Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada v Troji)

Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada v Troji)

The Garden invites its visitors to see and enjoy open air exhibitions, arranged as an impressive park, the historical Vineyard of St. Claire, Japanese Garden, the tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana together with numerous festive and educational events. The Garden is under continuous development, new expositions are emerging.

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This may be the reason of imaginary disconnection of the whole area of the Garden. So called „Southern Grounds“ is especially worth of seeing because of its open space exhibition with Japanese garden and the St. Claire´s Vineyard, „Northern Grounds“ invite visitors to see another open space exhibition with the Peony Meadow and the collection of frost-hard cacti, nicknamed „Mexico“.

Botanic Garden in  Prague  Troja „SOUTHERN GROUNDS“ AND ST. CLAIRE´S VINEYARD

As „Southern Grounds“ we understand the exhibitions adjacent to the Nádvorní Street together with the St. Claire´s Vineyard, dominated by a small chapel which is consecrated to this Saint. The Japanese Garden is considered to be the most attractive section for visitors of the Open Air Exhibitions. This part of the Botanical Garden invites to calm down and relax. Selection of plants and their placement has been adjusted to emphasize the grace of evergreen shrubs, conifers and deciduous trees; the changes of scenery during the turns of seasons are envisaged.

The Japanese Garden is divided into two subsections. The first one represents the „landscape with mountains, trees, stream and lake“. The remaining part, rather a collection, offers an array of woody species, originating in Japan and China. Collection of Japanese maples and sugis (Cryptomerias) is a true rarity.

During summer, impressive plethora of 300 species and cultivars of perennial and annual plants collection are in blossom in the central bed.

„Southern Grounds“ concentrate a valuable collection of bulbous plants; along the Vineyard´s wall the heaths are displayed together with an array of various bamboo thickets, interesting coniferous trees and shrubs, not to mention deciduous trees and bush.

The Mediterranean and Turkish collection is spread on the sunny slope under the Japanese Garden. Plants of rock steppes, semi-deserts and pastures of the central sections of Asia Minor and mountain flora of the Mediterranean are exhibited here.

Exhibition of irises is displaying the assortment of hybrids of garden irises, ranging from the traditional kinds to the most up-to-date cultivars. Hygrophilous Siberian and Kaempfer’s irises, together with new cultivars of Iris spuria (butterfly or seashore iris) are offered for admiration to our visitors.

Botanic Garden in  Prague  Troja - St. Claire's Vineyard St. Claire’s Vineyard

This tiny chapel is a true centerpiece of overlooking not only the Troja Chateau, but whole Troja. Both the Chateau and the chapel have been built by count Václav Vojtěch Sternberk around 1680. The chapel is consecrated to St. Claire (Klára in Czech).

The Vineyard, which is under protection of law as „National Heritage“; reminds of the past glory of Prague’s viticulture. It is very likely, that this Vineyard was established during the reign of King Vaclav II. in the 13 th century. Originally, this Vineyard was affined to the chateau of Troja. The assortment of wines is really extensive, being partially production-oriented and partially serves as display of wine strains. White must strains are represented by Rhein Riezling, Muller Thurgau, Sauvignon, Moravian Muscatel, Chasselas Blanc to name a few. Red strains are represented by Red Traminer, Blauer Portugieser, Chasselas Rouge, accompanied by other commercially interesting strains of Czech origin. At the display part of the Vineyard, almost complete set of wine strains cultivated and officially acknowledged in Bohemia are fostered, altogether about 50 of them. Our wine store is situated at the old Vineyard house with a wide offer of local wines for sale. Thanks to the South-oriented slope and exposition to the full sun, the grapes reach superb quality. Many highly prized kinds of wine are produced at the St. Claire´s Vineyard, being of typical light, refreshing and harmonic taste. These wines can´t be bought elsewhere, but at St. Claire´s Vineyard.

The Exhibition of viticulture is a part of the Vineyard. Our wine is produced here and if you are interested to see the manufacturing of wines, contact our Guided tours office well ahead.

botanicka-zahrada-troja110927_004 „NORTHERN GROUNDS“

This part of the garden is accessible from the parking lot at K Pazderkám Street. Here we have our cultivation fields, but also very interesting and attractive exhibition Grounds and plant collections. Especially in May and June the Peony meadow is worth of a visit. This grassy area, bordered by woody plants, replenished by perennials and bulbous plants, is planted by a selection of woody peonies and magnolias („sweet bay magnolia“ in the Eastern US). All this is surrounded by herbaceous peonies.

