Vysehrad is an area down river a bit that provides excellent views over the Vltava. Vysehrad means 'high castle' and that is exactly what this place is, a high castle on the right bank that was once home to King Vratislav II (11th century). The oldest building is the St. Martin's Rotunda, pictured here, which is almost a thousand years old.
Vysehrad is an old fortress most notable I think for its spectaular views from the ramparts across the city and the Vltava and the church of SS Peter & Paul which has many notable Czechs buried in its cemetary including the composers Smetana and Dvorak.
Its well signposted from the metro station and is free to walk around the grounds and cemetery.
If you like to join knowledge and pleasure you have to visit Vysehrad. It is a historical area and the gothic cathedral is located there. It is magic place and the cemetary of important people of the Czech history contribute to this. Beautiful view from walls is another reason why visit this place. When you are satisfy with history take a rest in garden restaurant called "na hradbach" (at the walls) where you can continue looking at the city and tasting a well cold beer.
As you may know, the sculptures on the Charles bridge are actually copies, even it look old, if you want to look for the real one, go to Northern exit of Vyshrad. I guess it is lead to Premyslova. You need to buy entry ticket ( not sure which much ) if you are not satisfy with the copies on the Charles bridge. For me, I am fine with the copies on the bridge.
This first castle of Prague is a bit outside of the main city center, and so it's less crowded with tourists.
From the viewing places on top of the Vysehrad rock you get some other impressions of the city and of the surroundings of Prague.
This is the look to the west!
On a rock over the river Vltava, this is the ancient seat of the Premyslide princes. The oldest building there is the rotunda of St. Martin. In the vicinity of St. Peter and Paul's Church is a residence for canons, casemates, a park, and a cemetery called Slavin containing tombs of famous representatives of Czech culture. From the south part of the fortifications one has a beautiful view of Prague. The Vysehrad site is opened the whole day.
April - October 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March 9.30 a.m. - 5. p.m.
Vyséhrad - ancient legends situate the original seat of the chzech princes - the legendary Princess LIbuse and the first Przemyslides - on this hill. In fact, however, this fort had not been founded until the Prague castle was already in existence, since it dates back to the mid - 10 century. In the latter half of the 11th and in the 12 century Vysherad used to be the Przemyslides princes main residence which brought about a generous building activity wthin its walls. Among noteworthy sights there are the precious romanesque rotunda of St. Martin, the gothic church of St. Peter and Paul (in the late 19th century rebuilt in the neo-gothic style), the Vysherad cemetry (picture) used as a burial site of the Chzech outstanding personalities since 1869 with a collective tomb called Slavin, the underground casemates housing the originals of several baroque statues from the Charles Bridge. The Vysherad site is open the whole day.
Nice castle area with gardens and interesting features. Especially The Church of St Peter and Paul. This must be the most amazing church that we have visited. The interior is beautiful and the wall paintings are original and intact.
“I see a great castle whose glory will reach to heaven; it is located in a deep forest, bounded by the waves of the Vltava. You will find there a man who is digging out a threshold. And because even the great noblemen must bow low before a threshold, you shall give it the name Praha.”
— Princess Libuse, wife of the founder of the Premyslid Dynasty, her prophetic vision of the greatness of Prague and its Castle
LEGENDS IN STONE The four stone sculptural groupings of Josef Vaclav Myslbek (1843-1922) depict mythological figures that are part of Czech cultural tradition; today they are located in the park near the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.
Carved between 1881 and 1895, these monumental works of art are the result of a competition, held by the City of Prague in 1881, to create decorative elements to stand at either end of Palackeho most, Palacky Bridge, which crosses the River Vltava.
Heavily damaged during an air raid on Prague in February 1945, the groupings were brought to Vyšehrad when the bridge was repaired and enlarged in 1947.
One of the most well known works is that of Princess Libuse and Premysi, her ploughman-turned-prince husband (see photo #1).
Aside from visiting the church, spend time in the gardens. I did lay down on the bench near the the church and listened to the ringing of the bells. And later, I went to the gardens at the back of the church and took a nap. It was very nice. Birds singing, fresh air, green grass and lots of trees that provide shades. It was heavenly!
While up there, you won't really think of going down to look for a restaurant to have a fine meal. I am glad that I thought of just going to one of the few stalls in there. When one is tired and one gets to have a beer and sausage for almost nothing (was cheap, I thought) and gets to enjoy them while in the middle of the gardens, one can say that the day is just fantastic!
If you really want to find a romantic spot in Prague, well, my top chance is Vysehrad. Although it is a tourist spot, but actually, the tour will not come to here. Go to thte Slavin ( which is the place take I took this photo) , and go to look for the open space with Prague skyline, you sit down with your girlfriend/boyfriend for an hour without much tourist distribute you. This is one of my best spot in Prague.
I am a big fan of sculptures, not matter big or small. Every sculpture has their own story. Here is another one I found in the graveyard. There are about 30-40 sculptures in the yard, take a walk there.
This is absolutely the most beautiful and interesting graveyard I have ever seen! Nestled behind the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, this cemetery and the surrounding area is a nice way to wind down from the bustle of Old Town and Wenceslas Square. Many famous politicians, artists, writers and musicians are buried here, as is evidenced by the variety and uniqueness of the headstones and tombs. You will want to give yourself at least 3 hours to explore the cemetery, as there are many wonders to see.
There's not much left of the original castle, but the imposing fortress walls and moat are amazing. This trip is well worth doing. You have to get the metro out to Vysehrad and then follow the signs (or your map) but it's worth the visit. There's great views of the river, lots of interesting little buildings, there's a gorgeous and ornate church there too (we saw a wedding party there and consequently, we didn't get to stay inside for very long). We got gorgeous weather and spent all afternoon there. There's a little church that's still being excevated called St Laurence's Church and if you go to the kiosk window, they give you the key and a little leaflet explaining what everything is. Then you go down into this musty, darkened site, through a door and it's amazing (but only if you're into archaeology...)