If you are about to visit Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, then we can highly recommend you to discover one of its magnificent places – Vyšehrad. It is not only known for spires, which can be easily seen from the city center, but also for its sacred monuments and buildings, which are dated back to the 14th century. Some of its earliest mentioning can be found in documents dating 3-4 thousand years BC. Getting to Vyšehrad is extremely easy, as well, – just hop on the red/C metro line, and get off at the Vyšehrad station, the pointers around the station will guide you to the monuments. Usually, it takes from two to five minutes to get there from the metro.
The first place worth visiting in the area is Old Burgrave’s House. It is a baroque palace, established at the end of the 14th century when Charles IV was in power. In the 18th century, Old Burgrave’s House was used as a fortress before undergoing some renovations. It is also an excellent place for children, as they might enjoy plenty of art workshops and masterclasses, held on Sundays. Old Burgrave’s House also offers cultural and creative programs, including children’s theatre, which only runs in Czech. The entrance fees are under 100 Kč and vary depending on the type of the event. Also, there is a playground outside of the palace for super energetic and adventurous kids.
Vyšehrad Galerie is another building situated in the Vyšehrad area. It is located in the former building of a guard tower, which was built in 1350, during the reign of Charles IV. Generally, the exhibitions are devoted to young Czech modern artists, who are currently embarking on their careers. Vyšehrad Galerie is open daily, except for the national and public holidays. Tickets cost 20 Kč, and the special discounts are available for children, students, and the elderly with the valid ID card.
The third monument, which is also relatively new, is The Brick Gate. It was built in 1841 in the Empire style as a part of the road to Tábor with the initiative of Karel Chotek, who was then the governor of Prague. The Brick Gate consists of three paths: one is for vehicles, one is for pedestrians, and the last one is for guards. Nowadays, the modern audiovisual installation is available here for free! The 3-D technology will show you the history of Vyšehrad in meticulous details, illustrating how it was growing and developing until the 21st century. The Brick Gate is open daily, except for the public and national holidays.
The Casemates and Gorlice is another monument situated in Vyšehrad, where exhibitions and theatrical projects take place. It is a complex system of underground corridors, which were built during the 17th-18th centuries. The Casemates and Gorlice has a length of 1 kilometer, a width of 1.5 meters, and a height of 2 meters. In the past, food and weapons for the military troops were kept in The Casemates and Gorlice. Today, it is open daily for the price of 90 Kč – the reduced tickets are also available.
Gothic Cellar was built in the second half of the 14th century while Charles IV was still the king. Historians are inclined to believe that it was used as a storage room. Gothic Cellar was partly ruined by Hussite troops in 1420 and reconstructed together with Old Burgrave’s House. Visitors can enjoy a permanent exhibition about Vyšehrad’s different time periods. Gothic Cellar is open daily, except for the national and public holidays. The admission fee is 70 Kč; the discounted price is available for children, students, and the elderly with valid ID.
The last cultural monument is Open-air theatre. The construction of the theatre was done by the Viennese government in 1848 in response to the failed uprising in Prague. Open-air theatre was never used for its initial purpose, and stopped being a position for mortar bombardment of the city in 1911. It is open from May to September, depending on the weather, except for the national and public holidays. There is access for wheelchairs and strollers as well. The price depends on the type of performance, so feel free to check the exact price on the official website of Vyšehrad.