Palace Gardens – Prague Castle Hill

Let’s start this talk at the place, where we ended the previous one. At the south flank of Prague Castle hill.

Castle Gardens descending from the Castle hill

Winter overall view to Gardens

In the history this place has mainly defense character, the fortress system there was established around 1241. At the beginning of 15th century the defense function at this place lost its importancy, the place was sold by municipality to nobles and rich burghers.  Sinister elements were hiding at cabins standing at small gardens for some time.

Kolowrat Gardens

But later the small gardens and vinyards were joined to bigger complex, so at 1580 was big Fürstenberk Garden founded, soon garden behind Pallfy Palace followed and the last surviving vinyards were changed to garden at Ledeburg palace in 1624. The gardens were in italian Renaissance style, built for joy and distraction.

Top of the Small Fürstenberg Garden in Fall

Same place in winter, St. Nicholas Church in lesser Town Square in the back

At the end of Thirty Years War 1648 were spoiled by Swedich Army adn after that rebuilt again, but now in rich and decorative Baroque style, as was asked to show the status of ich and powerfull noble or burgher owners.

View from the bottom of Ledeburgh Garden

Balustrade terasses were decorated with sculptures, monumantal stairs, fountains and waterwors sweetened the specially during summer time.

Triton Fountain in Big Palffy Garden

We can still find there sala terrena in renaissance style, galerries, pavillons. From high-pitched stairs we can admire magis views to Lesser Town and Old Town with other Prague quarters on the horizon.

Nice view and relaxing zone at the top of Small Palffy Garden

The gardens system now consist of Ledeburg, Small and Big Palffy, Kolowrat and Fürstenberg gardens.

Parter of Ledeburg Garden in winter

Sala Terrena at Parter of Ledeburg Garden with small Christmas tree

And Ledeburg Parter once again, this time in autumn

Gardens are opened for Spring, Summer and Autumn, but from November to March they are closed. Few years ago I had a chance to visit the Gardens during Advent time, they were covered with snow and it was really perfect atmosphere there.

Ledeburg Garden in fall …

… and in winter

And now enjoy some stills from gardens.

Hidden corner at Big Palffy Garden

Stairs and alcove at Fürstenberg Garden

Top of the Fürstenberg Garden (ticket office)

Small gate between Kolowrat and Fürstenberg Gardens

Pink flowers at the bottom entrance to Gardens (Kolowrat Garden)

A view from the bottom entrance again

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. my music
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 06:23:10

    I found something like this elsewhere and really loved. Some more of this please! Thx

    Reply

  2. travelgardeneat
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 08:07:20

    I love the winter and summer/spring contrast photos — shows what a beautiful city regardless of the season! ~ Kat

    Reply

    • PragueByKaty
      Nov 25, 2012 @ 09:20:38

      Thanks for your like and comment at this post. It is one of ma favorite (the gardens are just beautiful, I hope they will be opened this Advent, but I am not sure) and it has juste a little audience, so I am glad you found it and liked it. Thanks!

      Reply

  3. bubblytee
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 08:00:57

    I am in awe of your photography skills and your beautiful country. This was very enjoyable to enter your world via my screen. I appreciate your blog greatly!

    Reply

  4. smilewanderer
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 08:45:34

    I was here 3 years ago, and remember that there was a corner where we could get some really good wine… It would be perfect to have candle there in the evening with moon-light, but I guess the Palace closes that time…
    For me, it’s really nice place to visit in Prague, besides the astronomical clock.

    Reply

    • PragueByKaty
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 08:57:09

      The wine was not there this year, it was a bad year for grapes. There is even more beautiful places in Prague besides the Castle Gardens and Astronomicla Clock, I am happy that you liked it. thanks

      Reply

  5. John Fanai
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 15:01:01

    I would like to visit this historical city!

    Reply

  6. Carla Saunders
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 15:26:14

    I love the garden in winter!

    Reply

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  8. becky6259
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 01:08:33

    Just beautiful, and so peaceful looking!

    Reply

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