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Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn) Tours

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Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn)
Some 18 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Prague, Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn) 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.
Address: Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Prague, Czech Republic
Admission: Varies
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Karlstejn castle Private ALL-INCLUSIVE half-day trip from Prague

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The land of Czechia includes more than 1000 castles and chateaus. If you have to pick only one to visit, Karlstejn castle is a great choice. The role of this medieval castle (14th century) exceeded any other in the country - it was designed as a place to store the crown jewels, royal treasures and collections of holy relics. Today the castle has become the jewel itself.
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Trade the 21st-century streets of Prague for 14th-century walls of Karlstejn Castle on a 4-hour tour. Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off allows you to relax and enjoy the scenery. A visit to the 14th-century Gothic castle is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Bohemian culture and history. Peruse holy relics, crown jewels, and more as your guide narrates. After a short walk around the municipality, head back to the city.
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Discover the symbol of the Czech history and visit one of theworld's most visited castles during our 5 hours tour. Karlštejnwas founded by Charles IV in the 14th century. Karlštejn served as a placefor safekeeping the Empire coronation jewels, holy relics and other royaltreasures. After climbing the hill on which the castle stands, this Gothic gemwill impress you with its monumental architecture. The tour includes an hourlong tour of the castle interiors with a local guide.
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Karlštejn Castle, one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. It was built by the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348 as a place of safekeeping for the royal treasures, especially Emperor Charles IV’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. The fortress-like castle also served as the emperor’s summer retreat. Over 660 years old, Karlštejn Castle was never totally conquered. The castle even survived a seven-month siege by the Hussites in the 15th century. The tour of the castle includes historical interiors of the Imperial palace and the lower floors of the Marian Tower with valuable relics from the 14th to 19th centuries.
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Just 30 km west of Prague is a beautiful Gothic castle, Karlstejn, one of the most famous Czech castles in all of Europe. The castle was built in the second half of the 14th century by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. The castle's Chapel of the Holy Cross was intended to house the imperial coronation jewels as well as other precious royal artifacts. The holder of this historic collection was recognized as the rightful ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.Karlstejn is a place of many secrets. We will reveal some of these secrets as I invite you to join me on this most fascinating tour.The unique countryside around Karlstejn makes this one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic.
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Get out of the city and explore castles and nature on this full-day tour. Transfer by train from Prague to Karlstejn Castle and learn about its history from your guide. Visit a limestone quarry before setting off on a hike to waterfalls. During your hike, reach the village of Sv. Jana pod Skalou and hear about its Communist-era history. Return to the Prague by train.
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Visit UNESCO listed Regensburg, Pilsen beer town & Karlstejn castle on your transfer from Munich to Prague. Join our entertaining and easy-going road trip from Munich to Prague. Travel through the picturesque Old Town of Regensburg, visit the most famous castle in the Czech Republic – the Karlstejn Castle, and taste the original Pilsner beer in Pilsen. We’ll help you discover the two countries and take you to places you’d never make it to in just one day.Our knowledgeable local tour leaders take a small group, maximum of 8 people, for a fun-filled 10-hour road trip from Munich to Prague. You will learn about the history, culture, and most importantly the people of both the Czech Republic and Germany.
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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.
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Hop on a bike and join this leisurely bicycle ride from Prague to the bewitching Karlstejn Castle. The easy 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.
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Pedal your way out of Prague to one of the most bewitching castles in Europe on this guided bicycle excursion. Hop on your bike and, with a guide at your side, bike out of Prague for 3.5 hours, making some stops along the way. Once you reach the enchanting Karlstejn Castle, where King Charles IV kept the crown jewels, tuck into a hearty Czech lunch (at your own expense) and take an optional 1-hour guided tour of the castle. Then relax on the train back to Prague.
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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. 
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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.
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