Vyšehrad Cemetery, a veritable Who’s Who of Czech luminaries, plus some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau tombs and graves I’ve ever seen. And some incredible statuary, too.
The big ticket item is the Slavín monument, a huge tomb containing the remains of 55 Czech greats, starting with poet Julius Zeyer (buried in 1901). Scattered throughout the space are the final resting places of such Czech heroes as Karel Čapek (writer, inventor of the word “robot”), Antonín Dvořák (composer of Rusalka and the New World Symphony), Alphonse Mucha (artist, father of Art Nouveau), Bedřich Smetana (composer The Bartered Bride and Má vlast), Jan Evangelista Purkyně (scientist, coined the term “protoplasm”), Božena Němcová (writer), Svatopluk Čech (writer, one of the fathers of the modern Czech language), Milada Horáková (Czech hero, tortured under Nazi occupation, later tortured to death by the Communists)…the list goes on and on.
The real treat is the numerous Art Nouveau tombs that line the sides of the cemetery. Breathtakingly beautiful, this is some of the finest work in this style anywhere.
As a bonus, pop into the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul next door, and see the stunning handpainted Nouveau walls and frescoes. Plus, you are on the grounds of Prague’s other castle – Vyšehrad, which dates from the 10th century and has lots to see.
All in all, this is a great place to while away an afternoon, see some beautiful things, and encounter some of the centuries’ old history that Prague offers visitors and locals alike. This is a must-see for our visitors.