Karlštejn Castle |
All Day trips from Prague
300 minutes |
Half-day trip to a majestic Gothic castle founded 650 years ago (in 1348) by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and of the Roman Empire. The castle was purpose built as a place for safekeeping of royal treasures, especially the coronation jewels and served as king´s sanctuary.
Located in a picturesque site on the Dragon´s rock in the middle of dense forests just about an hour´s drive from Prague, for many visitors this is one of the most popular Czech destinations.
See meeting point on the map (Pařížská 1, Prague 1 - Staré Město) - the corner of Pařížská street.
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The Disney-like Gothic castle was founded in the 14th century by Charles IV - the King of Bohemia and Roman Emperor. It is located about 30 km South West of Prague above the village holding the same name. This castle was to serve as a place to store the Royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels (i.e St. Wenceslas).
The treasure was to be found under the Chapel of St. Cross, the most beautiful part of the castle. It was decorated with gemstones, gold, stars of the Venice glassware, gold-coated chains and a unique portrait gallery of The Whole Army of Heaven, which dates more than five hundred years back.
The Karlštejn Castle also served as the King´s retreat and the King personally supervised the construction works and interior decorations. The castle stands on a hill surrounded by other hills, so unless you are really close, you cannot see it. And since it is impossible to see the castle from afar, it was never conquered in the past!
Czechs also love the castle because of the musical made in the 1970s (based on play by Czech writer Jaroslav Vrchlický) which tells the story of the king Charles IV and his alleged prohibiton of women staying at the castle only to learn his own wife as well as burgrave´s niece hid there...
We suggest to spend some time at the picturesque village, admire the works of local artists or if you fancy bit of hike you can visit the beautiful geological sites (Mexiko, Malá Amerika, Velká Amerika) located few kilometres away.
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