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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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  • 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 »
  • Very nice castle but do your research and be sure to go to the bathroom before going up to the castle. They are currently building a new visitor center and the portable lavatories are just terrible... 
    Very nice castle but do your research and be sure to go to the bathroom before going up to the castle. They are currently building a new visitor center and the portable lavatories are just terrible...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our time in the castle. The views are really beautiful and the walk to the castle is really nice. Teresa, our tour guide, was really good and explained every room thoroughly. I was even more impressed when she said that it was her first tour in English! She did amazing. I really recommend visiting the castle!
  • We were lucky to be there 15 minutes before the guided tour starts. The guide was one of the best guides that we experienced. He was engaging and explaining extremely well. It was a great decision that we got in and all the histories from the guide was super interesting. We did tour 1 but next time we will try tour 2 which includes seeing the main jewels! Tour 1 with 55 minutes went by quick. Plan your visit around the tour starts.

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