Situated on the slope of Petřín Hill, Vrtba or Vrtbovská Garden (Vrtbovská zahrada) is one of the most precious and beautiful Baroque gardens in central Europe. It might be quite difficult to find it since it’s hidden behind an unnoticeable gate. As a monument written on the UNESCO list, Vrtba Garden keeps its original look from 18th century.
The creation of this magnificent garden is associated with the construction boom around 1720. Designed by František Maxmilián Kaňka, the garden retained its Baroque style, while the Vrtba Palace underwent radical changes during the following centuries. Although not large, the garden offers everything one might expect from a Baroque garden - elefant staircases, decorated banisters, terraces, flower bed, hedges and statues.
The statue and sculpture decorations are the works of the great Baroque sculptor Matyáš Bernard Braun. You can also see the work of the Czech painter Václav Vavřinec Reiner, for instance, the fresco on the vault depicting Venus and Adonis. In 1990-1998 the Vrtba Garden underwent complete reconstruction with a static reinforcement. According to many, the third terrace at the Vrtba Garden offers the best view of the St Nicholas Cathedral.
The garden was opened to public on 3rd June 1998 and is now owned by the City of Prague.