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


  • 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

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

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A must do if you have a half day to spare from Prague! Take the horse and carriage ride from the parking area- it is worth it!

Mike H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really enjoyed the castle and its surroundings. Great views from the top. Nice to walk down thru the town and explore a bit.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful Castle. Knowledgeable Be sure to arrange for a taxi or horse drawn carriage from bottom of hill up to castle. It is well worth it.

Herbert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The Karlstejn Castle was an outstanding tour. Our guide was very through in explaining the history of the area and this castle. Enjoyed the tour very much.

Steven N Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Nce trip out of Prague to this beautiful castle! The guide was very well-informed and told us many interesting stories! Highly recommended!

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the half day trip to Karlstejn Castle. It was well organised, on time and the guide was very well informed, helpful and friendly. The horse and cart ride up from the car park was worth the extra as it is a long steep climb.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Awesome tour. Even rode in carriage to reach castle. Recommend to all.

Trudy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I was the only person on this tour that day. My tour guide and driver were ready to their jobs, however. The castle was fascinating.

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Had a great trip to Karlstejn Castle, the guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Had a nice walk to a from the Castle, would certainly recommend it.

Master Philip P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour guide, a bit of a language barrier as her first language was not english. But good tour

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