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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • Such amazing place. Very impressive castle. One of the most beautiful in the world. Feels like in medieval tale! Beautiful surrounding nature, small shops with souvenirs.
  • Beautiful place. The parking is all the way down the mountain, but there are many ways to get up. Great view all around the castle. Not many tours in English and we waited more than an hour for the tour. Worth it, although trying to time your ascend to the castle might be better use of the time.
  • Very beautiful castle, well maintained. But you will not see it all (probably). It is quite pricey to see it all and will take ~4-5 hours. To get inside, you have to choose between 3 guided tours (tower, royal apartments, and another one). All are between 8-15 EUR. However, after the one tour I felt that I had seen quite enough (I chose the apartments). There are great views around even if you don't buy the tours!
  • The tour has been minimized a bit, which is a shame. We could no longer step in to quite a few rooms and that was a disappointment. It is still worth a train trip out to walk up to the castle and experience the tour. I suggest traveling in Winter when the crowds are thin and you can experience snow on the walk up. It's magical!
  • Camped nearby and visited the castle while studying in Czech Republic. Some great times. Amazingly preserved. Many castles were made into palaces with walls removed or windows put in. Most Czech castles have amazing armor collections.

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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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