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Vysehrad

Paddle steamer under Vysehrad rock © Stanislav Jelen
Paddle steamer under Vysehrad rock © Stanislav Jelen

Sitting on a hill above the Vltava River, The Vysehrad Citadel has played an important part in Czech history for over 1000 years, serving as a royal residence, religious centre and military fortress. Today, many still view it as Prague's spiritual home. The citadel's centerpiece is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, its twin spires of the Neo-Gothic Saints Peter and Paul Church visible from as far away as Prague Castle. No other site in the city has as much distinction attached to it. Behind the church is the Slavin Cemetery, where many distinguished Czech artists, scientists, doctors, poets and academics are buried. The hill also boasts one of Prague's original rotundas, the Rotunda of St Martin, which dates from the 11th century. From the battlements the view of the Vltava Valley is superb, and many tourists in Prague come to Vysehrad simply to take pictures of the impressive vista.

Address: V Pevnosti 159/5b, Prague 2

Website: www.praha-vysehrad.cz

Telephone: 241 410 247 or 241 410 348

Transport: Metro to Vysehrad on the C line.

Opening times: Daily 9.30am to 6pm (April to October), 9.30am to 5pm (November to March)

Admission: Vysehrad Gallery: CZK 20; the Brick Gate and Casement: CZK 60 (including guide); Gothic Cellar: CZK 50. Concessions available. Entrance to the grounds is free.