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  • Address: Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 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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Half Day Karlstejn Castle Tour From Prague, Prague, null
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Half Day Karlstejn Castle Tour From Prague

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A tour of the medieval Karlstejn Castle takes you for a half day trip out of Prague. The tour includes the visit of castle interiors as well as a walk round ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.56
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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 $36.64
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Trip to Karlstejn Castle from Prague

Explore one of the most visited castles and a symbol of Czech history, built by Charles IV, Czech King and Roman Emperor and served to safeguard the imperial ...  Read more

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

From USD $36.85
Half Day Trip to Karlstejn Castle from Prague with Entrance Ticket Included, Prague, Day Trips
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Half Day Trip to Karlstejn Castle from Prague with Entrance Ticket Included

Get to know this majestic castle, which was built by Charles IV as a treasury for the crown jewels. The history of Karlštejn is connected with many legends; ...  Read more

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

From USD $38.79
Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks in Nizbor from Prague, Prague, ... 
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Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks in Nizbor from Prague

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

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

From USD $71.12
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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Guided Tour from Prague

Visit one of the Czech Republic’s most popular attractions on this half-day tour of Karlštejn Castle from Prague. Stroll along the corridors and hallways with ...  Read more

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

From USD $41.38
Private Morning or Afternoon Karlstejn Tour from Prague, Prague, Day Trips
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Private Morning or Afternoon Karlstejn Tour from Prague

Join this private 5-hour tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague with the option of a morning or afternoon departure. Visit beautiful Karlstejn Castle, which has ...  Read more

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

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

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

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

From USD $105.60
Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn and Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague, ... 
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Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn and Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague

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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 $104.52
Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague, Prague, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague

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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 $80.81

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