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Parks and Gardens in Prague

According to the legend Prague was founded in the middle of a forest where nature grew spontaneous and luxuriant thanks to the Moldau River.
Wit its width of 550 square kilometers Prague embraces a natural territory of valleys and hills that even nowadays create a verdant landscape.
Local population has a deep respect for nature and like to spend the spare time walking around parks and gardens.

Letná Prague 7

This huge park lays on a hill facing the center so it is a nice place to see the city from above.
In the west part of this park there is an Art Deco pavilion from the Jubilee exhibition of 1891,now a restaurant. In the north part there is a large esplanade where during the Velvet Revolution of 1989 one and half million people gathered to listen to a speech by Havel, the future president and Dubček, the leader of Prague Spring in 1968.

Petřín Prague 1

Petřín is a hill changed in public park. During the reign of Charles IV, in the second half of 1300,
it was a vineyard as many other hills in town. Later on, in 1600 the bottom of the hill became private gardens of the palaces belonging to the noble families in Malá Strana. It is a public park since 1800.
To get to the top you can use a funicular existing from 1891. Just for your information the ticket is the same you use for trams and metro, 12 Crowns.
In this park there is also the statue of the most famous poet of Czech romanticism, K.H. Mácha. In May lovers come here in front of the statue to kiss each other because it is a wish of luck for their future relationship.
On the top of the hill there is also a smaller copy of the Eiffel tower, built in 1891.Nice overview of the city from the top.

Franciscan Garden entrance from Jungmann Square or Světozor passageway Vodičkova 41

This garden is in a very unusual position being just in the middle of the city center few steps away from Wenceslas Square. The name comes from the Franciscan monastery just in front. In the back you can see the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snows built in 1348 and never completed. The whole nave is missing.
Locals come here during spring or summer for their lunch break.

Vrtba Gardens Karmelitská 25 Malá Strana

These gardens are part of the baroque residence of the Vrtba family built in 1600. Gardens were added in 1700. They are made of terraces built on the bottom of the Petřin hill in Italian style. Gardens are decorated with statues and paintings by famous local artists. From here you can enjoy a nice view of the city.
Opened from April to October.

Hvězda Park Břevnov Prague 6

There was a huge forest belonging to the monastery nearby. This area was then bought by Ferdinand I of Habsburg to create a game-reserve far from the Castle.
His son, Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol built a star shaped summer palace in 1556.
Hvězda means star in Czech.
This summer palace is at the end of a nice boulevard in the park and it is surrounded by a huge forest.

Gardens below the Castle Valdštejnská 8-14 Malá Strana

All the noble families friend of the Habsburg chose this district as their residence and built here their luxurious palaces most of them surrounded by nice gardens.
Some of these gardens are now opened from April to October.
Along Valdštejnská the Ledeboursky, large and small Pallfy, Kolovrat and small Furstenbersky are all joined together to form a whole park made in Italian style terraces dating back to 1700.

Royal Gardens Prague Castle

Ferdinand I of Habsburg created the Royal Gardens in 1534. They are separated from the Castle by the deer moat crossed by the Powders Bridge.
At first they were in Renaissance style later Baroque to acquire an English style later.
At the entrance on the left side there is the Lion Court from the time of Rudolf II. During his reign
wild animals were here and there is also a legend about this place. Rudolf II was an emperor with many personal problems that caused him deep depression. His Astrologer predicted him that his destiny was deeply connected with the destiny of his favorite lion, Mohammed. When the lion died few days later Rudolf II died, too.
Gardens were destroyed at the beginning of the Thirty Years War but were saved during the Prussian invasion of 1741 because the gardener donated 36 pineapples to the Prussian general.

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