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Karlstejn Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour from Prague

1. Karlstejn Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour from Prague

Leave Prague behind and travel back to the 14th century with our tour to Karlestejn Castle, one of the most impressive Gothic castles in the Czech Republic. Choose between a private and shared option and drive through the picturesque countryside, arrive at Karlestejn Castle, in the middle of dense forests not far from the capital. Founded by Emperor Charles IV, Karlestejn Castle became a treasury for the crown jewels and holy relics. Dominating the hilltop is the 60 meters high and separately fortified Great Tower built upon the massive walls that house the Chapel of the Holy Cross. From there, you can step down to the Marian Tower, the five-storied Imperial Palace and come to the Well Tower and Burgrave's Palace located at the lowest level. After your guided tour, return to Prague.

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Half-Day Trip to Karlštejn Castle from Prague

2. Half-Day Trip to Karlštejn Castle from Prague

Travel from Prague by air-conditioned bus and enjoy the beautiful scenery en route to Karlštejn town. The bus is equipped with Wi-Fi so you can keep connected on the 1-hour journey. Along the way, a guide will tell you the history of the Gothic castle that Charles IV built. Once in Karlštejn, take a short uphill walk to Karlštejn Castle, built as a treasury for the Czech crown jewels. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with a local guide. See the castle interiors and the treasury where the crown jewels were kept. Learn more about the history and legends of Karlštejn Castle. Discover why it is considered a symbol of the golden age of Czech lands. At the end of your tour, drive back to Prague with drop off at your hotel or in the city center.

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From Prague: Bike Trip to Karlstejn

3. From Prague: Bike Trip to Karlstejn

You'll be picked up from your central Prague hotel in the morning and then head to the starting point to meet your guide for an overview of the day ahead. Your guide will also assist you in adjusting your bike if necessary.  Start on the route (32 km) to Karlstejn, taking a special cycle path after the first two kilometers, which will lead you along the riverbanks of the beautiful Vltava and Berounka rivers. Cycling through the Czech countryside with its picturesque villages, there will be plenty of stops for refreshments and photo opportunities. A must-see is Dobrichovice Castle, with its richly decorated restaurant on the first floor. Here, the tour will stop for a short break. Then it's only 9 km to Karlstejn Village. Once the tour arrives in the village of Karlstejn, park your bikes close to the train station where the group will stop at the restaurant. The bike tour ends here and for the rest of the tour, you will have free time to explore the splendid village of Karlstejn with its many shops and entertainment possibilities. You may wish to visit the famous Karlstejn Castle (on your own). Karlstejn is surrounded by many hiking tracks, which also make for a great afternoon activity after your bike ride. Spend as much time as you like in Karlstejn Village and then return to Prague by train when you're ready. The train to Prague departs every 30 minutes. You will receive a train ticket from your guide. The train ticket is open and you can take any train from the schedule that you like. Enjoy the flexibility of this tour to Karlstejn and spend as much time in this picturesque village as you like before returning to Prague.

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Karlstejn Castle & Crystal Manufactory - Private Tour

4. Karlstejn Castle & Crystal Manufactory - Private Tour

One of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic, the Karlstejn Castle was built by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV in 1348 to house royal treasures including a collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. You will be picked up from your selected location in Prague by your private driver and guide (van available for groups of 6, EUR 40 extra charge applies,) and taken to this awe-inspiring location which sits atop a panoramic hilltop. After a 1 km climb (also accessible by taxi or horse-drawn carriage, if preferred) we will begin our tour of the sumptuous interior of the Imperial Palace and the lower floors of the Marian Tower, which contain artefacts from the 14th to 19th centuries. Enjoy a traditional Czech lunch in the charming village below the castle before proceeding to the second part of the tour, the Crystal Factory. This nearby glassworks produces an extensive range of 24% leaded cut crystal in a selection of fine motifs, from the simple to the ornate. The provider of official state gifts, the glassworks is renowned for the high quality of its products. Decorative elements found on the pieces include gilt, hand painting and sandblasting. Enjoy a tour of the glassworks and marvel at the fascinating glass-making process.

