Faces of Vyšehrad

This handy guide book (130 pages) was published in January of 2018 by Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. The book takes you to ancient castle ruins and park on a hill overlooking Prague. Melissa read Faces of Vyšehrad and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if she didn't recommend it.

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Faces of Vyšehrad

Petr Kučera

This handy guide book digs in the history and meaning of the statues, monuments, cemetery, cathedral, and breathtaking views in Vyšehrad, the medieval castle ruins perched in the park overlooking the city of Prague.

The site on the top of the hill, overlooking the Vltava River and now facing Prague Castle, has had people living on it — in one way or another — since 2500 BC. The fortification ruins that are open to visitors today date back to the 10th century. The surrounding park is dotted with stunning, larger-than-life statues, relaxing beer gardens, meandering walking paths, a spiky Gothic cathedral, leafy vineyards, and the beautiful and melancholy historical cemetery. The imposing stone walls that encircle the park offer breathtaking views of the Vltava, the castle, and striking orange tile roofs in the neighborhoods below.

The book provides an overview of Vyšehrad’s history through the centuries, as well as photos, drawings, and nifty descriptions of 40 sights within the park. An ideal Sunday is a trip to Vyšehrad with a book, snacks, and a blanket for lounging. This compact volume is the perfect accompaniment because it answers the question, “What is that?” as you take in the wonders that surround you on the hilltop above the Vltava River.

How to buy: This compact book is only available at the visitors center in the park. It’s included here so that when you visit Prague, you’ll know to stop by the little office — tucked inside the ancient fortification walls — to pick up a copy. It’s just 90 Czech crowns… about $4.

The Gothic Spička Gate was built 1348-1350… The massive multi-story building with an inner courtyard was a small drive-through fortress attached to the outer side of the ramparts. The gate was topped with a roofed, half-timbered wall-walk with embrasures and turrets which inspired tis name Spička (sharp tip). The nape in front of the gate was broken by a deep moat with a drawbridge. — Petr Kučera

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