A hidden gem in Prague: Troja gardens open to the public this weekend

Troja Castle garden

The Open Gardens festival will be taking place across Prague this weekend, with different gardens scheduling unique programming. The festival is the perfect opportunity to learn about the unique art and architecture featured in gardens throughout the city.

Photo: Open Gardens festival

This weekend is the annual Open Gardens festival in Prague, where visitors can explore the beautiful green spaces the city has to offer. The Open Gardens festival originated in London- the aim was to open up gardens that are typically closed to the public once a year, and the idea quickly spread to other European nations. This year, a total of 269 gardens will be participating in the festival across Czechia, with 21 of them being in Prague.

Pavlína Šulcová, coordinator of Prague City Gallery & the Troja Castle garden, told us about what’s in store this weekend in Troja.

“I always recommend that people visit the Troja garden because it’s really a hidden gem here in Prague. In just a few minutes you can be in the countryside by a castle that’s in the style of a Roman Baroque villa with beautiful gardens. It’s something quite unique if you’re searching for some green space in the city of Prague. This weekend will be Open Gardens weekend, and we are joining in on this festival to open our garden to visitors, and there are all kinds of activities that have been planned by the educational department of the gallery. Workshops for kids and adults, visiting the gallery, and exploring inside the castle will all be possible.”

Troja Castle | Photo: Juan Pablo Bertazza,  Radio Prague International

The Troja gardens are unique and many locals might recognize the area from films and television, shows, as Pavlína describes the garden and castle is often used for filming period pieces.

“I would say that Troja Castle garden also gives a great artistic combination as well as green space. There is a beautiful castle with a baroque staircase, and there are all kinds of artistic elements that the guests will appreciate, it’s a great place to spend a nice afternoon. Also, the castle has been used for filming, so people might recognize some of the frames from films, as the garden is a famous location for filmmakers in Prague if they are doing a period piece.”

Troja Castle garden | Photo: Štěpánka Budková,  Radio Prague International

In addition to wandering the grounds of the castle and garden, visitors can also enjoy some live music in Troja this weekend. This Sunday will be the first in a series of concerts at the garden, as Pavlína explains.

“The first in a series of concerts we are launching at Troja Castle in the Sonic Garden will start this Sunday with a performance by Morasten. If the weather cooperates, the concert will take place under the chestnut trees outside, so it’s a nice opportunity to chill and listen to some tunes in the open air. The show will start on Sunday at 5pm in the garden of the Troja Castle.”

So if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to explore one or two of the many green spaces in our city, Open Gardens Prague will be running Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th this year. You can visit their website for additional information on each garden and their scheduled programming. Bear in mind that while some gardens provide free entry, some may charge fees in order to support festival programming.

Photo: Open Gardens festival