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Prague to Karlstejn Castle E-Bike Tour

5. Prague to Karlstejn Castle E-Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Prague on a full-day e-bike tour to Karlstejn Castle, and marvel at the Czech countryside as you bike out of the city’s southwestern suburbs. Cycle on comfortable e-bike to one of the Czech Republic’s most popular castles in approximately 3.5-4 hours. Enjoy the flat terrain as you bike along the banks of 2 rivers. Depart Prague at 09:30, and pass through several scenic villages along the way. Stop at panoramic view points and to enjoy refreshments. Arrive at Karlstejn village (population 800) and stop for lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant. Then, take a short 15-minute stroll to the castle grounds. Your guide will tell you the history of the castle as well as the life of Charles IV., and will show you around the exterior. Take an optional 55-minute guided tour of the castle interior (own expense) to see relics from King Karel’s life. Return to Prague by train, and relax on the 40-minute journey back to the city center.

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Prague: Karlštejn Castle Private Tour

6. Prague: Karlštejn Castle Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Prague and drive you to the castle. The tour of the castle includes the historical interiors of the imperial palace and the lower floors of the Marian Tower. Take the chance to see valuable relics from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Karlštejn Castle is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. It was built by the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348 as a place for safekeeping the royal treasures, particularly Emperor Charles IV’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. The fortress-like castle also served as the emperor’s summer retreat. Over 660 years old, Karlštejn Castle was never totally conquered. The castle even survived a 7-month siege  in the 15th century. Once you have explored the castle with your guide, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

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From Prague: Small Group Koneprusy Caves & Karlstejn Castle

7. From Prague: Small Group Koneprusy Caves & Karlstejn Castle

You will be picked up by an air-conditioned vehicle between 7:00 and 7:30am at your Prague residence. Enjoy the scenic and informative ride which takes approx. 30 mins. Your English-speaking guide will tell you all that interests you about the Czech culture, nature or history.   After arriving at the Koněprusy Caves southwest of Prague, join a guided excursion of the largest underground cave system in Bohemia. Admire the majestic stalagmites and stalactites all around you. Learn about the prehistoric Celtic settlements which existed there. Visit the jaw-dropping limestone domes and halls.   Afterwards, enjoy a well-earned lunch; enjoy the magic of traditional Bohemian cuisine and taste some of the best beer in the world. Hear authentic Bohemian anecdotes and stories in a traditional Czech-style tavern.  Next stop will be at Karlstejn village. From there, go either by foot or by local van up to the castle and visit the 14th-century residence of medieval Bohemian kings which is protecting the crown jewels and other royal treasures. Admire the collections of art as well as many historical relics. The tour is guided and delivered in English. After a well deserved traditional Bohemian lunch in a Czech style tavern, where you will taste some of the best beer in the world and hear authentic bohemian anecdotes and stories, head to the Great America quarry. Stop to take pictures or do a full walk around the quarry (depending on your preference).

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Prague: Karlstejn Castle & Glass Factory Tour with Lunch

8. Prague: Karlstejn Castle & Glass Factory Tour with Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Prague or from the meeting point, then heads out towards Karlstejn Castle just an hour outside the city. Admire the castle’s impressive architecture and learn about its rich-history, which dates back to the 14th century. Retrace the steps of powerful Czech kings as you explore the castle grounds and imagine what life was like here throughout the ages. Continue the tour to the next stop of the day, stopping for a photo at the stunning Velka Amerika along the way. Arrive at one of the country’s oldest and most famous glassworks, which has been operating since 1846, and embark on a guided tour. Discover the process of crystal glass art and meet local glassmakers hard at work. Before leaving, stop at the factory’s outlet to shop for a crystal glass souvenir. At the end of an insightful and memorable tour, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local Czech restaurant. Dine on a delicious three-course meal with a selection of traditional dishes accompanied by regional beer. The tour returns to Prague at around 4:00 PM.

