Vyšehrad

Vyšehrad

The Vyšehrad is a historical fort located in the south next to the center of the city of Prague.

It was probably built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Founded as the second Prague castle in the 10th century, local legend holds that Vyšehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague, though thus far this claim remains unsubstantiated. The fabled princess Libuše foresaw the future glory of Prague from Vyšehrad, but in actual fact, it was renovated a several times in Romanesque and Gothic art. The present-day appearance of the Vyšehrad is however the one of a a baroque fortress. Today, the Vyšehrad is a famous spot for tourists, because of five very characteristic aspects of the place. Furthermore, it is real huge place. To explore the whole area, you can definitely spent a whole day there. What makes the area so huge are the great parks inside the fort. They are a meeting point for joggers and tourists, who are walking around the ramparts, but also local people and families, having a picnic with their friends there, if the weather is good. Always present is the high tower of the Chapter Church of Peter and Paul, impressing you with his nice baroque façade. Also very impressing is the stunning view you get almost from every corner of the Vyšehrad. Finally, the old Slavin cemetery is also a real tourist magnet, because of the many famous Czech figures buried there, among them for example Antonín Dvořák or Alphonse Mucha.

http://www.mapsofprague.com/vysehrad

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