The hilltop spot inviting a peaceful walk… a place where myths blend with history…
Vyšehrad, a historic quarter located atop a rocky promontory, is the cradle of a number of myths. Their central figure is the first Czech princess, Libuše, a woman with long braids of blond hair that was thought to have oracle skills and chose her seat at Vyšehrad in the beginnings of our history. According to legends, she was also the one who both predicted and initiated the foundation of the glorious city of Prague…
For a short period of time, Vyšehrad was also the seat of Czech princes, who built sumptuous buildings here. Among those, the St. Martin rotunda has survived intact, as well as the many-times-remodeled church of St. Peter and Paul. This church surprises visitors with its ever present Art-Nouveau frescoes, as well as a stunning medieval panel-painting known as the Virgin Mary of Rain, once believed to bring rain to our ancestors.
In the Baroque period, Vyšehrad was rebuilt into a fortress in the shape of a star, a shape inspired by French fort architecture. A walk along the individual star points provides us a nearly circular view of the city, the Vltava River and the hills on the opposite bank.
Another truly interesting place within the fortress is Slavín, the cemetery of famous key figures of the Czech nation. We will stop by their graves, many of which are true works of art, of significant patriots the names of many you are likely to recognize – Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Alphonse Mucha, Milada Horáková and others.
The tour of Vyšehrad (the name of which could be literally translated as High Castle) is a great choice for those who wish to escape the rush of downtown and touch the soul of ancient mythological stories. It’s perfect if you enjoy impressive panoramic views, beautiful artworks or just some time for an in-depth talk with your guide about life in the Czech Republic.
The basic route of this tour can be optionally enhanced by the guided visit to the interior of St. Peter and Paul Church or a stop in a local café:
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THIS TOUR, ACCOMPANIED BY YOUR PRIVATE GUIDE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS:
... this ancient church, currently reconstructed in the Neo-Gothic style, was richly decorated with bands of Art-Nouveau frescoes in the beginning of the 20th century by František Urban and his wife Marie. They found inspiration in our national history and also painted an entire gallery-display of Christian saints. Aside from these, the church provides the opportunity to admire the work of one of greatest Czech Baroque painters, Karel Škréta.
... if you’d like, your guide can tell you about selected subjects regarding Czech society during this pleasant stop (for example the sociological character of life in our country).
2 ½ - 3 ½ hours according to your choice of sights
The listed rate is a price per HOUR OF GUIDE SERVICE FOR THE GIVEN NUMBER OF PERSONS. Yours will be a private tour, so these would only be the number of people you travel with and for whom you order. We most often structure Prague tours into ½ day blocks (3-4 hours each). To get your expected total tour price, multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours. You will then pay for the actual number of hours guided during your tour.
|Number of Persons||Hourly Rate|
|1||28 € = $35|
|2||32 € = $39|
|3||32 € = $39|
|4||36 € = $45|
|5||36 € = $45|
|6||39 € = $49|
|More persons||Individual calculation|
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