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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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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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It's a long walk up and quite steep in places from the car park at the bottom of the hill to the castle at the top. However, you can get a minibus to take you up or a horse and cart. Once at the top a... more »
This is a photographer's castle. It looks great from a distance, at the approach, and inside the compound itself. Inside the castle is a different story. You have to join a tour to see the interior of... more »
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I took train from Prague on a cloudy day to reach Karlstejn, that took abt 45 minutes and walked half an hour to reach the Castle. Serene surroundings and ancient houses/shops lined on both sides of l... more »
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.
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.
Great famous castle. Very friendly and enthusiastic tours. Especially tour II which needs to be booked before the visit.
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.
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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