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Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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Vyšehrad

Published on July 30th, 2015 in Sights

  • Vyšehrad tunnel - Postcard, c.1910 (photo courtesy of www.kkvys.cz)

  • Vyšehrad, Prague’s ‘Other’ Castle, C. 1920

  • Vyšehradský tunnel, c.1903-1905 (photo courtesy of www.kkvys.cz)

  • Vyšehrad cemetary (photo courtesy of www.hrbitovy.cz)

  • Vyšehrad cemetery (photo credit: Gary Denham, www.flickr.com/photos/garyjd/532317142/)

  • Vyšehrad cemetary (photo courtesy of www.hrbitovy.cz)

  • Vyšehrad cemetery, grave of actor Vlasta Burian (photo credit: klon2v, www.foto.mapy.cz)

  • Vyšehrad cemetery (photo credit: Alejandro Forero Cuervo, www.flickr.com/photos/aforero/2843770827)

  • Czech cubist building (Neklanova 30), c. 1914

 

If you fancy a visit to a castle with more history than tourist crowds, Vyšehrad is just what you’re looking for. Perched on a rocky hilltop above the Vltava River, Vyšehrad dates back to the 10th century and was the longtime home of Prague’s early Přemyslid princes. More ancient ruin than functioning castle, Vyšehrad is still very much worth your time, especially if the weather is nice. While the winding paths and sweeping views attract many locals seeking picturesque strolls, the site is virtually ignored by tourists.

 

When you visit, take the time to walk through the leafy and serene National Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Czechs, from the composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana to the painter Alfons Mucha. Additionally, many of the sculpted memorials are simply fabulous. Although there has been a church at this site since the 14th century, the present one, called the Church of St. Peter and Paul, dates from the beginning of the 20th century and you’ll immediately recognize the Art Nouveau influence throughout the Neo-Gothic design of the church’s interior.

 

Also, if you’ve fallen in love with Czech Cubist architecture, be sure to follow the steep path down to the river and stop at the following destinations to see several fabulous examples of this unique architectural style that were designed by Josef Chochol

 

Neklanova 2 & 30: Two apartment blocks
Rašínovo nábřeží 6–10: Family houses
Libušina 3: Kovařovic Villa
  

 

 

 

Vyšehrad

V Pevnosti 5b, Prague 2, Vyšehrad
www.praha-vysehrad.cz
tel 241 410 348
metro Vyšehrad, then a 10-minute walk; there will be signs to follow.
tram 3, 7, 17, 21 to Výtoň or 7, 18, 24 to Albertov, then a 10-minute walk uphill.
(I recommend the Metro option)
 

 

 

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