A Classic Baroque Garden In Prague

If you have the opportunity to spend a few days seeing Prague make sure you put the Vrtba Garden on your list of places to visit. The gardens are terraced up a hillside on the west side of the river and is part of the Vrtba palace and provide some spectacular views of the city. Today the garden entrance is on the lowest level, through a small gate in Karmelitská Street on the slope of Petřín Hill, in the Malá Strana section of the city. The Vrtba Garden in Prague is one of the best High Baroque gardens in the Czech capital. Dating back to the early eighteenth century, it is the best maintained of four Baroque gardens in the city; the Vrtba, the Vratislav, Schönborn, and Lobkowicz palace gardens. The garden was originally laid out by František Maxmilián Kaňka in the French style, who was renovating the Vrtba palace for Jan Josef, Count of Vrtba. The garden has retained its Baroque features and the original statuary and sculptural decor created by Matyáš Bernard Braun. The Garden is listed for its historic and cultural values by UNESCO.

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