The Vrbta Garden is one of three Baroque-style gardens gracing the Czech Republic‘s capital, Prague. This gorgeous, stacked garden is filled with marble and stone sculptures, beautiful plants and flowers, a fantastic view of the city, and even a cute cat or two! A hidden gem of Prague, it was one of my favorite places in the city, and while the entrance isn’t obvious at all, in fact, from the outside, it seems like another sidestreet or alleyway, it’s well worth hunting down for excellent views and a beautiful space to feel like you have the city to yourself.
The Vrbta Garden
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Address: Karmelitská 25
118 00 Malá Strana
Admission: 120,- Kč (roughly €5 or $5)
Hours: Seasonal April – October 10 am – 6 pm
Designation: UNESCO World Heritage Site
Handicap Accessible: Partially
(Dirt paths, parts are inaccessible due to stairs)
The Vrbta Garden was planted in 1720 for Count Vrbta, but it underwent significant transformations since then, and it was significantly altered numerous times. Open seasonally from April to October, this garden is an oasis in Prague’s old town, and it’s worth a visit for the incredible views alone. If you’re a botany enthusiast as I am, then there’s even more of a reason to visit this beautiful place.
The staff here spoke enough English to sell us two tickets, but beyond that, they didn’t understand the questions we asked, which was fine. After all, we’re in Prague, we should be able to speak some Czech. Regardless, even without being able to communicate extremely well, we had no trouble finding the garden, buying tickets, or making our way through it. We visited first thing upon the garden opening, and it was completely empty throughout our visit.
There aren’t many signs within the garden, no guides to slow you down, nor are there any special exhibits, save for the songbird enclosure to the left of the city view from the stairs. This simple garden is made to be appreciated rather than studied, and that’s precisely what we did. It’s next to the Aria Hotel, so guests staying there can be certain they’ll have excellent views, includible natural beauty, and easy access to this beautiful space.
I really loved visiting this beautiful garden. It was serene, unique, and a work of art in and of itself. Gardens are such a wonderful window into what makes a region special. They allow visitors to enjoy native plants in breathtaking arrangements that are creatively thought out and carefully planned, and even regional differences between gardens are stunning. If you visit Prague, and I hope you do, I can’t say enough wonderful things about this verdant garden.