A 40 minute train ride from Hlavni main railway station in Prague, a train departs every half hour to Karlstejn. The trains are clean and punctual. The guided tours, in more than one language, are confusing and you may be better to pre book your timed tickets beforehand via their website. The problem is that there are 2 different tours departing at different times, in different languages! we took Tour I but fell cheated when it didn't include the main tower. Tour II covers this but we would have had to waited a long time on a rainy day to take this one. Having said that, the castle is magnificent and oozes history. The uphill walk from the station takes 40 mins. Don't be tempted to take a taxi. The long route it took indirectly to the castle was expensive. The walk back down through the village was great, with lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and craft shops en route. Great day out.
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