Karlstejn Castle
Karlstejn Castle
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This Gothic castle was built in 1348, as a stronghold for royal treasures, especially Emperor Charles IV's collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire.
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  • treetrippers
    Fredericton, Canada611 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    The walk from the train is maybe 2 km and uphill ( downhill coming back), haha. You can only go into castle with a tour. It was so neat. The little girl in me was picturing running around in the long gowns. Realistically not a lot of things left to see but the guide had some interesting stories. The town around is cute.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Chuck H
    Kennewick, Washington14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kerlstejn Castle with Prague Personal Guide
    We traveled to Karlstejn Castle with our Prague Personal guide, Tereza, with a driver and also visited Ruckl Glassworks factory. We greatly enjoyed being with Terza as an experienced and knowledgeable guide. She knew many things as we drove out to Karlstejn and we made some very fun stops along the way. A great lunch place and a stop for coffee. We learned a lot about life in Czechia and Bohemia. The crystal glass is very beautiful and we bought a small vase with embedded garnets. We walked up to the castle, which was a fun way to approach it, out of the woods. It is an impressive place. Impregnable. We bought one of the tours and did not quite understand that while we got to see the Golden Room that we did not then get to see some of the other sites in the castle due to time constraints. You pick one tour and you might like to pick both tours. Anyway, the tour guide inside the castle was also very good. The Chapel of the Holy Cross (or Golden Room) was very special. Quite amazing. Very old stuff. And to think that the crown jewels of Europe were stored here at one time is mind-blowing. Tereza was a very good guide and we had a fun day touring with her and our driver. I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of the Personal Prague guides that we experienced. She took care of us and we got to make many choices with her during the day. We stopped to see the Grand Canyon of Bohemia (Little America) and two nice places to eat. We felt right at home with her that day. The Czechia countryside is gorgeous and it was a good choice to get out of the city for a day trip like this.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Don M
    Terrigal, Australia87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    It was closed when we went. We knew that in advance but it didn't prevent us having a wonderful day adventure from Prague, catching the train out to Karlstejn. A pleasant ride followed by a walk from the station up to the castle was fun and enjoyed by the whole family - kids aged 6 and 13.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Dream26270206130
    99 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different sight
    A nice little half day excursion outside of Prague. Definitely a hike to the castle on both paved and gravel roads so comfortable shoes and water are necessary. The shops are the same from the bottom of the castle and at the top with trinkets, wine, ice cream, and snacks/drinks.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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Paris090
London, UK60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We visited this castle on the last day of our mini-break on Tursday, the 31st March, arriving by train from Prague. The castle looks stunning from the outside so we were really looking forward to seeing the interior and wandering round the castle. We had to wait over half an hour for the English speaking tour guide which is the only way to see the castle. We paid the full tour cost but were disappointed that we could not see all the castle and a lot of the displays were in fact replicas. The tour guide gave us the history of the castle which dates from 1400 but I found it difficult to understand her accent. We did not feel it was worth the amount that we had paid due to the limitations on what we could see. There is some refurbishment work going on and no toilets are available so at the end of our visit we went to use the portaloos provided. They were absolutely DISGUSTING, unusable and needed to be emptied. Fortunately we were able to use the very clean toilets at the station on our return to Prague. All in all this visit was a let down and I would suggest that anyone wanting to visit waits untl all the works are completed and maybe then there will be more to see.
Written April 5, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
An very old castle, with interesting architecture. It can be reached coming from Prague by S7 train. It’s a 45 minutes trip. From the train station you have to walk about 2km on a road that climbs a slight slope (on the last portion it becomes a bit steeper). The castle can be visited only on a guided tour. There are three variants of guided tour, which practically have no common parts. I don't think it's a good idea, I think it's just a way to get more money from tourists. So, if you want to see everything there is to see, you have to do all the tours. Coupling of the 3 tours would result into a really interesting tour. On two of the tours, is forbidden to take photos. The “Karlštejn Castle Chapels” tour, the longest and the most expensive I think doesn’t worth the money. It’s too long, there is too much time wasted with the detailed description of the biblical scenes painted on the walls. The only really impressive part is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Besides, as I said, you can’t take any photo in this tour.
Written August 30, 2021
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Lets cruise
Miami, FL1,714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
If you are visiting Czech Republic and have a little spare time this is an absolute must. Not only is the little village under the castle very charming but the views from various bridges and towers are stunning. The interior of the castle is available for viewing in various tours. I did the basic with representative rooms of the king Carl IV. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun so the tour passed very fast.
Written June 21, 2020
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Chuck H
Kennewick, WA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
We traveled to Karlstejn Castle with our Prague Personal guide, Tereza, with a driver and also visited Ruckl Glassworks factory. We greatly enjoyed being with Terza as an experienced and knowledgeable guide. She knew many things as we drove out to Karlstejn and we made some very fun stops along the way. A great lunch place and a stop for coffee. We learned a lot about life in Czechia and Bohemia. The crystal glass is very beautiful and we bought a small vase with embedded garnets.

