Posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2:35pm by Zen Recreations
Why choose an Italian style terraced Baroque gardens as your wedding venue?
This facinating garden,
Intimate, elegant and peaceful, the gardens of the Vrtbovský Palác in Prague are perhaps one of the best-kept “open secrets” in Europe. Surrounded by the ornate palace and flanked by the U.S. Embassy, this sculptured hillside garden retreat is owned by the city and is open to visitors, but it can also be booked for private events like weddings and private gatherings. The gardens can host ultra-romantic and private affairs for two or grand open-air celebrations for hundreds.
The gardens are drenched with history and carefully cultured topiary alike; the palace and gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage site and every vantage point serves you with painterly scenes. Terraces, patterned walks, elegant statues and water features are adorned with perfectly trimmed ivy walls and topiary trees. (The décor includes sculptures of the Olympian gods, including renowned signature works by Matthias Bernard Braun.)
The garden was created a century later by Jan Josef, the Count of Vrtba between 1715 and 1720 while the Vrtba family possessed the palace with the garden till 1799.
Once inside, it’s easy to imagine being surrounded by a royal party with bejeweled ladies and stately gentlemen, classical musicians, and butlers carrying trays full of goodies! Even so, glance up from the gaiety and take in the spectacular open-air view of city spires, domes, and rooftops. (A sea-themed pavilion is set atop the terraces, offering a shaded and comfy spot to take in the views of the gardens below and Malà Strana, the “little quarter” of the city.)
Historically, the palace and gardens have passed through several stages and owners of note. Always a scenic location, the original buildings date from the 16th century on vineyards that once belonged to King Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor. The gardens were started in the early 1700’s and later that century the palace was rebuilt as an Italian baroque-styled estate, much as it is today. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the estate was fully renovated and has been open to the public since.
The palace is no stranger to the intrigues of court, as the property was seized by the Hapsburgs (its owner executed) and given to Count Sezima of Vrtba. The Count is credited with the original palace in the 1600’s.
Though the Vrtba garden is claimed by many as the best in Prague, several other baroque gardens are sprinkled through the district and tourists can be easily overwhelmed by “destination” places to visit and things to do. At least three other baroque gardens are close by in the Petřín Hill area of Prague, including Vratislav, Schönborn and Lobkowicz. In addition, Petřín Park and several other gardens are close by – and they are said to be perfect places for romance! (Petřín Park is nicknamed the “park for lovers”!)
Whether you’re looking for a tourist stop, a relaxing getaway, an elegant setting for a gathering or a wedding to remember, put the “secret” Vrtba Gardens and the scenery of Prague higher on your list!
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