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  • Address: Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn
  • Hours: Open Tue-Sun; July and Aug 9am-6pm; May, June and Sept, 9am-5pm; April and Oct 9am-4pm.
  • Admission: Adults: CZK 270, Children (under 15yrs): CZK 180.

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Karlstejn Castle

The Gothic Karlstejn Castle sits high atop a hill, looming over the village of the same name 18 miles southwest of Prague. Charles IV, King of Bohemia, founded the castle in 1348 as a kind of safe for the Imperial Regalia and for his personal collection of crown jewels and holy relics.

The castle’s medieval turrets, towers and high walls evoke a fairy-tale ambiance and make it one of the Czech Republic’s most visited attractions. A visit to the castle is an easy, and very popular, day-trip from Prague – in the summer months the volume of visitors crowding the castle grounds can get somewhat overwhelming.

Trains leave roughly every hour from Prague’s main train station (hlavní nádraží) and take around 35-40 minutes to reach the village of Karlstejn. From the train station, it takes about 30 minutes to walk uphill to the castle. The view from the walk, however, is the most attractive part of a visit. Exterior views of the castle, surrounded by lush forests and vineyards, arguably beat anything you will see on the inside. To see more views of the castle and the Czech countryside, you can also bike the 30 kilometer route from Prague.

Tours of the castle include the ornate Chapel of the Holy Cross, where the thick walls contain 2,200 semi-precious stones and 128 paintings by Master Theodoric. The Chapel is connected by a wooden bridge leading to the Emperor’s chambers and the Great Tower, the highest point of the castle.

Several surrounding restaurants offer patios where you can leisurely take in the castle’s exterior views while sipping a glass of the local Karlstejn wine, a vintage started by Charles IV himself.

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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

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Discover the impressive Karlstejn Castle on a guided half-day coach tour from Prague. Built in the 14th century by Charles IV, the Roman Emperor and King of ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.06

Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn, Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague

You will visit the most famous Czech monument, Karlštejn castle. You will lunch at the Golf Resort Karlštejn where you will have a true dining experience, ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.72

Prague to Karlstejn Castle Running Tour, 48-Hour Prague Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass And Private Round-Trip Transfer

Enjoy a private arrival and departure transfer in Prague between the airport or train station and your hotel as well as an 3-hour 17km running tour from ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $113.03

Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague

This 5-hour private half-day trip from Prague will take you to Karlstejn Castle, one of the most famous castles in Czech Republic and previously a safekeeping ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.51

Konopiste Chateau, Nový Knín and Karlstejn Castle Private Guided Tour from Prague

Head out from Prague on a private guided day tour to visit Konopiště Chateau, once the private residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and the Gold ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.79

Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks in Nizbor Private Guided Tour from Prague

Embark on a 7-hour private guided tour and visit the famous glassworks in Nizbor where Czech crystal glass is made, enjoy lunch at the Pod Dračí ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.12

Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague

Cycle from Prague to Karlstejn Castle on a guided bike tour! With your local guide, you'll enjoy a leisurely cycle along the banks of the River Vlatva, passing ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.13

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