The Vrtba Garden in Prague Lesser Town is regarded as probably the most beautiful Baroque garden in the whole Central Europe. It is situated on a slope and the originality of the architectural design, dealing with the irregular space, is unique. Vrtba Garden is registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The garden was built for the Vrtba Palace in 1720. The owner Jan Josef Count of Vrtba entrusted the architect F. M. Kanka to design it.
Terraces of Vrtba Garden
Vrtba Garden has three terraces on the steep slope. The terraces are connected by staircases, decorated with vases and statues of Antique gods by Matthias Braun. The lowest flower terrace has a rounded fountain in the middle and a sala terrena, decorated with paintings by V. V. Reiner. The terrace at the top has a pavilion and it provides a beautiful view over Prague Lesser Town, Old Town, New Town and on the Prague Castle.
The entrance at the Karmelitska Street leads to the garden gateway, adorned with a sculpture of Atlas holding a globe and two allegorical sculptures of Wealth and Richness by Matthias Bernard Braun.
Vrtba Garden at the present time
The Vrtba family possessed the palace with the garden till 1799. Then the garden became desolate. The inevitable restoration came in 1990s.
At the present time, it is possible to rent the Vrtba Garden for private activities such as garden parties, meetings and weddings.