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Prague to Karlstejn Castle Full-Day Bike Tour

9. Prague to Karlstejn Castle Full-Day Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Prague on a full-day bike tour to Karlstejn Castle, and marvel at the Czech countryside as you bike out of the city’s southwestern suburbs. Cycle to one of the Czech Republic’s most popular castles in approximately 3.5-4 hours. Enjoy the flat terrain as you bike along the banks of 2 rivers. Depart Prague at 09:30, and pass through several scenic villages along the way. Stop at panoramic view points and to enjoy refreshments. Upon arrival at Karlstejn village (population 800), stop for lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant. Then, take a short 15-minute stroll to the castle grounds. Your guide will tell you the history of the castle as well as the life of Karel IV, and will show you around the exterior. Take an optional 55-minute guided tour of the castle interior (own expense) to see relics from King Karel’s life. Return to Prague by train, and relax on the 40-minute journey back to the city center.

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Karlstejn Castle & Countryside Bike Tour From Prague

10. Karlstejn Castle & Countryside Bike Tour From Prague

1-Day Classical Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle: Escape the hustle and bustle of big city life on this 9-hour bike tour of the gorgeous Cesky Kras countryside on the outskirts of Prague. Then, visit the stunning 14th-century Karlstejn Castle, built for the legendary King of Bohemia, King Charles IV. Departing from Prague by train, you will make your way to the protected Cesky Kras area to cycle along the bike paths of the Vltava and Berounka Rivers. Pedal for approximately 4.5 hours to the village of Karlštejn. Then, explore the Gothic monument of Karlstejn Castle, where the holy relics and crown jewels of the King of Bohemia were kept. Built on a promontory on the south side of Kněží Hora Hill, It is one of the Czech Republic’s most visited castles, offering superb views of the surrounding countryside. Highlights of the well-preserved medieval interior include the Knight’s Hall, Charles IV’s Bedchamber, and the Jewel House. As you explore, you will see treasures from the Chapel of the Holy Cross and a replica of the Crown of St Wenceslas. Return by train to Prague, arriving back in the city center at approximately 18:00, in time for your own evening’s entertainment. 1-Day Electric Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle: Enjoy riding through the Czech countryside on these new and exciting electric bikes. Electric bikes make covering the 35 km trip to Karlstejn easy and enjoyable. With the added electric motor, you'll have zero difficulty riding through Prague’s outskirts. The bike trip begins from the Praha Bike office in the center of Prague. Following a bike path along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers, enjoy an approximately 4 hour bike ride with regular stops and refreshment stop at beer garden. We also stop at amazing Velká Amerika Canyon (Czech Grand Canyon is partially flooded limestone quarry). We will view the quarry from an observation platform. At Karlstejn, enjoy a lunch break. After explore Karlstejn Castle exterior as your guide introduces you to the castle´s history, the life of Charles IV, his era and cultural impact. Your guide also will assist you on the train ride back to Prague, however you will be able to depart wherever you prefer in the city. The trip ends at approximately at 17:00.

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What people are saying about Karlštejn Castle

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 174 reviews

Our guide, Vladimir, was great! He communicated with me the day before the tour and met us where and when he said he would. We learned a great deal from him as he drove us to Karlstejn. Once at the parking spot he offered us the choice of walking up to the castle or catching a taxi up there. We chose the taxi. At the castle he turned us over to their English-speaking guide who led us on an informative tour that lasted nearly an hour. We walked down through the village to the van. It turns out that Get Your Guide doesn’t make clear that the glass factory is not open on Sunday so after our tour of the castle we went straight to the Kozel brewery for a tour followed by a delicious (and very filling) Czech lunch nearby. Thanks to all the food and Kozel, we were much quieter on the way home. Vladimir was kind enough to drop us off at our lodgings.

Enjoyed the walk up to the castle, lots of fun shops along the way. The castle tour is very well presented, each tour guide waits for the previous guide to move to the next room and close the door before they start their explanation of the room you are in, nice to not see guides having to talk over each other. Had excellent food on the way back down from the castle. The horse carriage is a great option to get up to the castle for those not wanting to make the hike up the hill. Driver was great getting us to and from Prague on schedule and safely.

The excursion was very well organized. Punctual collection. The guide very friendly and very good explanations.

The weather was perfect and the guide was incredibly accommodating. It was a wonderful experience.

Hanna and Paul were awesome. Tour’s were very fun and very informative. 5 Stars!