Karlstejn Things to Do

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    Karlstejn

    by Twan Updated Feb 7, 2012
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    The most striking part of the castle is the 60 meter high tower, which is well within the castle walls, but otherwise not with the other buildings of the castle is connected. This tower stands on the highest point of the hill and contains the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Slightly lower, the Marian (lesser) tower, which the treasury contained. Also, this tower stands apart from other buildings. On the second floor are the chapels of the Virgin and St. Catherine. The imperial palace is located on the southeastern side of the castle against the outside wall. From there is a protrusion from the wall to the southwest, where in the southern tower is the well.

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    Main street

    by Raimix Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Main street of Karlstejn village (village? I think in Lithuania it at least could be called “small town” :) is full of small blockhouses, these look quite different in historical styles. Between one side of street and houses small river flows. Street is quite prepared to tourism facilities – lots of souvenir shops, small restaurants, beer or ice creams selling places.

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    Castle of Karlstejn

    by Raimix Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Building of castle started at 1348 and lasted till 1365, it was supervised by Holy Roman emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV. The castle is in gothic style; some construction of it is incorporated into rocks.

    The castle was used as a main point of keeping Bohemian coronation jewel for about 200 years with some breaks. At the first half of 15th century, after Hussite wars jewels were moved to Karlstejn and during the Thirty Years’ War, in 1619, they were moved to Prague, ending jewelry safekeeping tradition in Karlstejn.

    Karlstejn’s castle appearance changed a few time – it changed from gothic style to renaissance in the last quarter of 16th century and to neo-gothic style at the end of 19th century.

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    One last thought on Karlstejn

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Here is one last picture taken in Karlstejn. I went here two days after the Czech Republic joined the EU. Pictured here are the Czech flag along with the newly accepted EU flag flying over Karlstejn Castle. I was fortunate to have been in the Czech Republic when they became part of the EU. It was exciting and historically thrilling to be a part of this event. So this picture kind of sums up all of those thoughts and feelings from the experience.

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    A little history

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Historically the Karlstejn Castle was built between 1358 and 1357 by Czech King and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV. The fortress was used to house the Imperial Coronation jewels and other treasures of the empire.

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    Enjoy the outside of the castle

    by littlesam1 Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    Karlstejn Castle

    This is my best advice when you tour Karlstejn Castle. Take some time to enjoy the outside of the castle. Walk along the walls and paths. Imagine what it must have been like to have lived here in the 15 century. And then prepare for disappointment once you start the inside tour. There is not a lot to see inside. All of the items on display are replica's. Nothing is original. There has not been a lot of work done inside of the castle. All of the guide books also warned that the inside was not impressive. But it is worth the trip to see the outside of this magnificant structure.

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    The Karlstejn Castle

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Karlstejn Castle

    The main reason to take the day trip to Karlstejn is to see the Karlstejn Castle. And from a distance it strikes you with its medieval beauty. It was completed in 1357. But most of what you see today is complete restoration. The castle fell into serious disrepair over the years. But looking up from the village the view of the castle is very spectacular.

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    For the Rest of Us

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 15, 2003

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    medieval entrance for the common man

    Otherwise, moving around the castle is generally at will except for the interior quarters which are by tour only. You can see several layers of walkway, castle defenses, medieval arches in supporting and aesthetic roles, seemingly labyrinthine corridors, and merlons and crenels galore. This remarkably well-preserved castle revelas many facades and tokens marked with its old age, a charming characteristic which adds to the pleasures of this wonderful castle complex.

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    Worth the Effort

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    Turret's syndrome

    It's a good climb, but well worth the time. The castle has been well preserved - although a lot of what you see on the exterior is actually the work of 19th century "restorers" who had their own view of what a medieval castle ought to look like. Karlstejn had been much neglected after the 16th century, and we owe a great deal to those "romantic nationalists" of the 1800s who saw in Karlstejn an important symbol of the Czech people, and who believed it merited preservation. The tour guides who work here take pride in the place; throughout the day regular English-language tours are offered. You aren't allowed to wander around freely inside the castle, but it's impressive that visitors are allowed to see as much as they are. (BTW, if you want to see the most precious part of Karlstejn, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, you need to make advance reservations. Because of the extreme fragility of the paintings inside, only very small tour groups are allowed access. Since my visit to Karlstejn hadn't been planned, I wasn't able to see the Chapel in person - only by postcard. If you are interested in medieval art, I would strongly recommend making the necessary reservations to see the Chapel.)

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    Passing the Tourist Tat

    by yooperprof Written Sep 20, 2003

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    postcards, tee shirts, coffee mugs, spoons, etc.

    On your walk up to the Castle from the rail station, you pass dozens of tourist "shoppes" selling the usual "junque." It reminded me of the worst parts of Mackinac Island. There are two ways of looking at this: you can "tut tut" in your mind, and think what a shame it is that such a lovely valley has been ruined by unfettered development; or you reflect appreciatively on the pluck and determination of local businessmen who are working hard to succeed in the post-Communist economy. (If I were Emperor, though, I would order most of the "shoppes" to be torn down, and build a single separate "mall" at the bottom of the hill where tourists could do all their souvenir shopping in one place.)

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    Crossing the Bridge

    by yooperprof Written Sep 20, 2003

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    a Bohemian Rhapsody

    Karlstejn Castle is situated high in the hills overlooking the valley - but not overlooking the river itself. In the Middle Ages, no ordinary person would have been in possession of a map - and there was no MAPQUEST, either. So your average Jurek or Lena, passing by on the river, would have had no idea that his Emperor's secret fortress, housing the royal treasuries, was just around the corner.

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    Karlstejn Station

    by yooperprof Written Sep 19, 2003

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    just like Petticoat Junction

    The train station for Karlstejn is actually in a small village whose name I've forgotten - but it's not Karlstejn. However, it's clearly marked with the name of the famous castle, so even the most language-deprived tourist (i.e. Yooperprof) knows that this is the place.

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    Castles etc

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Karlstejn Castle in a nutshell

    If Karlstejn is your first castle or the latest of several, this is a typical fortification from the Middle Ages. The prominent central tower generally housed the potentate and his family and his treasures. The outer walls were high and smooth, and defensive works filled the ramparts. The crenellations or battlements on the ramparts permitted archers and later gunners to fire adequately from behind a strong shelter.

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    Castles - Czech style

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Karlstejn Castle activity

    Give yourself a chance to run along the ramparts and view the town from below. Certain areas give you a chance to see how the architecture permitted an effective defense, and give an eagle's view of town life six centuries ago -- or yesterday for that matter.

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    the Soldier's Portals

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Karlstejn castle stairwell

    Castles are great fun for the whole family. I never tire of adding another to my number. Some are built more for show and elegance, while others are built strictly as defensive fortifications. The castle at Karlstejn shows the elegance of the Court as it was known in the 14th century, which was austere and even inhospitable. The outside ramparts give you a feel for how things were like for the common soldier. Doesn't this portal make you feel like you're moving into position?

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