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Karlstejn Castle, Karlstejn

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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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  • Visit is only possible by tour. you have to choose one of three - seeing everything is not possible at ones. The probably most interesting tour to the chapel lasts 100 minutes, accordingly we decided....  more
    Visit is only possible by tour. you have to choose one of three - seeing everything is not possible at ones. The probably most interesting tour to the chapel lasts 100 minutes, accordingly we decided....  more »
  • This castle is one of five that we visited on our vacation across Europe. This is my 2nd favorite- it is like a fairy tale from long ago- this castle is not the modern day opulence-and-riches sort.....  more
    This castle is one of five that we visited on our vacation across Europe. This is my 2nd favorite- it is like a fairy tale from long ago- this castle is not the modern day opulence-and-riches sort.....  more »
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  • We went to see the castle as we had some spare time in Prague. It was nice to see the land outside the capital. Very very green. The castle is nothing special. There are tours in English but you have to pay different tickets if you want to visit the whole castle.
  • Great day trip just 30 minute train ride from Prague. The mandatory guided tours are informative and full of neat information. During winter months, the main part is closed off for preservation, so best to visit after May. We still enjoyed our time at the castle and in town, despite not being able to see everything.

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