Karlstejn Castle, Karlstejn

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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. To visit Karlstejn Castle and get the most from your holiday in Karlstejn, create itinerary details personal to you using our Karlstejn travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A friend living in Prague lent me a bike and we rode to this castle, took almost 3 hours but it was a lot of fun. There are tours that do this. The scenery on the way was great. The castle itself and ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    While in the Czech Republic and with time, you can visit the Castle Karlštejn. It is located near the capital. Majestic and beautiful castle, is situated in a picturesque place. True, the excursion may not greatly impress because there is in Russian, and nothing in the Castle. There were only a few décor items. But the castle itself is impressive. And species here are beautiful.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We went to the castle with a private tour guide and understood because it was considered more comfortable. I do not exclude the possibility of reaching the city by public transport. Castle orthographic position and hits the architectural volumes at different elevations. The view is fabulous from the top you have an impression of floating in the air. The Interior of the Castle impresses with its representative areas because the rest is mostly rebuilt. The tower which is the chapel from the Golden ceiling enclosing the Imperial Treasury is not open to the public. Our guide told us that the reservation must be sent in advance of at least three months.
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  • July 5, 2017
    If you know CR then you know that every village has its own castle / chateaux. Many say that this is the most beautiful castle from CR, in a way it is however I may say that it is probably the most famous one. When it comes to the most beautiful I can't be so sure as CR has many amazing castles and chateaux. It is up to you to decide what is the most beautiful one.
  • June 12, 2017
    The castle is beautiful but we didn't go inside based on some other reviews. The town is very sweet although very small and pretty touristy. Its only a convenient 40 minute train ride from Prague though so definitely worth a half a day at least.
  • June 24, 2017
    Great famous castle. Very friendly and enthusiastic tours. Especially tour II which needs to be booked before the visit.
  • March 29, 2017
    The Karlstejn township is a very nice approach to the castle itself, with many souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. We had photo taken holding a large owl. We had a meal at one such restaurant and enjoyed the food and beer, The castle is great to visit and the tour and explanation about the history very interesting. The views of surrounding area are nice as the castle is up high. Well worth a visit. Allow 4 hours to enjoy the township and tour of the castle.
  • June 14, 2017
    We visited the castle with a baby, and since the acoustic in the castle is very bad, the baby's babbling were apparently annoying the guide. The guide was very unpleasant and rude, and asked us to leave right at the beginning telling us that we would get refunded. We agreed and left. Since we bought the tickets online we could only get a refund by sending a mail. We folloed the instructions but we got no answer. We are very disappointed. I think they should wright on the website that the visit is not recommended for babies. I strongly disrecommend for families.

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Where to stay in Karlstejn

In the shadow of one of Czech Republic's most famous castles, the scenic village of Karlstejn and its surroundings offer a selection of places to stay that focus on nature, the sights, and home cooking. Most accommodations are concentrated in the village itself or nearby along the bank of Berounka River. While you won't find large hotels, you'll be able to choose from a couple of tastefully furnished boutique hotels and several cozy guesthouses. There are also camping areas and private rentals.
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