Vyšehrad Castle

The Vyšehrad complex is one of the most important historic sites in Prague. It was the original seat of Czech sovereigns, most likely built in the 10th century, and served as a fortified settlement. In the 17th century, it was converted into a military fortress. Nowadays, Vyšehrad is a favourite sightseeing spot for visitors and locals alike.

The fortress is situated on a rock promontory, high above the Vltava River, with magnificent views of historic Prague and Prague Castle. The Vyšehrad area also includes: the Romanesque Rotunda of St Martin, the neo-Gothic Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the underground casemates ‘narrow passage), and the national cemetery, Slavín. Over 600 distinguished Czech personages are buried in the Slavín cemetery.

Visitors come to Vyšehrad to discover its historic monuments and spend time exploring the environs. A large park, a beer garden, and a restaurant with a terrace form part of the complex. There is also a snack bar and a souvenir shop. Vyšehrad features a children’s playground themed on characters from ancient Czech legends, who are closely connected with the area.

Useful information for visitors

Location

GPS coordinates: 50.0645881N, 14.4178214E

Getting to Vyšehrad

The closest metro station is Vyšehrad, line C (red line) which is a five-minute walk to the Vyšehrad complex.

It is also possible to approach Vyšehrad from the riverside. The closest tram stops are Albertov (trams 7, 8, and 24) and Výtoň (trams 3, 7, 16, and 17). The tram stops are located at the base of Vyšehrad with a steep ascent to the complex.

Opening hours

The Vyšehrad complex is open all year 24 round. Scheduled opening times apply to the historic monuments and exhibitions only.

Opening hours of most buildings:

April-October: 9:30am – 6:00pm
November-March: 9:30am – 5:00pm

The Basilica of St Lawrence

July-August: 10:00am – 5:30pm

NOTE: The basilica is closed outside the summer months for archaeological research.

The Vyšehrad Gallery

November-22 December: 9:30am – 5:00pm
March: 9:30am – 5:00pm
April-October: 9:30am – 6:00pm
January-February:             closed

Children’s playground

May-September: 8:00am – 8:00pm
October-April: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Admission

The Casemates + Gorlice

Admission: 60 CZK
Discount admission: 30 CZK
Family admission: 120 CZK

Gothic Cellar + permanent exhibition “The Historic Faces of Vyšehrad”

Admission: 50 CZK
Discount admission: 30 CZK
Family admission: 150 CZK

The Vyšehrad Gallery

Admission: 20 CZK

Wheelchair access is not available due to the narrow stairs.

The Old Burgrave’s residence (Citadel)

Fairy tale performances and evening events are organised at the site. Admission costs from 60 to 180 CZK.

Guided tour

Underground tunnels, the exhibition of 6 Baroque sculptures from Charles Bridge in Gorlice, the permanent exhibition, “Vyšehrad and the History of Prague’s Fortification” and Vyšehrad´s exteriors

A guided tour is 90 minutes long and costs 120 CZK/person, students and seniors 90 CZK (minimum 10 people).

Guide services are available in Czech, English, German, Russian, Spanish and Japanese. Please note that guides must be booked in advance at: info@praha-vysehrad.cz, by telephone: 241 410 348, or in person at the Špička info-centre.

More information about history and ongoing events is available on the web http://www.praha-vysehrad.cz/

Vyšehrad and its surroundings

Emmaus monastery and New Town Hall are the nearest sights.

In neighbourhood is a recreational area Žluté lázně and a swimming pool with an outdoor poll Podolí.