Apart from the gardens of Prague Castle, you will not find a larger garden in our capital than the Wallenstein Garden. It is located near the Wallenstein Palace on an area of 14,000 m2 and its origins date back to before 1634, when it was founded by Albrecht of Wallenstein. Not only today, but also in its time, this Baroque garden, built in the Italian Mannerist style, looked very magnificent.
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Interesting facts Wallenstein Garden
The western, northern and eastern sides of the garden are bordered by a palace, the south is delimited by a high wall with arches. It is divided into larger and smaller parts. The larger one boasts the largest Salla terrena in Prague, an aviary, an artificial stalactite wall and a marble fountain. Part of the smaller of the two units of the garden is a swimming pool, riding school and greenhouse. Both parts of the garden are connected by a sandstone fountain with a fountain. Copies of Vries' statues and vases beautify the entire area of the Wallenstein Garden.
The garden changed its appearance around 1800, when, in accordance with the trends of the time, it acquired the appearance of a wooded park with a number of paths. It was not returned to the form of the High Baroque garden until the restorers in 2000.
There is nothing random in the Wallenstein Garden. The location of each tree and shrub was predetermined and the height of shrubs and trees also plays an important role, as does the color of summer planting. Even plant species were used, which were the most imported and cultivated in the Czech lands at that time.
The most majestic building of the Wallenstein Garden is the Salla terrena, a very colossal open building with three axes, with a ceiling decorated with frescoes with motifs of Greek mythology. The space is used for various cultural events, especially in summer.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová