Karlstejn Castle, Karlstejn

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Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Towering over a busy little village, Karlstejn Castle once served as a hideaway for the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. Seemingly unperturbed by the passage of time, this 600-year-old structure is situated just 30 km (18 mi) southwest of Prague. The castle's star attraction is a chapel designed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV to hold his crown jewels, holy relics, and valuable documents. Centuries ago, this chapel safeguarded its treasures behind four doors with nineteen locks. Today, the chapel is open to visitors wishing to see its vaulted ceilings decorated with thousands of semiprecious stones. Most of the castle interior is accessible by guided tour only, so book your tickets in advance. By using our Karlstejn holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Karlstejn Castle and other attractions in Karlstejn.
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  • 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.....  more »
  • It was a one day trip to Karlstejn and really worth it. I enjoyed the czech cusine in the nearby restaurants and the views were gorgeous.  more »
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  • Well worth the convenient train ride from Prague, but you will need to walk 30-45 minutes to the castle (depending on your speed) with a lot of up hill. "Classic" hilltop castle in great shape, more than just a structure, with a few artifacts here and there.
  • Beautiful castle and great guide! Our English guide was very fluent and friendly. The history of the castle was interesting and fun. The castle is unbelievably well-preserved. Not much tourists, recommended to visit on a sunny day for view and photography.
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