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267 18 Karlštejn

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Located about 20 miles southwest of downtown Prague, Karlštejn Castle is an excellent daytrip destination for travelers hoping to get out of the city. Originally constructed in 1348 with Gothic architecture, Karlštejn Castle was reconstructed in the 16th century to sport the Renaissance style of the time, before being remodeled again with neo-Gothic architecture in the 19th century. Many original features of the castle have been preserved, while its continuous reconstruction makes the amalgamation of styles especially interesting for architecture enthusiasts. Regardless of your interest in buildings, the Karlštejn Castle offers a variety of interesting features for travelers to take in.

Many past visitors recommend taking a guided tour of the castle’s interior (the only way to enter the castle) to be sure to see everything noteworthy, as well as understand the castle’s historical context. Recent travelers also suggest taking the S7 train from downtown Prague (the ride is about 40 minutes) to get to the castle, but they warn that the 1.5-mile walk between the station and the castle is not for everyone, though you can take a taxi from the station.

Three different tours are available, and they run from roughly 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a lot of variety based on the day and season. Basic tours cost 320 koruna (about $14), extended tours cost up to 750 koruna (about $33) and the shortest tours cost 260 koruna (about $11). The shortest option takes travelers to the upper floors of the Great Tower and lasts roughly 40 minutes, while longer tours explore the castle’s various private and representative rooms or sacred spaces and range from 55 minutes to 100 minutes. A variety of discounts are offered for students and groups and families, while children 6 and younger can participate in any tour for free. Tour tickets are available through the Karlštejn Castle’s website, which is also an excellent resource for more specific tour hours and prices.

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