Vyšehrad is one of the most beautiful parts of Prague. It is steeped in history and culture, and is home to some of the city's oldest buildings. The site is hugely popular for its Baroque style architecture and museum, and the castle is a well-known feature on Prague's skyline.
Visit Prague’s Upper CastleVyšehrad Castle, meaning Upper Castle in Czech, was built in the 10th century by Vratislav II and sits in a dominating position by the Vltava River. The castle has been the site of many significant events and has played a pivotal role in the development of the city, being involved in the Hussite Wars, as well as serving a royal residence in its past.
The Basilica of St. Peter and St. PaulOne of the main attractions in the castle grounds is the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. This is an imposing neo-Gothic church that dates back to the 11th century. The church is comprised of two impressive stone spires and features an intricately beautiful stone mosaic at its entrance. Round the back of the structure is Vyšehrad cemetery, the burial place of many famous Czech people, such as the composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák and Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.
Vyšehrad also contains the Rotunda of St Martin, a Romanesque building that is believed to be the oldest in Prague. This structure was used as a gunpowder storehouse during the Thirty Years’ War and still has a cannon ball embedded in its wall from the Prussian Occupation in the 1700’s.
Plan your own walking tour of VyšehradIf you are planning to visit the area, then create your own walking tour so you can see all that this historic site has to offer. You can also follow pre-made walking tours, such as that by Prague Guide. This tour takes you from the metro to all the main attractions and gives a little extra info on each part. You can also join a guided tour with them or one of the other tour companies.
The beauty of Vyšehrad can be easily experienced from the centrally located Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague. Situated in the heart of the city, the elegant hotel provides guests with excellent access to the city's transport system as well as other main tourist attractions.