At Café Vítkov, Prague stretches out in front of you, with panoramas in all directions. Resembling a glass cube, the café stands on a flat roof serving as a terrace.
The roof forms part of a memorial steeped in modern history. Initially, the monumental structure was designed to honour legionaries, on the site of a remarkable Hussite battle. During the Second World War, the Wehrmacht then used it as a warehouse. Subsequently, it was transformed into the last resting place of Communist functionaries, and even the mausoleum of the “First Working-Class President” of Czechoslovakia, Klement Gottwald (But his mummified body did not survive and had to be cremated.). Today, all the remains, except those of two unknown soldiers, have disappeared.
Whether their souls, which must have got used to their posthumous homes, have departed, is another matter. Regardless, they certainly add a frisson of macabre historic muddles to the drinks and dessert menu. It should be noted, however, that there are no extra charges in the price list for visiting this particular graveyard.
After you ascend Vítkov Hill and go upstairs to the second floor of the memorial, how about visiting the Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak statehood exhibition?Marcela