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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  • The castle is a nice 1/2 day trip (very DIYable) from Prague and requires a 20-30 minute mild hike up to the castle hill. The castle exterior looks nice but is not massive, nor overtly impressive, as ...  more »
  • The Castle impressive from the outside and it is a pity that the basic version of the tour no longer supports this impression. It is quite pricey and modestly although guides are doing what they can to this impression of cover up. The most likely version of the tour including the Chapel is much more interesting, however, you have to pay for it even more, it is not always open, and to explore the sometimes you have to make a reservation. In General, of course it is worth, but not at any price.
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  • It really is much nicer from the outside but inside, if you're going with guided very interesting is its history. It is worth visiting it equally. It is better to go with a guide. If you're going on your own you can go by train but the train leaves you down at all and have to climb across the entire mountain. You are not allowed to go drive up to the Castle unless he is a coach or agency. To get an idea from Prague by train is 1 hour approximately and then climb up to above.
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  • Beautiful, historic site about 45 minutes by train from Prague. Just a short walk from the train station up a very steep hill will bring you to the front gates of the castle. Check tour times and availability because two of the towers are closed in winter. Still worth the effort to take the tour. Our very informative guide was a wealth of knowledge. Several restaurants nearby serve local-style cuisine and souvenir shops are plentiful along the walking route to/from the train station.
  • The king of Bohemia and Holy Emperor Charles IV built this castle as an impregnable fortress for the imperial crown jewels and the holiest of relics. In the Gothic Chapel of the Holy Rood the ceiling and walls are lined with gold and precious stones. The most valuable treasure is a set of nearly 130 Gothic paintings by the Prague painter Master Theodoric. You have to travel and park in the town of Karlstein not at the end of the road leading to the castle. From the parking lot there is a relatively steep walk up to the castle or a taxi or lovely horse carriages. Many souvenirs shops and restaurants are on the streets up to the castle
  • Very picturesque castle in a beautiful setting. We walked from the train station and it was worth it. Very nice walk. Exploring outside was fascinating. Our tour guide inside the castle was excellent, and in English. The treasury is the culmination of the tour we took (there are several options for tours to take), and it was beautiful. The sun was setting as we left, making for some great picture taking opportunities, and we had an excellent dinner at a nearby restaurant.
  • It's a beautiful Castle on a quaint touristy town with many shops and attractions. Refreshing hike up the hill to get to the castle. We didn't plan enough time to take the tour, so unfortunately I can't comment on anything other than the parts with no admission fees or controlled access, but what we saw was excellent: beautiful view from the walls, a nice courtyard, and the impressive well tower with a very deep well.
  • It is truly a magical place worth visiting. The castle is beautiful and the tour people kind. My only complaint would be that it was closed the last time I went there. But my previous visits were always great.
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