Karlstejn Castle, Karlstejn

Towering over a busy little village, Karlstejn Castle once served as a hideaway for the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. Seemingly unperturbed by the passage of time, this 600-year-old structure is situated just 30 km (18 mi) southwest of Prague. The castle's star attraction is a chapel designed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV to hold his crown jewels, holy relics, and valuable documents. Centuries ago, this chapel safeguarded its treasures behind four doors with nineteen locks. Today, the chapel is open to visitors wishing to see its vaulted ceilings decorated with thousands of semiprecious stones. Most of the castle interior is accessible by guided tour only, so book your tickets in advance. By using our Karlstejn holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Karlstejn Castle and other attractions in Karlstejn.
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  • If you are visiting Czech Republic and have a little spare time this is an absolute must. Not only is the little village under the castle very charming but the views from various bridges and towers...  more »
  • I was the only person to show up to the English-language tour, so it was a truly privileged experience being shown around with a personalised tour and exciting giant keys for every room we passed...  more »
  • The castle is only 45 mins away from Prague and the train drops you off relatively close. The main tower opens in May so keep that in mind. There are other parts of the castle you can explore with...  more »
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  • Well worth the convenient train ride from Prague, but you will need to walk 30-45 minutes to the castle (depending on your speed) with a lot of up hill. "Classic" hilltop castle in great shape, more than just a structure, with a few artifacts here and there.
  • Beautiful castle and great guide! Our English guide was very fluent and friendly. The history of the castle was interesting and fun. The castle is unbelievably well-preserved. Not much tourists, recommended to visit on a sunny day for view and photography.
  • Fun historic castle. Nice one hour tour. Bit of a hike to the castle from the parking lot but taxi or horse carriage an option. Cute fun shops along the way up or down. Not far from Prague. Worth the money.
  • Tour was magnificent. Great stories of royalty's strange behavior. Loved our guide, wish I could remember her name, maybe Janna, very sweet, well informed college student who spoke wonderful English. Definitely visit!
  • Leave Prague for this, please! This beautiful castle is easily accessible via train from Prague (30 mins) and frankly looks way better than the one in Prague. If you want to go on a guided tour inside the whole thing would take about ~3 hours from getting on the train in Prague to getting off at the same spot.

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