Karlstejn Travel Guide

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Karlstejn Highlights

  • Pro
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     Tours provide a glance through most of the castle 

  • Con
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     No dawdling allowed 

  • In a nutshell
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     Czech landscape and history. 

Karlstejn Things to Do

  • Karlstejn

    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,...

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  • Main street

    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...

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  • Castle of Karlstejn

    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...

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  • One last thought on Karlstejn

    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...

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  • A little history

    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

    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...

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  • The 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...

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  • For the Rest of Us

    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...

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  • Worth the Effort

    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...

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  • Passing the Tourist Tat

    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...

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  • Crossing the Bridge

    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...

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  • Karlstejn Station

    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

    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...

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  • Castles - Czech style

    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

    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...

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Karlstejn Nightlife

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    by sunci Written Nov 15, 2007

    So in Karlstejn during the week there is no nightlife. Everything is closed at 22 :) Can you believe this?
    But if you are really lucky and stay there during Saturday night maybe there will be dico in Švejka. It is a pub near the train station. It will be open somewhere till 2 or 3. If you wish to stay longer you can pay approximately 30 CZK per person and DJ will play longer! Unbelievable really. It is special experience. You will be shocked with music and everything! Countryside style. You should check it

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Karlstejn Transportation

  • Train

    I took nice modern double decker train from Prague to Karlstejn. The trip took about 40 min and the price was approximately 2 euros. When you get off the train it is quite clear where to go to castle – signs show it. it is 1,5 kilometers from the train station.

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  • Get a train from Prague to Karlstejn :)

    The best way to go to Karstajn from Prague is to take train on Hlavni Nadraži. The ticket costs 46 CZK, and it takes 43 minutes to get to Karlstejn. First train goes from Hlavni at 08.26. It runs every hour till 12.26. Then it starts to go every half an hour (12.56, 13.26, 13.56...). From 19.26 it again starts to go on full hour (19.26). Last train...

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  • From Prague to Karlstejn

    Trains leave roughly every hour from Prague's Smichov Station (in the southwest corner of the city, part of the subway system). Often the trains are called by their terminating station, and the one to Karlstejn usually finishes its run in Beroun, so listen for the "Beroun" train on the platform. When in Karlstejn listening for the return train, the...

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Karlstejn Local Customs

  • Selling of Staroceske trdlo

    Staroceske trdo is a traditional Czech sweet bagel. Actually word “Staroceske” means “Old Czech”. It is made from graham flour, with a sugar on it; the bagel is about 10 centimeters wide, looking like wide bracelet. It is baked on a metal pipes, with a mass of trdlo turned around it.Staroceske trdo is baked and sold at the street leading to...

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  • Wedding at the Castle

    Karlstejn Castle appears to be a popular place to hold weddings on the weekends. It's easy to understand why. The only drawback is that the wedding party has to be willing to put up with rude and insensitive tourists who intrude on their celebration by taking photographs of private moments.

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  • Before Indoor Plumbing

    It was interesting to hear that well before indoor plumbing, there used to be an opening coming from the royal family's bedrooms to outside the castle. Basically, it was some sort of 'shoot', where if they had to go to the toilet, they leaned out and went, which of course, there was nothing but the ground below. Yuck. A real 'poop shoot'! And there...

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Karlstejn Warnings and Dangers

  • Karlstejn Castle - It's a Tough Beat

    For the faint at heart, the weak-kneed or the elderly, visiting the castle is a bit of a trek. First you have to march all the way from the train platform to the village below the castle (assuming you didn't come by car), and then you have to march up a winding hillside to reach the castle gates. This is enough to wind most travelers who aren't...

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  • You're being electronically scanned

    Don't try to take a photo or bring a camcorder within the castle. Sensors pick up the use of electronic equipment and will bring the police promptly. As a storing facility for priceless relics, the security is well-suited to prevent interested parties from casing the place and planning a heist.The guides speak both Czech and your language, but I...

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Karlstejn Tourist Traps

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    from the ramparts

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 13, 2002

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    From the train station to the castle itself is a long line of vendors, including a Robin Hood-type character willing to take money from you while you stand next to him while holding his "buzzard" (an owl). Everything else on the lane is meant to entice you away from the town's main attraction which is of course the castle atop the hill.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have no interest in the vendors, make no eye contact and just march up the hill.

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Karlstejn Off The Beaten Path

  • Beer city - Plzen

    Plzen is a place, known from beer names “Pilsen”, “Pilsener”. It could be called the most famous beer brewery place in Czech land. Here is possible to try and see how the beer is made (at excursion to brewery). Anyway, city is interesting because of old town as well with Republic Square and objects around. It is about 70 km from Karlstejn and it...

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  • Capital Prague is near

    Prague is about 30 km from Karlstejn. City is capital of Czech Republic with a population of about 1,2 millions people. It is definitely the main tourist destination in Czech Republic and surely need a visit for at least a few days. Prague historic centre consist of six different parts – Old Town, Juzefov, Mala Strana, Visegrad, Hadcany, New Town.

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  • Cliffs

    This is a popular region for various outdoor activities. I saw bicycle on the roads, and canoes in the river. I didn't notice any rock climbers on the cliffs, but I would expect that they come here often - it's very accessible from the big city.

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Karlstejn Favorites

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    The central tower at Karlstejn

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Take as many photographs of the outside of the castle as you can while you make the long, winding approach from the train station. A second-class round-trip train ticket from Prague to Karlstejn runs just under $2. Watch for trains to Beroun.

    Once on the grounds, stroll through as many open areas as you can to get the most perspectives of the towers and battlements. These perspectives are free.

    Once inside the castle, your camera is useless.

    Fondest memory: This looks every bit the medieval stronghold in the 21st century as it was meant to be in the 14th century.

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