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  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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 Bohemia, the Gothic-style castle housed treasures of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Czech coronation jewels. On your guided tour, you’ll explore the towers that make up the castle.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip from Prague to Karlstejn Castle
  • Guided tour of the Gothic-style castle
  • Explore the unique buildings that make up the castle
  • Discover the largest collection of panel paintings by Master Theodoric
  • See the replica coronation crown

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What You Can Expect

Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Karlstejn Castle

On this half-day trip from Prague, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Gothic- and Renaissance-style Karlstejn Castle, built in 1348. As you explore, notice the attention to detail imposed by Charles IV, who was devoted to the rich interior decoration of his castle.

During the castle tour, you will move through the wildly impressive, step-like formation of the individual towers and buildings that make up the castle as a whole. At the lowest point lies the Well tower and Burgrave's palace; from there you’ll walk up toward the majestic Imperial palace, made up of five floors. Then continue even further toward the Marian tower. Finally, you will discover the monumental 197-foot (60-meter) Great tower, located at the highest point of the castle.

The castle’s interior is still decorated with a unique array of wall paintings that date back to the 14th century. In the Chapel of the Holy Cross you’ll find a collection of 129 Master Theodoric panel paintings, the largest collection of its kind in the world. Another large gallery contains portraits of Czech rulers and a replica of the Crown of St Wenceslas, the coronation crown of the Holy Roman Emperor.

In winter, if the Karlstejn Castle is closed, an alternative visit to the Český Šternberk Castle will be arranged. Český Šternberk is an imposing castle and is considered one of the best-preserved Gothic-style Bohemian castles of the mid-13th century. The castle stands at the top of a steep granite cliff on the western bank of the Sázava River in the market town of Český Šternberk. This castle features rich stucco decorations and a unique collection of weapons.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The tour was almost an hour getting on the road from the Municipal Square and we had to then pick up someone at Old Town Square for some unaccountable reason. The guide on the way out was a bit loquacious but kept things moving. Everyone should be warned that the "walk" up to the castle from the parking area is not easy. And not for the faint of heart. Be warned. At the castle, there was another long wait. That said, the young man who showed us around the castle was absolutely terrific. Alas, I didn't get his name. A wonderful history lesson.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Karlstejn is beautifull castle. Trip was well organized definitly worth the money. Thanks

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