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Pedal through the Czech countryside to the picture-book castle of Karlstejn on this full-day bike tour from Prague. With an expert guide, take a leisurely ride through the scenic Cesky Kras region, following the Vltava and Berounka rivers to the village of Karlstejn. After time for lunch, take a guided tour of the castle. Explore the towers and chapels that were a summer home for Emperor Charles IV, and admire the portraits and other treasures. Finally, give your legs a well-earned rest with a train ride back to Prague.

Highlights

  • Full-day bike tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
  • 18-mile (30 km) one-way bike ride to the castle – you'll return to Prague by train
  • Cycle along the Vltava River, enjoying the scenic Czech countryside with your expert guide
  • Tour Karlstejn Castle

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What You Can Expect

Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Bike Tour from Prague

Travel independently to the starting point in central Prague. Meet your guide and after a safety briefing, put on your provided cycling helmet and hop on your supplied bicycle to start your full-day tour.

With your guide at the lead, pedal out into the countryside southwest of Prague. Your guide will maintain an easy and steady pace along the pleasant, flat 18-mile (30-kilometer) route, so the tour is suitable for cyclists of all abilities.

Follow scenic roads through the picturesque Cesky Kras region, tracing the banks of the Vltava River and Berounka River along the way.
Make regular stops to take photos, and after around 4.5 hours, arrive in the traditional village of Karlstejn, the home of Karlstejn Castle.

Break for lunch (own expense) at one of the restaurants, and then make your way to the hilltop, Gothic castle. As you approach, ogle the turrets and walls that crown the summit and rise up over dense forests.

Head inside (own expense) and enjoy a guided tour of the 650-year-old castle, founded by Holy Roman Emperor elect, Charles IV, in 1348. As you walk, hear how he used Karlstejn as a summer retreat and to store his coronation jewels.

View the interiors and treasures, including a replica of St Wenceslas’ crown and a gallery of portraits of Czech monarchs. Learn about Charles IV's life here, and see the Chapel of the Holy Cross, home to a series of exquisite panel paintings.

After your approximately 1-hour castle tour, travel back to Prague by train, where your tour finishes in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

ROXANNE G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I would highly recommend it if you like to bike and want to see Czech in a different view.

The tour can be up to 10 bikers but when we did it, it was only my husband and I. It was great! We bike often so we were able to keep a good pace and ended early. There are a few breaks during the bike ride. There are a few uphill sections. You go through a bunch of different terrain- smooth bike path, city cobbles stones, rocky pavement, and uneven surfaces. I wouldn't recommend it for beginner riders.

After biking 22 miles, it was a little tiring to climb the steep hills to get to the castle but worth it! Nice view. We opted not to go into the castle as we have seen others before and just spent time browsing the many shops along the way. which I found was cheaper than in Prague city center. Eg. Shirts were 150-200kc.

Jacob, our bike/tour guide, was excellent. He gave us good explanations of everything and catered to our level of biking ability. The restaurant we stopped at was excellent. Try the chicken noodle soup and chicken schnitzel. Its amazing!

The train ride back to Prague was relaxing. It was a few minutes from the castle area. There is a train car for bikes so it wasn't bad. 40 min ride and then another 5 min bike back to the shop. Praha Bike Shop is a few minutes walk from Old Town Square which was convenient for us

There was an issue on start time- Viator's voucher says 9am but they said it really starts at 9:30 and that Viator got it wrong. So we had to wait a little longer than expected. I would recommend calling the bike shop when you arrive to confirm meeting time to avoid any confusion.

kjeriley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I really enjoyed this bike tour- it's the third of it's kind that I've done, but was definitely the longest. Eighteen miles in the saddle is decent length trip, especially for those unaccustomed to riding for that long. There were about 3 hills that were fairly steep that required a little extra umph to get up. Our small group of 5 elected not to tour the castle, just admire the grounds and buildings. What they neglect to tell you is that there is a pretty steep walk to get up to the castle- no moat needed to keep this place safe!

Lloyd S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I really enjoyed the bike tour. Before heading out to Karlstejn we rode around old town Prague. The ride along the river was really nice. Mostly flat and easy with a few easy hills. A very nice way to see the countryside. We stopped mid way for a beer break which was a nice treat. The guide was a nice young guy originally from Ukraine. I forgot his name but he was a real nice and knowledgeable guy and the info he shared about of the area was very interesting. If I get to return to Prague, I'll definitely join this bike tour company again.

Vicki G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was the highlight to our visit to Prague! Sasha was our bike guide, and he was friendly, knowledgable, and really helpful. The bikes were in great condition, with really good gears. The bike ride was beautiful! And the train ride back was a fun way to end the tour. I would do this again.

Thomas Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent Trip. Really enjoyed the 35k bike ride. Karlstejn Castle was a real surprise. Ride is 95% flat along river banks. Our tour guide, Sasha was excellent.

mgalusha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Our guide was fantastic, very informative about history and local sites. The bike ride was beautiful, and well worth the time to experience the countryside outside of Prague. I would say that you should know that the route is not as flat as described. It can be a little challenging to ride on cobblestone streets and through some areas of heavy morning traffic in Prague, and there are inclines along the route that would be difficult for inexperienced riders. People with bad knees, like myself, may find the hilly parts of the ride challenging and the pace too fast. Our guide did adjust the pace when needed however. Overall it was a great experience which I would be willing to do again. My husband did not find the ride challenging, but he is very used to hill riding and road racing.

Jacqueline G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Daniele our tour guide was great. It wasn't a bad ride at all so even if you are an intermediate rider you will be fine. Very happy that we took a train home.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great tour. Was a long and hot day, but our time was not diminished by uncooperative weather! Daniel was an excellent guide and made this trip so much fun. Lunch was good and Karlstejn Castle was beautiful!

Elan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

18 miles is a lot of biking when you're not used to it, be aware that you will probably be saddle sore for a few days afterward. That being said, biking through the countryside was beautiful. Our guide, Travis, was quite knowledgable about Czech history and culture. There were only a couple of big hills to deal with, the majority of the ride was fairly flat. The tour price does not include entrance to the interior of the castle. You can get into the exterior courtyard and look around the outside but a tour of the interior is an extra cost and the tour is conducted once an hour. We chose not to do the interior tour. The train ride back to town was quick and easy. All in all this was an excellent tour and was the highlight of our Prague vacation.

Michael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This trip was an absolute 5 star perfect day for all (2 parents, 2 kids age 15 and 17).

Easy to find the start location. Bikes were selected for our height...and the bikes were of good quality. Brief fitting of saddle height. Then a short ride thru Prague to test the fit and a short tour of several local buildings. Then we set off along the Vltava.

The route is flat and very scenic. 32 km in distance. We stopped periodically to regroup and 1 20 minute stop for refreshments about halfway I had a beer.

At Karlstejn we had a fabulous lunch and then the castle tour which was excellent.

Then a 5 minute ride to the train station in Karlstejn, and a 45 minute train ride back to Prague. Then 5 or 10 minutes more cycling back to the start location.

The guide was excellent. Friendly, patient, informative.

Truly a fantastic day, perhaps our best day in the Czech Republic!

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