palace is in Italian style. The furniture was brought from Italy and Holland. The most impressive were the walls richly decorated with frescoes and paintings as well asthe ceilings frescoes and arches.
Wallenstein Garden and Palace are situated on the Hradschin side of the river. Although not really hidden, it's a place that is not too crowded. Nevertheless, it's worth a visit. The garden is built in baroque style and comes up with some rather extraordinary stuff. First, there's an aviary with some birds of prey sitting lazily (and probably sadly, too) on some artificial-looking tree parts. Then, there's a massive wall of fake stalactites. It was built in some kind of fashion and represents the combination of artificiality and real nature. Although impressive, I found it rather ugly - but then again fashion changes every now and then, and maybe I'm just too narrowminded...
A third impressive part are the free range peacocks to be found on the grounds. People really go crazy as soon as they discover them inmidst the lawns and hedges.
Apart from all this, Wallenstein Garden is a good place to relax, too. Benches are placed everywhere on the grounds.
The Wallenstein Palace is located in the Mala Strana neighborhood, just below the Prague Castle. The palace, which is a government building, is not open to the public. However, tourists are free to stroll through its attractive gardens. The highlights of the gardens include the sala terrana (a portico with a beautiful painted ceiling), the grotto wall, the fishpond and the statues.