At „Northern Grounds“, an interesting collection of Ilexes (American holly) and shade-loving perennials from deciduous forests of Europe, Asia and America is situated. An array of both dwarf coniferous and foliate trees is nearby. The meadow is close to a peat bog with a small pond, where peat plants are grown.

A real attraction is our exhibition named „Mexico“ – collection of frost-hard cacti, particularly while in blossom. We target the genus Opuntia of North America, but as we want to show plants in their natural habitat, non-succulent plants are on display here, too.

Botanic Garden in  Prague  Troja - Japanese Garden FATA MORGANA

Fata Morgana, the tropical greenhouse is a modern construction with unusual „S“ shaped ground plan which is embedded into rocky terrain. Natural breakup of the rocky surface is artfully exploited for terraced planting of displayed vegetation. This remarkable shape and unique solution for exhibition area is covering approximately 1750 sq. metres and is considered to be unparalleled in Europe.

The interior of the greenhouse is divided into three self – reliant sections with different temperature and humidity, in which the visitor gradually becomes acquainted with the vegetation of tropical and, in part, of subtropical climatic zones, too. The plants are differentiated according to the important phytogeographical regions with the aim to create the conception of natural plant formations.

Xeric vegetation of arid (dry) regions of the tropics and subtropics is on display in the introductory part of the exposition. Australian bush, unique flora of Madagascar, xerophilous vegetation from South Mexico and some regions of Africa is on display in phytogeographically structured expositions.

Central section I the largest part of the greenhouse and stands for lowland rain forest of humid tropics. An underground gallery, bored through the rock connects this part with the succulent section. At its end, huge windows at both sides of the gallery render a look into two immense freshwater aquariums.

Major part of the tropical forest is formed by plant associations of South America and selected regions of Central America, other parts are presenting the flora of Australia and Oceania, Africa and Madagascar, Vietnam, Sunda Isles and the Philippines.

The chilled section is the last part of the greenhouse, presenting the harsh environment of high mountains. Examples of the flora of South American Andes and alpine regions of both mainland and island Asia and subtropical South Africa are displayed in this section. The central part of this exposition is dedicated to rare vegetation of famed table mountains of Venezuela, co called Tepui formation.

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Address
Nádvorní 134,
171 00 Praha 7 – Troja

GPS 50°7’11.590″N, 14°24’48.700″E

Transport connection:

City bus No 112 from subway station Nádraží Holešovice till the stop „ZOO“ or „Botanická zahrada Troja“ and then follow the signs for 3 minutes to the Botanical Garden.

City bus No 144, 102 from Kobylisy subway station till Na Pazderce stop.

Openning Hours & Tickets:

Fata Morgana: Tuesday – Sunday

November – February 9 – 16
March 9 – 17
April – September 9 – 18
October 9 – 17

Open air expositions: daily
November – February 9 – 16
March 9 – 17
April 9 – 18
May – - September 9 – 20
October 9 – 17

Tickets (both Fata Morgana and Open Air Expositions):
Adults CZK 150
Children under 2 years free of charge
Children aged 3 to 5 years CZK 40
Children aged 6 to 15 years CZK 75
Students under 26 years CZK 75
Senior CZK 75
Senior over 70 years CZK 20
Family fee (2 adults and 2 children) CZK 375

Tickets
Open Air Expositions:

Adult CZK 85
Children under 2 years free of charge
Children aged 3 to 5 years CZK 25
Children aged 5 to 15 years CZK 45
Students under 26 years CZK 45
Senior CZK 45
Senior over 70 years CZK 10
Family fee (2 adults + 2 children) CZK 215

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Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada v Troji) 50.118860, 14.412799 Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada v Troji) The Garden invites its visitors to see and enjoy open air exhibitions, arranged as an impressive park, the historical Vineyard of St. Claire, Japanese Garden, the tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana together with numerous festive and educational events. The Garden is under continuous development, new expositions are emerging.

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