Vyšehrad is a national cultural monument in Prague. The hilltop castle complex was originally from the 10th century with a vantage point over the Vltava River. The royal residence in Prague alternated between Prague Castle and Vysehrad for a couple of centuries.
My stay last week at Park Inn Prague in Nové Město district placed me near the bottom of the hill for a walk to Vyšehrad. I was able to reach the hilltop in about 15 minutes.
The views from Vyšehrad are delightful on a clear day and the crowds of people are either nonexistent or a small fraction of the tourist crowd one finds at Prague Castle 4 km to the north (seen in the distance in photo). In the couple of times I have visited Vysehrad while in Prague this year, there appeared to be more locals walking and jogging the ramparts than tourists.
Wide paved paths allow walking the hilltop perimeter for 360 degree views of Prague.
Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul
Czech King Vratislav II founded a church on Vysehrad in 1070. The current gothic cathedral is from 1890-1903.
The area was peaceful and quiet at 8am in the morning. The air was already warm on a July summer day when the temperature was preparing to climb to near 90F.
The views over the Vltava are some of the best in Prague.
Besides great views from Vysehrad, this is a good place to get into shaded green park space on a hot summer day.
I joked with Kelley that there is not a block in Prague without a pub. There are a few places for beer on Vysehrad too.
The wall complex around Vysehrad is an immense fortification extending down the hill and across part of the city.
Prague Castle, Stare Mesto (Old Town) and Mala Strana were packed with thousands of tourists all day during our week in Prague.
Vysehrad is a quiet place to chill out in Prague, far from the madding crowd.
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