Although Charles bridge, Prague castle and Astronomical clock are beautiful and important things to see, if you would like to experience the real soul of Prague, you need to go to the place that is not the mainstream attraction of the city. There is a lot of places like that and not all of them are too far from the city centre.
Only two metro stops from the National Museum in Prague is one of the prettiest and most peaceful places in the city. On the other side of the river from Prague castle is the fortress known under the name Vyšehrad.
After leaving the metro, the path leads you through a pleasant landscape along the hill, all the way to the fortress entrance – and then the cobblestones begin. At the entrance, there is a plan of the fortress, and you can easily get inside the walls.
This fortress dates back to the tenth century and was built on the hill near the Vltava. One of the first things you encounter after the entrance to the fortress is the Rotunda of St. Martin, built in the eleventh century. The Prague legend says that Vyšehrad is the location from which the rest of Prague developed.
Not far from the rotunda, there is a building that dominates this fort. It is the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, built in the same period as the rotunda, and restored first in the fourteenth, and later in the nineteenth century, when it acquired neo-Gothic style, according to which the buildings in Prague are quite recognizable. Around the cathedral, there is a cemetery where many important Czechs are buried, including composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, writer Karel Čapek and painter and designer Alphonse Mucha.
The wonderful view contributes to the experience of this place. From the fortress wall, you can see the city centre and beyond. After you finish the tour of the place, sit on the wall and enjoy the view, peace and quietness. There are not loud tourists here, so don’t be the one either. Just feel the vibe of this place.