Wallenstein garden is a good place to relax, enjoy the ambience, and to get to know the locals. Beautiful and well designed andscaping, sculptured hedges, many expertly crafted lifelike bronze statues and fountains, ponds with colorful fish, and great architecture abounds. There are even peacocks strutting their stuff for you. For a few korunas or some tasty bird seed they will pose for a nice colorful photograph.
This photo was shot on Easter Sunday, 2003. The spots in the photo are not spots on my camera lens, but are droplets of water spraying from the masterfully crafted central fountain. If Wallenstein Palace and gardens look familiar to you, it may have something to do with the numerous times that they have been used in movie settings throughout the years.
The Wallenstein complex is almost too easy to get to. Go up the escalator at Malostranska Metro station ( the station closest to Prague Castle ), exit to the left, and walk through the garden entrance. Could not be easier to find and to get to. Why not pay a visit while you are in the neighborhood. Leave the tour guides free to help other tourists.
This photo was made on Easter Sunday, 2003.
The weather was ideal on Easter Sunday, making it a perfect day for admiring all of the many masterfully scultured bronze statues in Wallenstein gardens, including this one of old Scratch ( Satan ) himself being beat senseless by a nude saint. The bronze figures are anotomically correct in every detail.
Wallenstein gardens and palace is so close to the Malostranska Metro ( subway / underground ) station that they appear to be connected. After departing the train, go up the escalator, exit the terminal to the left, turn right immediately, and you are standing at the entance of Wallenstein Gardens. Admission is free of charge. It is a perfect place for relaxing and meeting locals. Introduce yourself to them. They really are a friendly lot. The gardens and palace can be enjoyed on your way to or from Prague Castle with almost no added effort. Stop and enjoy them for whatever length of time you have available.
The home of General Albrecht von Wallenstein. He knocked down two dozen houses to make room for his expansive backyard; a Baroque style garden with a strictly geometrical design.
The loud cries that can be heard throughout the gardens come from the resident peacocks that can be seen strolling the grounds.
Valdstejnsky Palace was built between 1624-1630 for Albrecht von Wallenstein - generalisimo of the Habsburg`s army.
This place is famouse by the splendid gardens. Now in the palace there are the seat of Czech Senate.
Mr. Albrecht von Wallenstein was a triumphing man with his achievements in several war battles. Even though he was highly appreciated, it wasn't enough. He thought even more of himself and wanted to be as much a man of distinction as the rulers of the country. So he built himself a palace, surrounded by walls, with beautifully kept gardens and fountains. He let his workers build the Sala terrana with detailed fresco's in which you can see him as Mars, god of war, triumphing again.
In a corner of the garden you can gaze at a surrealistic wall of stalactites. In the gray mass, if you look carefully, you can discover images of snakes and frogs. A strange corner indeed, but I found it a very nice touch next to the luxurious looking palace.
Even a family of peacocks strolled by with there chicks when we walked through the garden?
The construction of the Wallenstein Palace was commissioned by General Albrecht Vaclav Eusebius of Wallenstein as his Prague residence. Unfortunately the general only lived in the palace for 12 months between 1630 until his death in 1634. The palace remained in the hands of the Wallenstein family until 1945 when it became state property. It was renovated and now houses a meeting chamber and offices of the senate. The beautiful gardens are at the back of the palace and one of the features is an amazing piece of sculpture work, ‘The Grotto’ which is a huge dripstone wall.
The gardens are open from April 1 to Oct. 31 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. They are closed in the winter. The palace is open to the public all year on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entrance to both is free.
You can find the Wallenstein Gardens behind a 30-foot wall in the Malá Strana district. It is lovely baroque park where you can walk along fountains and bronze statues, which by the way are copies because the original ones were stolen by Swedes back in the 17th century. There is also a fake grotto. The garden is open May to September, daily from 9am to 7pm.
There are many statues and fountains within the Wallenstein Gardens. Some of the sculptures are very violent in nature. Here is one of the major fountains within the gardens. It has a violent yet beautifully artist appearance.
The Wallenstein Gardens are located at the botton of the hill from Prague Castle. They were created in 1535 for Ferdinand I. The are open May through October 10 am - 6 pm daily. The gardens are free and open to the public. A little know fact about the gardens that I did not know before my visit has to do with tulips. Tulips were first brought to Europe and grown here in the Royal Gardens before they were ever know in Amsterdam.
Wallenstein Garden (Valdstejnska Zahrada) from the 17th century.
Through a 'statue-path' (among them work by the Dutch sculptor Adriaan de Vries) you reach the splendid sala terrena (garden pavilion). Unfortunately are the bronze sculptures in the garden copies; the originals were confiscated by the Swedish during their occupation of Prague in 1648.
The guys wearing hats really enjoyed the gardens. They are beautiful and a welcome retreat from the busy streets of Prague. Here we see Jim in the Royal Gardens. Behind him in the distance is the famour Renaissance wall or sgraffito. The wall was created by cutting a design through the wet top layer of plaster to a contrasting undercoat.
One of the beautiful Prague gardens.
The garden is wallet off from the town, so you can have a nice rest in the middle of the city.
Fountains, small lake statues, peacocks, magnolias, roses...
The garden is open April to October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Built in 1630 by Albrecht Wallestein the Duke of Mecklenburg, this palaces sit in the shadow of the castle. Today it is used by the Czech senate.
Worth seeing for a quiet retreat., Nice gardens but loud peacocks after a night on the bars of Prague:(.
There was a peacock walking around to add to the majestic atmosphere of the place. Here also is a small artificial lake and a cross-section of the ceiling of the Palace