- Very popular trip among our clients. An excellent option for those who want a half-day trip from Prague, with afternoon return.
- Features a medieval hilltop castle with picturesque village below.
- Possible extension available to Krivoklat Castle, Bohemian Glassworks or caves nearby or a lovely hiking combination is available.
Czech Republic Tours – Prague Tours
Private trip from Prague to Karlstejn Castle
The most important medieval castle in Bohemia occupies a wholly exceptional position among the many Czech castles. The impressive chateau was founded originally as a treasury and safe-keeping place for the Czech crown jewels and holy relics rather than royal seat.
A short distance from Prague, the castle setting in romantic woodlands acquaints visitors with the natural beauty of Czech countryside and a glimpse of some typical local villages.
Its fortification wall galleries afford a beautiful view of the entire castle precinct and the valley below the spreading village.
Named after its founder Charles IV, Czech and German king and Roman emperor, the castle dates to 10 June, 1348 when foundation stone was laid by Charles IV’s close friend and adviser, Prague´s archbishop, Arnost of Pardubice. No other castle in Bohemia or Europe was erected with such solemn circumstance.
Charles was reared with profound respect and reverence for all things holy. As common among rulers and popes of the time, he was also a collector of holy relics and decided to keep his most valuable relics at Karlstejn, including the imperial coronation treasure, which was considered holy at the time.
The castle was never conqured, enduring a prolonged siege by Hussites in the 15th century.
After the reign of Charles, by the 18th century the castle had slowly lost its revered position among Czech castles prior to renewal of interest in this important and historic monument.
GUIDED TOURS OF KARLSTEJN CASTLE
Tour 1 – Private and Representatives halls of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.
This most favorite tour includes historical interior of Imperial palace and the Marian tower containing valuable equipment of five centuries with visits to Courtier’s Hall, Royal Bedroom, Hall of Knights with chapel of St. Nicolas, Audience and Banquet Halls, Chapter Deanery, Hall of Ancestors, Treasury and Jewels Hall, and former castle prison.
Tour fee: adult- 270 CZK/ person (child 6+, student, senior 65+- 180 CZK/ person)
Tour 2 – The Sacred Area : The Chapel of The Holy Cross
(This tour requires prior booking and advance payment.) Tour includes Marian and Great towers, visit to the Church of Our Lady, Chapel of St. Catharine, former Sacristy, suspension wooden bridge, museum of lapidary, castle’s picture gallery and the Holy Cross Chapel.
Tour fee: adult- 330 CZK/ person (child 6+, student, senior 65+- 230 CZK/person)
Extensions / combinations available with Karlstejn Castle tour:
For those interested, castle tour may be combined with tour of the nearby Glassworks, Krivoklat Castle, Beroun town, or the Koneprusy caves, may possibly be arranged.
For those interested in walking and hiking, castle tour may be comibined with hiking in beautiful countryside and forests spreading around the castle which have many hiking trails. Such a combination requires a full day.
Let us know if you are interested in either of these combination/extensions.
|Availability:||from 1st - to 6th January, 1st March – 9th November closed),|
|(Mondays 13th – 31st December (closed on 24-25th December)|
|Location:||25 km west of Prague|
|Means of transport:||a car/van and walking|
|Walking:||uphill to a castle, rather steep – possible to rent a horse carriage|
|What to see:||beautiful countryside, Karlštejn village, Castle interior tour (60min,|
|entrance fee 200 CZK), Chapel of the Holly Rood (80 min,|
|entrance fee 300 CZK, booking necessary)|
|Links:||www.hradkarlstejn.cz, Bohemia Glassworks – Nižbor|
|Meeting place & time:||reception of your hotel unless agreed otherwise and time|
|we leave completely up to you.|
Price of this fully private trip includes a car/ a van + a driver and a service of a guide
|amount of people||CZK||EUR||USD|
|1 – 2 people||5.000,-||191,-||270,-|
|3 – 6 people||5.500,-||233,-||329,-|
- You can pay after the tour to your guide or a driver.
- Entrance fees are not included in the price and may slightly vary.
- EUR and US count is approximate and can alter depending on actual exchange rates.
- It is also possible to hire a private guide who would act as a driver: a private guide and driver in one. This is a cheaper alternative to hiring an extra guide and an extra driver. If you are interested, send us an email for details.