The first Bohemian ruler to bear the name of "king" Premsyl Vratislav II (1061-92) built a Royal Palace here to get away from his younger brother who was lording it in the Hrad.
The vrysehrad is a great place to escape the crowds, also to watch the evening sun set behind the Hrad.
There are serveral approaches to the fortress take tram #3,#7,#16',#17 or #21 & as we did go up the hill winding our way up Vratislavova but you can also walk up from Vysehrad metro station.
We were not able to go to the dungeons (kastematy) as they were closed. Open 9.30am - 5pm & 6pm April - Oct 20kr. In here they keep several of the original statues of charles bridge.
There are several cubist villas below the fortress in the Vrysehrad.
The blackened sandstone church of sv Petr and Pavel rebuilt in 1880 in neo-Gothic style. The twin open-work spires are now the fortresses most familiar landmar. If you are lucky you will be able to view the churches polychromwe interior although opening times are a bit odd. Daily except Tuesday 9am-12 & 1pm - 5pm 10kr
We probably would not have found this place had it not been for the son of one of our neighbors who had been an international university student in Prague and suggested we visit. He had evidently lived and studied at Vysehrad and the area. It is a wonderful complex and not on the beaten tourist path. There are also great views of the city and surrounding area from this high vantage point.
This high stronghold overlooking the Vltava River has been here since the late 11th C. It was the site of the original castle which is no longer there and a church which is. It is a pretty quiet and peaceful place and we saw no other tourists as we wandered the lovely landscaped gardens inhabited by some huge and wonderful statues depicting figures of Czech Mythology. Many of Prague's great artists, scribes, musicians and politicians lie buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. Most notable are the graves of Dvorak, Smetana and Mucha.
If you go, take the metro to the Vysehrad stop. I decided it looked more accessible from the river side so we took a tram, got off and had trouble even finding an access point. When we finally did, it required our walking up hundreds of steps.
Vysehrad does not get the crowds of all the centrally located places, as it is about 2km south, along the river. Well worth a visit when you are tired of crowds at Karlov Most (Charles Bridge). Take #17 tram south from there 4 stops. Then you have to walk up the hill. Well, it is a hilltop fortification! Highlight is the cemetery, where the wealthy have monuments of great artistic merit.
We went out to Vysrehad, which I believe is southest of Prague central. There we explored a large cemetery where can be found the remains of many prominent former residents of the city. I found a friend there--my favorite artist, Alfons Mucha. Well, I'm not sure if his bones were there or just a monument to him. In this cemetery are beautiful stones and design that rivals some of the city's great architecture. I realize some people aren't fond of cemeteries, and I used to be one of them. But there is just so much history in them, and they're places that are generally less crowded where you can just soak up the heritage and culture of a country. I love to see graves that are well tended, some humble, some extravagant, but those with candles or token offerings to someone of great historical or personal relevance.
A very pleasant place for romantic walks is Vysehrad, which is associated with the oldest of Bohemian legends. You will find here the national cememtery containing the graves of many famous Czechs, including the romantic poet Macha.
Vysehrad is also associated witht he Celts, and it is here on an open-air stage where Celtic festivals are celebrated. The baroque fortress has a mysterious underground labyrinth of secret military corridors. You can visit the part of the labyrinth that has been restored.
The view from Vysehrad is very beautiful. From the top of the hill you can view the entire city of Prague and the Vltava river. Any time of the day is a good time to visit this area. Its a great place for a quiet picnic lunch or just a quiet stroll. There are few areas of Prague this quiet and green.
Vysehrad is one of the more overlooked areas of Prague. Its a little out of the way but still within the limits of the city. High up on a hill overlooking the city Vyrsehrad has several walking paths to explore. It is a nice departure when you get weary of the crowds in Old Town Square and on the Charles Bridge. There is a Metro station for Vysehrad. However we found out way here from the Convention Center. Its just a short walk from the convention center.
This was a stunning day spent at the Vysyhrad fortifications and cemetery. The monuments and crypts had the presence of a New Orleans masouleum, with the greeneess of Europe rplacing the concreteness of America.
Go back twice because I spent weeks after we left thinking of the shots I missed.
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Vysehrad was supposedly the origins of the first seat of czech royalty. Today perched on top of the wooded crop of rock on which the castle was built - HRAD means castle -are the remains of the baths of Libuse (Prague's prophetess) which was a defence bastion.
After that is straight down to the river!
To see this view of the baths walk through the park with the sculptures and take the path on the right. Here there also good views of the River Vltava.
just in the gateway that we exited on our tour through Wysehrad - the Cihelma (Brick) Gate is an entrance to tunnels that goes underneath the ramparts - guided tour only (small fee payable). Just as we passed the the custodian appeared so we took the opportunity of this short tour. After a short walk inside down narrow dark passageways you come to this huge hall. Here six of the original statues from the Charles Bridge are being stored. When you seee these you realise how dirty the copies of them are on the Charles Bridge.
There is an amazing cemetry attached to the Church of St Peter and St Paul, founded in 1869. Its really worth a wonder in here as its the final resting place of so many Czech famous figures - and they have memorials to match! Especially look on the east side of the cemetry known as the Slavin or the Pantheon - kept for the most honoured czech citizens - such as the compose Antonin Dvorak and the acclaimed artist Mucha.
There is a small charge to vist the church but I think it was worth it - one of the nicest churches that we popped into in Prague. The altar walls were covered in colourful paintings of various saints -some were really detailed and ornate. We were glad to spend a while in here wwhilst we escaped the cold wind which was blowing outside.
Vysehrad is a pleasant few hours diversion away from the centre of Prague - its just a few metro stops away or you could even walk there - just keep walking on past the Fred and Ginger building. Its the site of an 11th century clifftop fortress and has tourist information for the route of the sights there as you enter and exit the area by each of the two main gates. We decided to go by metro, follow the sites and return by the tram as we ended up down by the embankment where the trams run.
On entering Vysehrad you first pass the 17th century Tabor Gate and a bit further on the Leopold Gate with its sculptures atop. These gates are the most impressive of the fortress fortifications.
Just next to the church in Vysehrad are several groups of sculptures by Josef Myslbek. They were originally on Palacky bridge but suffered damage in the war. This one in the picture is of Princess Libuse (heroine of an opeara) and her husbamd Premysl. Legend has it that she looked across the river to where Prague Castle now stands and foretold the the building of a great city. They crossed the river and discovered a man already building the threshold - PRAH - so hence the city's name.
The hilltop of Vysehrad gives one a great look into the city of Prague. It allows you to see down the Vlata valley and into New Town. The park of Vysehrad has many walkways through it and one which follows the outer wall.