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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.

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

Make your own way into central Prague to meet your guide. Then, travel by air-conditioned coach to Karlstejn Castle, situated above the village of Karlstejn.

As you travel, admire the Czech countryside and hear the history of the castle, a hilltop Gothic fortress founded by Holy Roman Emperor elect, Charles IV, in 1348.

After roughly an hour, arrive and ogle the views of the storybook castle, whose turrets and towers drape a hillside surrounded by lush forests. Then, either walk or ride a horse-drawn carriage (own expense) up to the gate.

Head inside for a guided tour of the buildings as you learn how Charles IV used the castle as a treasury for his coronation jewels.
See the Burgrave’s Palace and Well Tower as your guide shares the latter’s gruesome secret and continue to the five-storey Imperial Palace and its nearby towers.

Step inside to view the Chapel of the Holy Cross, home to 129 exquisite panel paintings by Charles’ court painter, Master Theodoric; and learn how the imperial regalia were kept safely here.

See a replica of St Wenceslas’ crown, and visit the Knight’s Hall, with its central late-Gothic altarpiece. Then, explore highlights such as the Chapel of St Catherine, a place of private meditation for Charles; and the Great Tower, whose walls are hung with paintings of Karlstejn and other castles.

Behold the spectacular views from the towers, and then descend back to Karlstejn village to finish your tour back in Prague.

Please note: If Karlstejn Castle is closed, the tour will visit Český Šternberk. Built in the 13th century, this fairy tale-like fortress perches above the Sázava River and town of Český Šternberk, and is famed for its rich stucco and weaponry collections.
rescos, paintings and other treasures, including a replica crown, before your return to Prague.

Customer Reviews

Elsa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide was very interesting and we had enough free time to visit after the guided tour.

ERNESTO R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent trip. Beautiful castle. I recommend you take the horse wagon to take you to the castle otherwise it is a up the hill walk 20 min. Lots of souvenirs and good food in the area.

Andrei I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The sights are amazing, the transport was comfortable and the guide was very polite.
If you are planning to take the tour take comfortable walking shoes, water and a hat, especially in the summer.

Trudy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was great! I considered cancelling when I found out I was the only one on the tour, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Nora was a great guide. The castle is fascinating. Just be prepared to hike quite a bit uphill to get there.

Mychal C A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Sara our tour guide was amazing! Super sweet lady with a lot of valuable information. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see this castle.

Tana D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Well worth the trip. Beautiful castle. Would not have done it on my own. Definitely recommend for castle enthusiasts

Priscilla K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good.

Sagnik K D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour of a medieval castle. Great exterior with a somewhat spas interior, but still a great historical site. Very knowledgeable guide. Buy a carriage trip to the castle as walking on a hot day is a pain. Carriage is cheap.

Elle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great experience highly recommend this.

Paola T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We really enjoyed our time. We were part of a small friendly group and our guide was excellent. The castle and village nearby are great. Really worth going.

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