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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.