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Tours provide a glance through most of the castle
No dawdling allowed
In a nutshell
Czech landscape and history.
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
Written Nov 15, 2007
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.
Written Dec 13, 2002
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.
Written Feb 25, 2003