- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Prague’s Vyšehrad District Welcomes New Visitor Information Center to Explore Historic Treasures
The enchanting Vyšehrad district of Prague has inaugurated a new visitor information center, enriching the experience for tourists keen to explore the historical and cultural gems nestled within this iconic destination. The newly established center, overseen by the National Cultural Monument of Vyšehrad, has come to life just a short distance from its predecessor, which was located within the remains of the Špička gate, now only represented by a tiny fragment due to its demolition in the 19th century to alleviate traffic congestion.
Operating between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, the center is situated between the Jedlička Institute and the Leopoldová Gate. It offers an array of services catering to visitors’ needs, including the sale of publications, souvenirs, and promotional materials. The center also serves as a hub for acquiring tickets to five distinct guided tours, each offering a unique perspective on the Vyšehrad district.
The guided tours available to visitors encompass a comprehensive exploration of Vyšehrad’s historical richness. The “Royal Castle” tour delves into the district’s ancient history, guiding participants through landmarks such as the distinctive Church of St. John the Baptist, the remnants of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and the sole surviving section of the Romanesque bridge. On the other hand, the “Baroque Fortress” tour provides insight into more recent history, inviting exploration of the Vyšehrad gates and the local Martin’s casemates, which played a pivotal role in Prague’s defense during the 18th century.
This new information center is a notable enhancement to the Vyšehrad district, offering a comprehensive gateway for visitors to delve into Prague’s vibrant history and cultural heritage. Alongside the establishment of the center, Prague has continued its support for various organizations, with funding allocated from the financial settlement fund to initiatives including Vyšehrad, the Symphonic Orchestra, and Studio Ypsilon.
As a significant addition to the Czech capital’s tourist offerings, this center is poised to enrich the experiences of visitors while facilitating deeper engagement with Prague’s captivating past and its ongoing cultural contributions.
Article by Prague Forum