Karlstejn Travel Guide

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Karlstejn Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful castle and views 

  • Con
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     Packed with tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     a must-see! 

Karlstejn Things to Do

  • imperial palace

    the building in the center of the picture is the imperial palace. it is the only part of the castle you see on tour 1. the first floor of the palace was used by knights and courtiers. the second floor are the private rooms of charles IV. also you can see the impressive vassels hall.

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  • well tower

    the well tower is one of several defensive towers at karlstejn. this tower has a wooden treadwheel for hauling water up to the castle.

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  • st. mary's tower

    the building with the spire in the center of the picture is st. mary's tower. inside is st. catherine's chapel and a painting of charles IV receiving two thorns from the crown of jesus from the french dauphin.

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  • grand tower

    on the first floor of the grand tower are two rooms with paintings of karlstejn and other bohemian castles. on the second floor is holy cross chapel with a collection of paintings by master theodoric, the court painter of charles IV.

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  • karlstejn castle

    finally i get to the castle and it is worth the hike. see my transportation tip for some alternatives to hiking up to the castle. karlstejn was built for holy roman emperior charles IV between 1348-1357. it is one of the most visited castles in bohemia.

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  • castle courtyard

    when you enter the castle the first place you come to is the castle courtyard. here you can purchase a tour of the interior of the castle. tour 1 lasts about an hour and tour 2 an hour and a half. tour 2 must be reserved in advance. the tours are in czech, german, and english. for tour 2 you can call 274 008 154 to reserve, or check their website.

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  • first restaurant

    i arrived from prague by train and across the street was a restaurant. my first impression was that i was in the village of karlstejn. wrong ! i had to walk down a street to the car park then across a bridge over the berounka river. the walk took about 10 minutes. but at least the ground was flat.

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  • st. sebastian statue

    pictured is a statue of st. sebastian on the road up to karlstejn castle. a great place to stop and catch your breath. this is approximately the half way point to the castle. by the way, st. sebastian was a christian martyr who was killed in 287AD during the rule of emperor dioclentian. almost every work of art shows sebastian tied to a tree and...

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  • the village

    finally after a 15 minute walk i have reached karlstejn village. the street is lined with tourist shops, cafes, and restaurants. good news-bad news. i have reached the village but now the road gets steep.

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  • the lower village

    after crossing the bridge i finally see karlstejn village. from the bridge it looks like a charming bohemian town. wrong again ! still more walking to go.

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  • Karlštejn castle

    I visited this castle in summer 2007 and i was amazed by huge castle in small town.English talking guide was very funny, talked very easily.

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  • Climb!

    If you get the opportunity, climb in Karlstejn. I'm sure it isn't difficult for advanced climbers, but for the rest of us, including absolute beginners it is a great fun place.A local climbing school use an old quarried cliff face which has many different degrees of difficulty. They are a professional set up so don't be too worried about taking...

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  • Kayak or Canoe

    You can rent canoes locally. Sorry, I don't have the details but the firm were easy to find when we visited. You can canoe for miles along the river and it is beautiful. We saw lots of Heron and several Kingfishers on our journey. There are a few small sections of moving water but nothing much. It really is a gentle paddle.

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  • Karlstejn Castle

    The castle was designed by Matthias of Arras and built by Emperor Charles IV between 1348 to 1357 to safeguard the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, and they remained there for nearly 200 years. Though parts were added over the years, the castle was restored to its original state during the 19th & 20th centurys. There are 2 tours of the castle...

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  • Berounka river valley

    If you driving here, the bonus is getting to experience the gorgeous Berounka river valley. It has carved a beautiful small canyon in the forests South of Prague, most of the time you will have to be traveling in the II or III gears to make it to the Karlstejn castle.

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  • The Castle

    This is an absolute must-see in Czechia. Visiting the country and not coming here, is like coming to India and not visit Taj Mahal.The castle is set on a promontory in the Berounka river valley, built in the XIV century for Karl IV as a safe-box for his treasury. He liked the place so much, it became his favority personal retreat, as only the...

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  • See the castle

    There's not really another reason to go here other than visit the castle on a day trip. It's quite ominous looking from the town below, which makes it all the more exciting.

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  • KARLSTEJN CASTLE

    TO DO TIP ? To do VT member meeting at the Karsltejn ?Nightstar - Jana and Bugulma - AndreyYES ! NICE ! PARADA !

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Karlstejn Transportation

  • horse cart

    it is quite a hike up to the castle. from the car park you can take a horse drawn cart or a taxi up to the castle. tourists are not allowed to drive in the village. these are good options if you are short on time or if walking is a problem. the walk down the hill from the castle is very pleasant.

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  • karlsejn by train

    from prague you can take a train to karlstejn (direction beroun). the trains leave prague central station about every half hour during the day and the trip takes about 45 minutes. once you arrive at karlstejn station you have a 30 minute walk up to the castle.

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  • Parking

    If you travel to the area by car or coach, you have to park approximately 2kms from the castle and walk the rest of the way past all the touristy outlets. There are alternatives to walking horse drawn carriages and local taxis can drop you off at the castle. But you will miss the splendid views of the castle as you walk up the hill to its location.

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Karlstejn Tourist Traps

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    The crooked mile

    by alancollins Written Jan 8, 2007

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    Most visitors to Karlstejn have to walk the 2kms from the car/coach park to the castle. Every other building appears to have some connection with the tourist industry. These building are backed up by numerous kiosks. I was fortunate to go late in the year and business was quiet but in the summer I would think trade is very brisk.

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Karlstejn Off The Beaten Path

  • See Karlstein at its best

    Follow the yellow trail around 200-300 meters up to a small cross, and you will get a perfect view of the castle (You will find the trail, when you walk towards the castle).

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  • Krivoklat

    There is another beautiful, but less known castle located just a few kilometers to the West in Krivoklat. I highly recommend visiting it if you are in the area.

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