Prague Pruhonice Park and Dendrological Garden
Pruhonice Park near Prague
In Pruhonice Park you can not only relax, but also gain insight and inspiration for arranging your own garden. The science of botany and landscaping meets public in Pruhonice. You can see the unique collection of rhododendrons or a 3 hectare Alpine Garden.
Over a hundred years old Pruhonice Park few kilometres from Prague is a masterpiece of landscaping and a place where you can find traditional Czech woods and plants arranged together with exotic species from various regions of the world. The total surface area of Pruhonice Park is 250 hectares and you can walk on 23 km of footpaths.
The area is divided in half by the Botic Stream and includes several ponds and the Romanesque church of the Holy Virgin Birth. Pruhonice Park was founded by Count Arnost Emanuel Silva-Tarouca in 1885 and today it is included in the Cultural Heritage List of first category and the Historical Gardens List by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).
There has been an evidence of settlement in Pruhonice since 13th century. The castle which is a part of Pruhonice Park area today was originally a Gothic structure, it was rebuilt several times and its todays look is a result of the reconstruction in late 19th century in the Czech Neo-Renaissance style.
Since 1962 Pruhonice Castle has hosted The Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Part of the castle is open to public. There you can see an exposition dedicated to the castle’s and park’s history and botany: Pruhonice Castle & Park, Masterpiece of Nature and Human Mind.
The rest of the castle is closed to public and serves as a scientific research place in a variety of botanical disciplines.
The core of Pruhonice Park is the Dendrological Garden, occupying 73 hectares. It contains many thematic groups of plants and wood arranged to fit together and align well with the whole park. The west side of the Dendrological Garden contains the most valuable collections of rhododendrons and azaleas. There are signs describing the plants in the Garden.
The Dendrological Garden hosts various events during the year, like Tree’s Day, Children’s Day, and several lectures and seminars by botany specialists. Children can have fun in the Pirate Village playground at the entrance.
What is allowed in the Dendrological Garden
Walking on the paths and low cut lawns.
What is not allowed in the Dendrological Garden
Dogs and other pets. Cycling. Picking anything (plants, mushrooms).
Pruhonice Park is open all year round every day.
The Dendrological Garden is open from April to October from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. On Mondays it is closed.
Getting to Pruhonice Park
By car: Pruhonice is a community located south-east of Prague by the highway to Brno (D1 or E50). You exit the highway at Exit 6 (Pruhonice).
By Prague public transport: Take metro line C to Opatov Station. From Opatov take bus number 324, 325, 328, 363, or 385 to the stop Cestlice, Global. Note that Pruhonice is not a part of Prague and you need a more expensive ticket (CZK 32 one way).
More information and contact
Full name of the garden is The Dendrological Garden of the Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape & Ornamental Gardening.
For more details about Pruhonice Park and the Dendrological Garden, as well as contact information, visit the website of the Municipality of Pruhonice.