Karlstejn Castle Tours

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Some 18 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Prague, Karlstejn Castle dominates the surrounding area from its hilltop perch. The castle has been a feature of the landscape here for almost 700 years, and its fairy-tale turrets and steep roofs attract visitors from around the world who come to step back in time.
 
The Basics
Karlstejn Castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV of Bohemia—one of the Czech Republic’s best-loved historical figures (the Charles Bridge in Prague is named after him). He intended the castle to act as a stronghold for his priceless crown jewels and holy relics. In the years that followed, the castle was besieged by Hussite forces and damaged by fire before being restored in the 19th century. Nowadays, guided tours from Prague bring the castle’s many secrets to life.
 
One of the highlights of a visit to the castle is the chance to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower. The walls of the chapel are decorated with more than 2,000 semiprecious stones along with 128 paintings by the craftsman Master Theodoric.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the castle is by paid ticket.
  • All visitors must join a tour to see the castle.
  • Discounted tickets can be purchased for seniors, students, and children under 15.
  • With steep steps and uneven floors, the castle is not suited to people with limited mobility.
  • Horse-drawn carriages can be hired to transport you from the village to the castle.
  • A number of cafes and restaurants offer refreshments on-site.
  • Try a glass of Karlstejn wine—grapes have been grown here since the 14th century.
 
How to Get There
Trains depart several times a day from hlavni nádrazi (Prague’s central station) to Karlstejn village at the bottom of the castle hill. The walk up to the castle takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively, numerous guided tours visit the castle from Prague with round-trip transport from Prague. It’s also possible to drive and there is parking in the village.
 
When to Get There
Karlstejn Castle’s opening hours vary by season. In July and August, it is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The castle is closed on Mondays the rest of the year. From mid-November it’s only open on weekends, and closes over Christmas week and for most of February (dates vary by year). Double-check before traveling if you’re planning to visit in the winter months. In the summer months, the castle can get very busy with tourists.
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Address: Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Prague, Czech Republic
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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Guided Tour from Prague

Immerse yourself in Czech history with a visit to Karlštejn Castle. During this 4-hour guided tour from Prague, learn about the famous castle's role in the storage and safekeeping of the empire's holy relics, coronation jewels and other royal treasures. After climbing the hill on which the Gothic castle stands, explore the views of the imposing exterior. Follow an art historian guide on an hour-long tour of the interior, composed of several levels, each with their own meaning and purpose. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Prague are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks in Nizbor from Prague

Explore the Czech countryside and culture on this 7-hour guided tour of crystal factories and castles. Visit the famous glassworks in Nizbor where they produce world-famous crystal, indulge in a hearty Czech lunch at the restaurant Pod Dračí Skálou before heading to majestic Karlštejn Castle, one of the most fairy tale-looking castles in Europe.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn and Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague

Combine intriguing Czech history with hearty Czech cuisine on this informative and entertaining tour from Prague. Wander up to bewitching Karlštejn Castle, once home to the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, and then dig into a tasty lunch at Karlštejn Golf Resort (complete with a view of the castle). Later, explore the karst cave system Koněprusy and then visit Točník of the twin castles Žebrák and Točník. Enhance your experience and upgrade to include a local "buddy" guide, who will provide interesting facts and stories as you go.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Half-Day Trip From Prague to Karlstejn Castle

Experience the fairy-tale fortress of Karlstejn Castle on a private half-day tour from Prague, including hotel pick-up. Uncover the secrets of the 14th-century fortress, which was built to protect the Crown Jewels, and follow in the footsteps of King Charles IV on a guided tour. Peek inside the royal chambers, admire the exquisite Chapel of Holy Cross and take in the views from the Great Tower.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Visit spectacular, 14th-century Karlstejn Castle on a 4.5-hour trip from Prague. Travel by air-conditioned coach to this picturesque, hilltop palace-fortress, perched above dense green forests. Walk or ride a horse-drawn carriage to the gate, and tour the key areas, including the Imperial Palace as you learn how the castle was built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV to safeguard his imperial jewels. Immerse yourself in medieval times as you stroll through chambers and halls adorned with frescos, paintings and other treasures, including a replica crown, before your return to Prague.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half Day Karlstejn Castle Tour From Prague

Walk the stone walls and Gothic courtyards of Karlštejn Castle on a half-day, guided trip from Prague. Wind through the forests of the Czech countryside on your way to the castle site, set high on a rocky promontory. Learn about the holy relics, treasures and jewels that were hidden away during tumultuous times and hear stories from the sieges and battles that took place at Karlštejn Castle. Discover the secrets that are built deep into the stones, then enjoy a taste of locally-made mead before returning to Prague.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Scenic Karlstejn Castle Bike Small-Group Day Trip from Prague

Discover the Czech countryside on two wheels and see Karlstejn Castle on a 7-hour bike trip from Prague. Pedal along level riverside paths through forests and fields, enjoy an optional swim, and experience stunning views of the 14th-century castle, built by Bohemia’s Charles IV. Opt to take an interior tour (own expense), and savor lunch and beer before returning to Prague by train. Hotel pickup, bike, helmet, lunch, beer and train ticket included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Bike Tour to Karlstejn from Prague

Hop on a bike and join this leisurely bicycle ride from Prague to bewitching Karlstejn Castle. The easy 6-hour ride takes you along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers, around charming villages and through the lush Bohemian countryside. Once at the destination, marvel at medieval Karlstejn Castle, one of the most fairy tale-looking fortresses in Europe.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague

Indulge yourself in all things medieval and castles on this 5-hour private tour of bewitching Karlstejn Castle, located 40-minutes southwest of Prague. Marvel at the castle, the erstwhile home of the priceless Bohemian crown jewels, and wander around the interior. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Small-Group Full Day Hike from Prague to Karlstejn

Take a guided hike through the Czech countryside to the castle town of Karlstejn without getting lost on a tour that's ideal for lovers of trekking. En route, pass what's known as the Czech Grand Canyon and walk through the Bohemian Karst Protected Landscape Area. This is an active day out for reasonably fit travelers, as the hike covers nine miles (15 kilometers), and some sections are steep.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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Karlstejn Castle Small-Group Bike Tour and Microbrewery Visit from Prague

Enjoy a day of biking, countryside and beer away from bustling Prague on this 8-hour cycle trip. The perfect antidote to city sightseeing, the leisurely ride follows riverside paths through the Czech countryside. Pass meadows and forests along paved trails, see medieval Karlstejn Castle, and refuel with lunch and a craft beer on a microbrewery visit. Your trip includes cycling equipment, lunch, beer, a return train ticket, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD86.31
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The Big Karlstejn Adventure Long Walking Tour

Lace up your hiking boots and get set for an unforgettable outdoor adventure on this full-day walking tour from Prague. Follow your guide on a series of thrilling walks, totaling around 14km (9 miles) and travel from sight to sight in a minivan. Along the way, marvel over spectacular natural landscapes like the Big America canyon and Prokopske Valley; visit the fairy-tale Karlštejn Castle and the St. John under the Rock monastery; and cool off with a swim in the Berounka River. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Cross Country Biking Tour to Karlstejn Castle

Get out of the city and have an adventurous experience in the countryside on this private bike tour to Karlstejn Castle. Get equipped with an appropriate bike and helmet and head out with your guide through Czech villages. Upon arrival at the castle, take simte to explore independently before enjoy a Czech lunch with beer. Take a train back to the center of Prague.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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USD115.08
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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