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Vyšehrad, Prague

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Vyšehrad is a historic fort located in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. It also contains one of Prague's oldest surviving buildings, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century. The oldest buildings in Prague are located within Prague Castle. The Basilica St. Martin, which was built from 900-950, and the Church of the Virgin Mary, which was built in the year 870.Local legend holds that Vyšehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague, though thus far this claim remains unsubstantiated.HistoryWhen the Přemyslid dynasty settled on the current site of Prague Castle, the two castles maintained opposing spheres of influence for approximately two centuries. Like this the second seat of the Czech sovereigns was established on a steep rock directly above the right bank of the Vltava river, in the 10th century. The zenith of Vyšehrad was during the second half of the 11th century, when Vratislav transferred his seat from Prague Castle, and the original fort was remodelled as a complex comprising a sovereign's palatial residence, church and seat of the chapter. The period of growth ended around 1140 when Prince Soběslav moved his seat back to Prague Castle.
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  • Old walls and great views in many directions to the city. Free to visit and peaceful when crowds are staying in other places.  more »
  • Located in the south of the city, it requires a level of fitness to walk up in one motion as there are lots of steep stairs/hills in general but there are several places to stop and admire the view on...  more »
  • Great to walk along the top of the walls and through the park, which is very peaceful and has amazing views too  more »
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  • My wife and I walked up here today during a day exploring the city. The Vyšehrad is a beautiful relaxing place to be. Parks are clean and good condition. Very relaxing if walking around or just sitting on the grass or the many seats situated around. Nice place to people watch and listen to the birds. Excellent views of Prague and the river. An absolute must see place to visit, although during the summer is best on a nice day. Even locals would enjoy it.
  • Nice panoramic views. Good park outside. Wind is strong and sun heats noticeably enough, take your sunglasses. Great cathedral, be sure to visit it before 18:00.
  • Area around is calm and beautiful. Castle itself is impressive and has good view. Note that it's located on a hill and it takes some time and energy to get there on foot. Castle tour is boring, looks like guide got bored to tell same jokes and stories several times a day.
  • Go if you want a nice view over Prague and stroll over the old fortifications! At the top next to St. Martins rotunda there is an outdoor space with Picknick tables where the serve grilled meet and vegetables
  • Go to Hospůdka Na Hradbách. It's like a sanctuary. The food from the Grill is quite good and affordable, Drinks are also very good and cheap. You can easily spend a few hours here if you want to chill for a while.