It's the most known bohemian castle, it stands in the valley of river Berounka. The castle is about 30 kms south-west of Prague.
The castle was build for Karl IV and posseses a lot of historical artifacts.
Among other truly fascinating and interesitng things it has one of the 1st toilets, which was used only by the King. It sets on a tower wall, like a bay window and is seen from the far aproaches to the castle...
A nice and easy morning or afternoon trip is to take a local train to Karlstejn Castle. From the tiny train station you walk towards the river and then to the town. Maybe a total distance of 1 Km. You walk up the hill with little shops and restaurants. The Castle is on top, of course, of the hill. Tour buses tend to converge late morning, so avoid that time. The castle is closed from noon to 1 PM
Karlstejn Castle - OK being the most visited castle in the Czech Republic it's not exactly 'off the beaten path' but what a lot of people don't realise is that it's only a 35-minute train ride from Smichov station. Providing you have the whole day to spare & don't mind trying out sign language at the train station you can get a return ticket for under €5 - far cheaper than any of the expensive organised excursions. A word of warning though - the castle is about a 20 minute walk UPHILL from the train station.
There are tours of the castle (I was there in November & even then there were plenty available in English) and although the inside is empty & not as impressive as the outside it's worth a look all the same.
Karlstejn was built in 1348 to house the treasure and religious relics of Charles IV. Located just 30 short kilometers South of the capital of Czech, Karlstejn is the most visited castle in Czech, outside of Prague. Tours in several languages are available and visitors may take a walk in the gardens surrounding the castle. Recently, parts of the castle have been closed to tourists due to a few visitors who decided to steal precious belongings of the castle. This is unfortunate and Czech authorities are working on re-opening sections that are secure from thiefts. The castle is situated on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful valley called Berounka.
The town of Karlstejn is also a a great place to buy a gift or have some great Czech beer. The main road offers most of what the town has to offer, but a few trails around the village gives one a nice rest from the packed main road leading up to the castle.
One must recommend staying at least 1/2 a day, more likely one full day, to fully enjoy what Karlstejn has to offer.
Gotic castle founded by Charles IV in 1348 on a hill. when going up be sure to buy suveniers for the best prices! (they may even say 'aciu' in lithuanian! :)) and bragain bargain bargain, I've cut price almost in a half :) Some jewerly with granat (the stone) are cheaper than here even.
If you can go to Ceskyj raj (Cekish Paradise) it's nice caves and hills, but you need transport to get tehre, as it's not touristic place, but worth seeing, professionals go there for climbing, but ways ok for ordinary people, in winter thus it might be called 'extreme walking' :) somewhere on your butt, people who are fater you have sometimes to push and pull through some places, but it's really fun and nice :)
Nice Karlstein castle. It is not big, but has beautiful surroundings, and nice street, which take you to this castle.
In the surroundings of Prague a lot of ancient castles can be found. Please ask the Tourist Information for more info. Here you can see the Castle of Karlstein.
Karlstejn Castle (located in Karlstejn Village) is worth a look, if you have an extra day. The village itself is quite interesting and has some nice little shops with Czech artwork/souveneirs, etc.
Karlstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. It is about 40 minutes drive out of Prague.