We walked up to the castle, which was a fun way to approach it, out of the woods. It is an impressive place. Impregnable. We bought one of the tours and did not quite understand that while we got to see the Golden Room that we did not then get to see some of the other sites in the castle due to time constraints. You pick one tour and you might like to pick both tours. Anyway, the tour guide inside the castle was also very good. The Chapel of the Holy Cross (or Golden Room) was very special. Quite amazing. Very old stuff. And to think that the crown jewels of Europe were stored here at one time is mind-blowing.

Tereza was a very good guide and we had a fun day touring with her and our driver. I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of the Personal Prague guides that we experienced. She took care of us and we got to make many choices with her during the day. We stopped to see the Grand Canyon of Bohemia (Little America) and two nice places to eat. We felt right at home with her that day. The Czechia countryside is gorgeous and it was a good choice to get out of the city for a day trip like this.
Written July 11, 2023
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andrewti
Bangor, UK37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Just to make everyone aware that they should check opening days/hours for the castle before visiting, especially if out of season.

We visited on a Wednesday in February to find the town like a ghost town due to the castle being closed.

Plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops with menus and boards outside but not a single one open.

We didn't mind so much as it was a nice day and we had a brisk walk up to the castle gates and back. And it was a nice train ride out of Prague.

But our only source of sustenance was the vending machine in the train station
Written February 16, 2023
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Beat S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Visit is only possible by tour. you have to choose one of three - seeing everything is not possible at ones. The probably most interesting tour to the chapel lasts 100 minutes, accordingly we decided to go for the basic tour with our small children which is supposed to be 50min. There is not a lot to see, most of the few furnitures and paintings are replicas from later epoches. Our children behaved very well and where only wispering from time to time. Mostly because we had to translate to them (They speak only Slovak and German). In the last room the guide asked kind of unfriendly for them to stop wispering, while she was explaining endless family tree monologs.
Written October 5, 2022
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Carl P
Colfax, NC76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very nice castle but do your research and be sure to go to the bathroom before going up to the castle. They are currently building a new visitor center and the portable lavatories are just terrible! We went on a weekend and it was very busy. Therefore a guided tour was not done. Food, beverage and shopping in the town just below the castle was very nice.
Be aware no cars are allowed there plenty of parking just below the town.
Written September 1, 2022
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Blue Chip Chris
Ithaca, NY123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The castle is only 45 mins away from Prague and the train drops you off relatively close. The main tower opens in May so keep that in mind. There are other parts of the castle you can explore with very scenic views. The staff were helpful and very knowledgeable about the history of the castle.
Written March 7, 2020
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hughes1975
Shimonoseki, Japan45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It takes for 2 hours from Prague and walk for about 30 minutes to reach castle.
Only 3 kind of tour are available. I took 60 minutes guide tour, because other 2 tours were unavailable when I visited.
But 60 minutes tour is enough to tour.
You can see wonderful exhibition.
Written January 8, 2020
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Patrick G
Alexandria, VA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a nice and easy trip to visit this beautiful castle which is full of surprises! Took the train from Prague and then walked up the hill to the castle (lots of walking involved) The staff were very nice, and tours/tickets can be ordered via the internet in advance. Very well maintained and beautiful views from the castle walls. Lots of history and beautiful views from the ramparts. A spectacular chapel times two are located in the castle... simply stunning!!! A great day trip from Prague
Written July 24, 2022
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