Walking Tour: Malá Strana Gardens
- Start Malostranská metro
- End Petřín Hill
- Length 2.5km; 1½ hours
Except for Vojan, the gardens are open April to October only, but the walk is still worth doing in winter.
From Malostranská metro station head west along Valdštejnská to find the entrance to the Palace Gardens beneath Prague Castle. After exploring the gardens, return to Valdštejnská and turn right, then left into the Wallenstein Palace and through the courtyard to the Wallenstein Garden. Head for the northeastern corner and leave through the gate beside Malostranská metro station. Turn right on Klárov and continue along U Lužického semináře. A gate on the right leads to the Vojan Gardens, a peaceful corner where local folk sit in the sun on the park benches.
Continue along U Lužického semináře and bear left across the little bridge over the Čertovka. Pass under Charles Bridge and through the picturesque square of Na Kampě into the leafy riverside park known as Kampa, one of the city’s favourite chill-out zones and home to the modern art collections of the Kampa Museum.
Retrace your steps and bear left along Hroznová, which leads to a bridge over the Čertovka beside a water wheel. The bridge is covered with padlocks placed there by couples as a sign of enduring love.
The bridge leads to a tiny cobbled square with the John Lennon Wall on one side and the baroque palace that houses the French embassy on the other. The far end of the square curves right, past the severe Gothic towers of the Church of Our Lady Below the Chain. Turn left opposite the church and bear right along Prokopská; cross busy Karmelitská and turn right.
Just past the bar called U Malého Glena is an alley on your left that leads to the Vrtbov Garden, one of Malá Strana’s least visited, but most beautiful, gardens.