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Vysehrad Castle

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Vysehrad Castle is a historic fort in Prague, Czech Republic, that dates back to the 10th century. It is located on a hill overlooking the Vltava River, about 3 km southeast of Prague Castle. Vysehrad Castle was once a royal residence of the Přemyslid dynasty, but it was later abandoned and ruined during the Hussite Wars in the 15th century. It was rebuilt as a Baroque fortress in the 17th century and became part of the city walls.

Vysehrad Castle is open to visitors every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm (6 pm in summer). The entrance fee is 60 CZK for adults and 30 CZK for children, students and seniors. You can also buy a combined ticket for 150 CZK that includes admission to the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Rotunda of St. Martin, the Vysehrad Gallery and the Casemates.

To get to Vysehrad Castle, you can take the metro line C to Vysehrad station and walk for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can take tram number 3, 7, 16 or 17 to Výtoň stop and walk across the Nusle Bridge. You can also take bus number 118 or 124 to Podolská vodárna stop and walk along the river.

Some tips for visiting Vysehrad Castle are:

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there are some steep paths and stairs.
  • Bring a picnic and enjoy the views from the park or the ramparts.
  • Visit the Vysehrad Cemetery, where many famous Czechs are buried, such as composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, writers Karel Čapek and Božena Němcová, and painter Alfons Mucha.
  • Watch the changing of the guard at noon every day at the Leopold Gate.
  • Join a guided tour to learn more about the history and legends of Vysehrad.

Some prohibitions for visiting Vysehrad Castle are:

  • Do not climb on the walls or monuments.
  • Do not litter or damage the plants and flowers.
  • Do not feed or disturb the animals.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol inside the buildings.
  • Do not use flash photography or tripods in the Basilica or the Rotunda.

Some things to see at Vysehrad Castle are:

  • The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, a neo-Gothic church with impressive stained glass windows and frescoes.
  • The Rotunda of St. Martin, the oldest surviving building in Prague, dating from the 11th century.
  • The Casemates, underground tunnels that were used as shelters and storage rooms during wars.
  • The Brick Gate, a Gothic tower that was part of the original fortifications.
  • The Libuše’s Bath, a rock formation that legend says was used by Princess Libuše, the mythical founder of Prague, to bathe and prophesy.

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