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Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn)
Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn)

Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn)

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273 Reviews
Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Prague, Czech Republic

The Basics

Karlstejn Castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV of Bohemia—one of the Czech Republic’s best-loved historical figures (the Charles Bridge in Prague is named after him). He intended the castle to act as a stronghold for his priceless crown jewels and holy relics. In the years that followed, the castle was besieged by Hussite forces and damaged by fire before being restored in the 19th century. Nowadays, guided tours from Prague bring the castle’s many secrets to life.

One of the highlights of a visit to the castle is the chance to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower. The walls of the chapel are decorated with more than 2,000 semiprecious stones along with 128 paintings by the craftsman Master Theodoric.

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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague
$50.96 per adult
Nce trip out of Prague to this...
Nce trip out of Prague to this beautiful castle! The guide was very well-informed and told us many interesting stories! Highly recommended!
Steven N, Aug 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Prague

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Would highly recommend
katiemay, Feb 2020
Private Karlstejn castle tour from Prague with Lunch and Admission
Myself and my partner were picked up by Michael from our hotel, he drove us to the castle and accompanied us up the hill to the entrance, we then had an hour long tour of the castle and lunch was included. Michael was a great tour guide, super friendly, spoke great English and very informative. Would highly recommend him :)
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Historic and important site
E9895KWpatricks, Sep 2019
Karlstejn Castle Half Day Tour from Prague
Some tours on Viator dont go INSIDE the castle. That is a mistake. Grey Lines gets you to the castle and inside to enjoy its magnificence. Trust Viktor and his team. He is native Czech and is customer focused. You can count on him.
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Wonderful cycling trip to Karlstejn from Prague
jacquidavidson1, Aug 2019
Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
Victor our wonderful cycle guide was excellent throughout and let us set the pace for the day. He allowed us to stop as when we wanted and found a great place for us to eat lunch. The scenery was terrific and most of the cycling was along quiet paths both next to the river and through the countryside. Victor was an excellent guide and we quickly all became friends.
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Great tour!
GraigShapiro, Aug 2019
Small-Group Karlštejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves Tour
Both my tour guide Jan and my driver were fantastic. Got some really good history on these beautiful sites. Jan was well informed on everything and a great guy to bounce questions off of on the history of Czech Republic outside of just the tour. Would definitely do another tour with this company.
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Amazing fun tour
Docanthon, Aug 2019
Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
We met our unbelievable guide Sharka, when she picked us up exactly at 8. We went on a hike in the bohemian Forest and then rode a boat through the canyon. Had a delicious lunch sponsored by the tour. Then hiked through the basilar in Germany. We were dropped off at our hotel exactly on time. It was a wonderful break from being in the city period would recommend it to anybody in Prague for more than a few days.
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Great Day Trip!
Stacey P, Jul 2019
Small-Group Karlštejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves Tour
Erica was an excellent guide. She gave a good history overview and was very accommodating when one of our party had issues with stairs. Both her and our driver came up with alternate routes to walk and made sure we were comfortable. It was nice to get out of Prague and see a little of the countryside. And it's always interesting to spend time in the company of locals who are happy to share their culture.
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Awesome Day
Gamez5, Jul 2019
Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting Lunch
We really enjoyed the private tour with Vladimer and Bruno. They made our experience so enjoyable and learned a lot. Thank you.
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Glass Works and Castle
Patricia G, Jul 2019
Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks from Prague
Lovely scenery and great tour at glass works. Castle tour was very informative and the small town was fun. Both guide and driver were pleasant and polite, they took great care of us. Overall a very good choice for my sister and I.
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A great tour and local guide Michal Stanislav
208jereh, Jun 2019
Private Karlstejn castle tour from Prague with Lunch and Admission
The tour of Karlstejn castle was enhanced by a great tour guide. Michal did a great job of explaining the history and the unique details of Karlstejn and local area. He also took us to a local restaurant that was excellent
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Solid guide, trip...
B8930ZOlarss, Oct 2019
Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague
Overall great trip and guide. My only "complaint" is that we weren't able to see the medieval family chapel, as it is only available to small(er) private tours. It looks like an amazing part of the castle, and it was irritating that we couldn't see it while we were there. I understand the reasons why the castle staff don't want huge numbers traipsing through the chapel. But my request is that Viator offer this as a private, or smaller tour, so that one has the option/opportunity to see such a special part of the site.
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All around wonderful tour
James P, Sep 2019
Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting Lunch
My wife and I took this tour to not only see this amazing castle, but also see some of the country side away from Prague. It was perfect for both. Our guide Vladimir was a very nice and interesting man. We truly enjoyed all our conversations with him. Joking, laughing and learning about history. We were also accompanied by a very nice woman (GG). She too was very enjoyable and the four of us never fell into a single awkward silence. Beyond the castle we also enjoyed the trip to the glass factory and then on to our final stop at a wonderful lunch. This was the best tour we ever took, hands down. Ask for Vladimir and you wont be disappointed.
star-4
Awesome Countryside Sight seeing
pmsilverio, Jul 2019
Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
My experience on this bike tour was very good, it worth the day out of Prague and the crowds, the sight seeing of the countryside is amazing . The guide, Victor was really friendly and helpfull. The down sides were the heat (35C) and the castle tour that was delimited in a few rooms and a small backyard. Experience to repeat in a rented bike.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to the castle is by paid ticket.

  • All visitors must join a tour to see the castle.

  • Discounted tickets can be purchased for seniors, students, and children under 15.

  • With steep steps and uneven floors, the castle is not suited to people with limited mobility.

  • Horse-drawn carriages can be hired to transport you from the village to the castle.

  • A number of cafes and restaurants offer refreshments on-site.

  • Try a glass of Karlstejn wine—grapes have been grown here since the 14th century.

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How to Get There

Trains depart several times a day from hlavni nádrazi (Prague’s central station) to Karlstejn village at the bottom of the castle hill. The walk up to the castle takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively, numerous guided tours visit the castle from Prague with round-trip transport from Prague. It’s also possible to drive and there is parking in the village.

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When to Get There

Karlstejn Castle’s opening hours vary by season. In July and August, it is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The castle is closed on Mondays the rest of the year. From mid-November it’s only open on weekends, and closes over Christmas week and for most of February (dates vary by year). Double-check before traveling if you’re planning to visit in the winter months. In the summer months, the castle can get very busy with tourists.

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