Czech Republic
Krivoklat Castle

Atop a hill and surrounded by lush forests, Krivoklat Castle is a captivating destination that whisks you away to a world of medieval romance and royal intrigues. Located in the Czech Republic, this historic gem invites exploration and imagination. Read more

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Krivoklat Castle, one of the oldest and most significant castles in the Czech Republic, is an enthralling complex built during the 12th century. Initially serving as a royal hunting lodge, the castle was expanded and fortified over the centuries, reflecting various architectural styles including Romanesque and Gothic. It has been the residence of Bohemian kings and a prison for high-ranking nobles.
The castle complex features an impressive keep, a chapel, and several exhibition halls that house a rich collection of hunting artifacts, medieval weapons, and art. A particularly eye-catching part of the castle is its ornate library, containing more than 52,000 volumes.
Visitors can also explore the dark history of the castle in its prison and torture chambers. Walking through the halls and rooms, one can almost hear the echoes of the past, from royal footsteps to the lamentations of imprisoned nobles.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Krivoklat Castle

The Great Tower

Climb this central keep for panoramic views of the surrounding forested landscape.

The Castle Chapel

Admire the exquisite Gothic frescoes and beautiful altars.

Castle Library

Home to a rich collection of manuscripts and early printed books, it’s a paradise for history buffs.

Exhibition Halls

Learn about the castle's history through well-curated exhibits featuring medieval arms, hunting artifacts, and more.

Prison and Torture Chambers

Explore the darker side of the castle’s history where high-ranking nobles were imprisoned.

Castle Courtyard

A spacious area used for various events and performances, offering a glimpse into medieval life.

Guided Tours

Gain deeper insights into the castle's history and architecture through expert-led tours.

Surrounding Forests

Nature trails around the castle provide an excellent opportunity for hiking and bird-watching.

Souvenir Shop

Pick up mementos like traditional Czech crafts and books.

Local Village of Krivoklat

Visit the charming nearby village for local cuisine and additional historical context.

What else to visit
In and around Krivoklat Castle

Koneprusy Cave (19.49 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.

Zbiroh Chateau (21.38 km)

Step into a world of elegance and history at Zbiroh Chateau, one of the Czech Republic's hidden gems. This fairy-tale castle unites various architectural styles into a harmonious blend, offering a fascinating journey through time.

Karlstejn Castle (25.06 km)

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.

Velka Amerika (25.29 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.

Lidice Memorial (26.19 km)

The Lidice Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the darker chapters of human history, commemorating the village of Lidice and its inhabitants who were annihilated by the Nazis during World War II.

Liechteinstein Castle (26.19 km)

Perched atop a wooded hillside near Vienna, a fairy-tale fortress blending medieval architecture with the romantic allure of legends. As one of Austria's most picturesque castles, it captivates visitors with its enchanting setting and rich history.

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