Czech Republic
Karlstejn Castle

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Berounka River, Karlštejn Castle is one of the Czech Republic's most visited and iconic landmarks. Built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, this fortress is an unparalleled treasure trove of history, art, and mystique. Read more

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Karlštejn Castle, constructed in the 14th century, was originally designed to safeguard the imperial regalia and the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels. The fortress' strategic location, robust walls, and innovative defensive measures made it virtually impregnable, earning it a place in military and architectural history. The castle's multiple tiers rise like a dream above the surrounding forests, a three-level composition of royal residence, Chapel of the Holy Cross, and the Great Tower.
Each section of the castle serves a specific purpose. The Imperial Palace housed the emperor and his entourage, the Marian Tower was reserved for the empress, and the monumental Great Tower stored invaluable treasures. Its Chapel of the Holy Cross, decorated with semi-precious stones and panels of gold, was intended as a private place of worship for the emperor.
Over the centuries, the castle has undergone numerous renovations, but it retains its original Gothic character. Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply an explorer, Karlštejn Castle offers a captivating journey back in time.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Karlstejn Castle

Great Tower

The central tower, which held the crown jewels and is the castle's most fortified structure.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

An ornately decorated chapel featuring wall paintings and a unique collection of 129 panel paintings by Master Theodoric.

Imperial Palace

Where Charles IV would have stayed, offering a glimpse into royal life in the 14th century.

Well Tower

A marvel of medieval engineering, the well was dug 79 meters deep into the rock to provide water during sieges.

Marian Tower

Originally dedicated to the empress and women of the court, featuring living quarters and private chapels.

St. Catherine’s Chapel

A charming chapel adorned with frescoes, depicting various saints and biblical stories.

Wax Museum

Located nearby, this museum presents lifelike figures from Czech history, providing a visual context to the castle's past.

Berounka River

A picturesque river that flows at the bottom of the hill, ideal for canoeing and picnics.

Karlštejn Village

A quaint village at the castle’s foothills, filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and traditional Czech architecture.

Local Vineyards

The surrounding areas are known for wine production; a local wine tour can add another layer to your visit.

What else to visit
In and around Karlstejn Castle

Velka Amerika (2.76 km)

A stunning abandoned limestone quarry nicknamed the "Czech Grand Canyon." Located near the village of Mořina in the Czech Republic, this captivating site offers visitors a unique blend of natural wonder and historical significance.

Koneprusy Cave (8.87 km)

Tucked away in the Bohemian Karst region, the Koněprusy Caves are the longest cave system in the Czech Republic. A subterranean wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, these caves offer an ethereal journey into the Earth's prehistoric past.

Dobris Castle (17.51 km)

Nestled amidst the verdant forests of Central Bohemia, Dobříš Castle captivates visitors with its splendid rococo architecture and luxuriant French gardens. A symbol of elegance and history, the castle is an idyllic getaway not far from Prague.

Prague Airport (19.63 km)

Václav Havel Airport Prague, the main international gateway to the Czech Republic, is a modern and highly frequented air hub with a rich history. It offers first-class passenger services and connects Prague to hundreds of destinations around the world.

Prague Castle (22.35 km)

Prague Castle, perched majestically on a hill overlooking the Vltava River, is not only the largest ancient castle in the world but also the heart of Czech cultural and political history. This iconic landmark is a must-visit for its architectural grandeur

Centrum Prague (22.6 km)

Prague's historic center enchants with a timeless allure, where every cobblestone whispers tales of bygone eras, and every corner offers a piece of living history.

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