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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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  • A nice walk through the small town and up the hill to the Castle, where you can get a glimpse into the court life. I will definitely come back in the summer for the other two tours (closed till May), ...  more »
  • It was very easy to take the train from the main train station and the town is very beautiful, especially in Spring I can imagine with all the hills and trees in green. The view from the castle was am...  more »
  • As with many Prague sights we have already seen, it was decided to leave one day. The choice fell on the Karlštejn Castle, just 33 km from Prague. The main railway station in the cashier took 2 tickets back and forth to the station: towards Beroun (total 184). The train is made up of three double-decker cars, traffic interval of about 30 mins, journey time 45 minutes. Remembering that the castle in February is open only on Saturday and Sunday (he generally works on tricky times: 09.01-31.12; 01.02-28.02 Wed-Fri from 10.00 till 15.00; and only since March, is open Tuesday to Sunday from 09.30 to 16.00) decided to go to Saturday. Step off the train, along with a handful of tourists head to the castle: from the station to the right, further from the bridge over the river Berounka again right and out on the street leading to the Castle. And here he is seen majestic and unapproachable. I must say that the path length of about 2 km, runs through a very scenic. Even the walk up to the castle walls took great pleasure. Of all the many souvenir shops along the road on the approach to the Castle, only a few were opened. Peddling all sorts of interesting know that just curious to take a look. Ticket Office is located in the Castle courtyard. Because you cannot undertake self-examination tickets on the tour. To the left of the CASS behind glass hanging all day timetable indicating the time and the language in which they are held. Most excursions in Czech (190) and English (330 CZK). One in German and Italian, Russian No. The nearest in time tour appeared at 11.50 in Czech language lasting 55 minutes, and took tickets, so it is not so much to hear, how much to see. Photography of interiors is not prohibited and not paid. Not to say that the Interior of the castle is staggering to the imagination, it is extremely modest. By the way, the current Castle view has gained after a rather freestyle reconstruction 1887-1899 under the leadership of Viennese architects. Specialists believe that Charles IV would not recognize his castle. And UNESCO is in no hurry to accept the object of cultural heritage. Nevertheless, Karlštejn is considered a symbol of Czech statehood. The premises are small, cold, with low ceilings, often obscure, despite the bright colouring of walls. And when was our tour group, consisting of about 35 people, it was a bit crowded. In General, I believe that access to the internal chambers of the castle is not necessarily the case. Enough to confine ourselves to exploring the outer courtyard, take a walk around the neighborhood, breathe the magnificent air, admire the view of the majestic castle standing on the Hill. And come only in good weather, I assure you that bad here doing nothing. We were delighted that came it was in February, when there is no huge crowds, noise and chaos. Great walk turned out!
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  • Underwhelming, the castle is nice to look at from the outside but the interior is basically empty except for a few bad knock offs of old items. Most of the castle is off limits and you are rushed through due to high numbers of tourists.
  • Amazing castle, easy to get to the area by train from prague and then by walk. Slightly you feel exhausted, but you will forget it when arrive their. Also the ticket price included a guided price.
  • It was amazing experience. They have the best guides that could talk about nothing but there are many historical facts to talk about. Only minus - lots of tourists from Prague :-/ (it is very close to get there by train)
  • Great history recommend the 2 tour. The 1st is interesting but not to many things since most of the treasure was stolen in those rooms
  • I had a great time visiting this beautiful castle. Wonderful view and great tour guides