The second-largest castle in the centre of Prague is Vyšehrad Castle. It is situated directly on the bank of the Vltava River on a romantic rock that rises above the river about 2.5 kilometres from the Old Town Square. The castle is only a 45-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel.
Vyšehrad Castle was founded in the second half of the 10th century. By the end of the 11th century, it was the seat of the first Czech king, Vladislav II, though Prague Castle remained the traditional seat of Czech kings and princes. Vyšehrad Castle has undergone a series of construction transformations, and its present shape seems to be influenced by Baroque elements, which is particularly apparent in the castle’s extremely massive walls. In the 19th century, further transformations affected the Capitular Temple of St. Peter and Paul and its close surroundings, where the Slavín cemetery was built. Slavín cemetery is the burial site of many notable Czech artists, writers, painters, composers and politicians.
Today, many people visit Vyšehrad Castle to enjoy its beautiful parks and gardens, an ideal place for taking a rest or having a lovely picnic in an otherwise busy city centre. History enthusiasts head to Vyšehrad Castle to visit Slavín, the place where prominent figures like Dvořák, Smetana and Mucha are buried. They can also admire the Capitular Temple of St. Peter and Paul or the impressive St. Martin Rotunda, which dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Prague. Romantics will enjoy the exquisite views of Prague Castle and beautiful sunsets seen from the walls of Vyšehrad Castle.