Prague Botanical Garden and the Fata Morgana Greenhouse

Fata Morgana
9. 6. 2014

A tropical forest, vineyards, a Japanese garden and rare tree species - all are just a short walk from the city center.

The grounds of the botanical garden are situated on the right bank of the Vltava river near Troja Castle and the Prague Zoo and has a an area of about 50 ha. The most famous part is the Fata Morgana greenhouse, but the garden also includes an outdoor exhibition including vineyards and Japanese gardens.

Tropics in Prague

The tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana is a modern building with an unusual S-shaped layout, embedded in a rocky terrain. The naturally rugged surface of the rock that forms the back wall of the greenhouse is used here for planting plants. The interior of the greenhouse is divided into three separate parts with a different temperature and humidity - dry vegetation of the tropics and subtropics, lowland rain forest humid tropics and cool wet mountains.

Outdoor exhibition and vineyards

The whole area is situated in a basin near the Vltava river. There you will find a tranquil Japanese meditation garden, a sloped section devoted to Mediterranean flora, as well as wetland or forest habitats of Asia and North America. In recent years, the Salabka and St. Clara vineyards have also been restored along with the vineyard buildings. In the peaceful and green botanical gardens you can even enjoy great local Prague wine.

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