Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada)

#8 in Best Things To Do in Prague
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Key Info

Letenská 123/4, 118 00 Malá Strana

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Unsurprisingly, the Wallenstein Garden sits outside the Wallenstein Palace, home of the Senate of the Czech Republic, in Prague’s Malá Strana. Both the geometrically designed garden and the adjacent palace were built between 1623 and 1629. Given the era of the garden’s construction, its Baroque style and immense sala (a type of pavilion) are even more impressive. While the Wallenstein Garden earns its spot on any itinerary, regardless of when you visit, travelers who stroll through the garden during the summer may be treated to a concert or theatrical performance.

Past visitors were particularly appreciative of the Wallenstein Garden’s roaming white peacocks, which certainly add a whimsical feel to the area. Travelers also enjoyed the garden’s water features, ranging from fountains to koi ponds. Additionally, access to the Wallenstein Garden is free, making it a cost-effective place to spend a sunny afternoon.

The garden opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, while it closes daily at 6 p.m. in April, May and October and at 7 p.m. June through September; the garden is closed to the public from October to April. Check out the Wallenstein Garden’s website, which includes more information and a calendar of events. You can also get to the garden via public transit, as several tram stops are spread throughout the area.

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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)

Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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