Karlstejn Castle Makes a Great Day Trip from Prague:
Karlstejn Castle is a 45-minute train ride from Prague. If you aren't driving, this is the only way to get to Karlstejn - there is no bus service to this popular day trip from the Czech Republic's capital city. While it may be tempting to sleep away this short train ride into Karlstejn, you'll want to stay awake for the final part of the journey, because this is when you'll get your first glimpse of the majestic castle.
Karlstejn Castle's Appeal:
The 14th century castle was originally built as a treasury to hold the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. Building was initiated by Charles IV, and like most castles, Karlstejn has seen changes and additions - as well as renovations - over the course of its centuries-long history. While many of the best rooms are off-limits to visitors, the exterior of the castle, as well as the interior guests are given access to, makes this trip memorable.
Tours at Karlstejn Castle:
The two tours offered by Karlstejn Castle's staff are completely different. Tour I is approximately 50 minutes in length and takes visitors through the Imperial Palace, Hall of Knights, Chapel of St. Nicholas, the Royal Bedroom, and the Audience Hall. Tour II runs about 70 minutes in length and requires prior reservations, but if you want to see the Holy Rood Chapel with its gem-encrusted walls, it will be worth it to plan a bit ahead.
Tours vary in price depending upon the type of tour and whether the guide speaks Czech or a language of your choice.
Exploring the Village:
Your trip to Karlstejn does not begin and end with its castle. The town offers shops, souvenirs, restaurants, bars, and more. The town also boasts a golf course if you have the time and inclination to play a round.
Karlstejn Castle Website:
For information on hours of operation and prices, visit the Karlstejn Castle website (English): www.hradkarlstejn.cz