Prague Castle Garden Na Baště hides surprise

In the very heart of Prague Castle, there is a small, but beautiful garden called Zahrada na Baště. The garden is unique, because it has been preserved to this day in the form that was designed in the years 1930-1933 by famous Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik.*



To the displeasure of many Czech architects, president T. G. Masaryk chose this brilliant Slovenian architect for the modern design of Prague Castle. Plečniks distinctive style is based on ancient cultures, from Egyptian to Etruscan to Cretan, is also influenced by Venetian and Roman architecture, but is completely distinctive and modern.

In addition to Masaryk's viewpoint, the garden is famous for its beautiful landscaping, sometimes reminiscent of a Japanese garden.

Not so many people know about the interesting detail, which you can also find here  – Plečnik staircase.



This semicircular staircase is designed so that when you stand and speak in the middle of the circle on its landing, facing the garden, you will hear your voice echo. And not just any kind, it sounds like you are talking to yourself from below!

And how do you find this little gem? A wide metal gate located next to the Archbishop's Palace on Hradčanské Square leads to the garden. Access is also possible on the east side of II. castle courtyard through a passage in the palace.


Do you want to hear more? Try one of our tours with Prague Castle. For example The Best of Prague. 


*Josip Plečnik

(January 23, 1872 - January 7, 1957) Slovenian architect Josip or Jože Plečnik came to Prague in 1910 to teach decor in architecture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Ten years later, the Czechoslovak government appointed him the chief architect of Prague Castle. He worked on the alterations of the castle complex until the mid-1930s. He was also called to Lány (the seat of czech presidents), designed buildings in his home city of Ljubljana and Vienna, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts together with the Czech architect Jan Kotěra.

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