Vysehrad is the second oldest castle that was created in the middle of the 10th century in Prague. It is located on a rocky cape at the Vltava River. Standing on this cape people can enjoy breath-taking city sceneries. In the par around the castle amazing and interesting architecture treasures are hidden and among them the Roman rotunda Saint Martin stands out brightly, as well as the beautiful neo-gothic Saint Peter and Saint Paul temple and the cemetery Slavin, where some of the most significant personalities from human civilization’s history are buried. The castle attracts the attention with underground wings, a fascinating park and plenty more of awesome things to offer to the visitors.
What to see?
The gothic church Saint John the Baptist
It was constructed during the second half of the 14th century. It survived the Hussite wars, but the transformation of Vysehrad into a baroque fortress during 1653-1727 years turned to be fatal for the temple.
The church Saint Peter and Saint Paul
You can clearly see it from the Prague castle. Each centimeter of the interior in this temple is made with precise attention to the detail in order to turn into perfection. This church is one true architecture miracle!
Saint Marin Rotunda
It dates since the 11th century and it is one of the few original Roman rotundas in the city.
This is the biggest underground space in Vysehrad. The treasure had been primarily made to serve the role of a spot where the armies gathered, as well as for food storage and ammunition storehouse. In the 90s of the previous century the space was renovated and became available for visitors. Today, six of the original statues from the Charles Bridge are preserved.
Inside the gallery you can see lots of curious temporary exhibitions. Unfortunately, Vysehrad Gallery is not accessible to people in wheelchairs.
Vysehrad Summer stage
Theatre performances are arranged here during the warm months of the year.
What to know before a visit of Vysehrad?
- The tour of the whole complex takes nearly 2 to 3 hours
- You can use Vysehrad park for picnics and lovely walks
- In Vysehrad there are a couple of restaurants and fast food amenities where you can stop by if getting hungry after the walk. The prices are, by the way, very decent
- The castle isn’t that popular tourist destination and it’s rare to see crowds of people here, so don’t worry, you can enjoy the place at a full value
- Don’t forget to get comfy shoes, because you are expecting a lot of walking on feet among the castle territory
There’s no entrance fee for a visit or for the tourist objects in the area of Vysehrad, but you should pay if you want to visit the exhibitions.
In Vysehrad guide tours at several different languages, including English, are available. The tours last averagely 1 to 2 hours. For a group minimum 10 people should come to register.
Some of the Vysehrad complex areas are accessible for people with mobility issues, as well as for those in wheelchairs, but there are also terrains that are uneven or covered with steep stairs.