Wallenstein palace and garden

Wallenstein palace and garden Wallenstein palace and garden Wallenstein palace and garden

Description

Wallenstein Palace (Czech: Valdštejnský palác) is a Baroque palace in Malá Strana, Prague, currently the home of the Czech Senate. The original Palace was built in years 1623-1630 by Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Mecklenburg (1583-1634), who made his name and fortune as the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial forces in the Thirty Years War. Emperor Ferdinand II feared Albrecht of Wallenstein’s calculating mind and had him assassinated in 1634 in the town of Cheb. He lived in the palace for only a year before his death. A key feature of the palace is the system of corridors that connects all parts of the palace. In many palaces of the period it was necessary to go from room to room to move around, but it was possible for the Duke of Wallenstein to walk from the main Audience hall to his private study and then around the gardens to the stables at the north end of the palace complex via the corridors. The famous garden was built along with the palace itself and originally it was in italian style. The structure is square and a part of it is a pond with golden chinese carps. There are several peacocks wandering in the garden amongst perfectly maintained decorating trees and grass. There is also a unique dripstone wall and a huge aviary with owls. You find entrance to the gardens from Malostranska underground station or from Walleinstain square.