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Karlštejn Castle

One of the most visited sites near Prague, majestic Karlštejn Castle was built in 1348 on the orders of Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, as a stronghold for the crown jewels and royal treasures. Among the biggest attractions here are 129 board paintings by Master Theodoricus in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the extraordinarily deep castle well or the replica crown jewels. From the tower you can enjoy views of the Berounka river valley.

Opening hours

    • February
    • Sat, Sun
    • 10.00 – 15.00
    • March
    • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.30 – 16.00
    • April
    • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.30 – 17.00
    • June
    • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.00 – 17.00
    • July – August
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.00 – 18.00
    • September
    • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.30 – 17.30
    • October
    • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    • 09.30 – 16.30

12. 11.–16. 12.   Sat –Sun    10.00–15.00
17. 12.–25. 12.   Closed
26. 12.–6. 1.       Tue – Sun  10.00–15.00

Entrance fee

  • basic 330 CZK
  • reduced 230 CZK
  • family 890 CZK

Practical information

The private and representative rooms of Emperor Charles IV (Basic tour)

The tour includes historic interiors of the 1st and 2nd floors of the Imperial Palace and the 1st floor of the Marian Tower with valuable furnishings from the 14th - 19th centuries. (Courtiers Hall, Knights Hall with the St. Nicholas Chapel, Marian Tower Courtyard, Karlštejn Castle Deanery, Emperor´s Bedchamber with the St. Wenceslas Chapel, Audience Hall, Royal Hall of Ancestors and Banquet Hall, Karlštejn Castle Treasury and a former castle prison on the ground floor of the Marian Tower. In the Castle Treasury, you can admire a copy of the St. Wenceslas Crown, the medieval crown of the kings of Bohemia). The Well Tower (not guided, access from the Main Courtyard) - a 78-meter deep well with a unique medieval water wheel.

Booking is handled by the booking department of Karlštejn Castle by phone: 00420 311681617 or e-mail: reservation.karlstejn@npu.cz. The tour is organized with guide only!

Duration 55 minutes
Max. 55 people

Admission:
Full: 330 CZK
Reduced price: 230 CZK
Family ticket: 890 CZK


The sacred rooms of the castle with the chapel of the holy Cross (Exclusive tour)

Both most valuable and impressive rooms of this medieval castle with original and unique decoration. What will you see? Eastern wing of the Imperial Palace, the 2nd floor of the Marian Tower with the Church of the Virgin Mary and the St. Catherine Chapel, the Great Tower - stairway with original medieval wall painting decoration, Lapidarium (ground floor), castle gallery and exposition dedicated to architect Josef Mocker and his 19th-century reconstruction of the castle (1st floor) and the Chapel of the Holy Cross (2nd floor), the spiritual heart of Karlštejn Castle and once of the Holy Roman Empire as well. Due to a complicated and demanding content (religion, medieval art, spirituality...) and about 100 min duration, we do not recommend this tour to young children (up to 7 years of age).

Prior booking required (by phone): 0042 311 681 617. We prefer booking via telephone to avoid a complicated process of finding the right time for your visit in case of too many bookings.

Duration 100 minutes
Max. 16 people

Admission:
Full: 880 CZK
Reduced price: 610 CZK


The Great Tower View

Upper floors of the Great Tower WITHOUT the Chapel of the Holy Cross. What will you see? Stairway with Gothic wall paintings, former guardroom and armoury, an exclusive view from the highest point of the castle. The tour is organised with guide only!

Duration 40 minutes
Max. 20 people

Admission:
Full: 260 CZK
Reduced: 190 CZK
Family ticket: 710 CZK


Parking

The central (and the only) car park in the town of Karlštejn is on the left bank of the Berounka River, about 2 km from the castle


Accessibility

Karlštejn Castle was built as a mediaeval fortress and as such has several steps or narrow doorways. This can represent a challenge to disabled visitors or those with reduced mobility.

Disabled person in a wheelchair can only visit the castle interiors with an assistance of another person (carrying a wheelchair up and down the stairs etc.). We recommend contacting us in advance. We will gladly organize a special tour for you that would allow you enjoy the castle as much as possible. Please contact our booking department by phone: 0042 311 681 617.

Unfortunately, without the assistance of another person, it is only possible to visit the main courtyard of the castle.


Refreshments

Right on the Main Courtyard, you can find a wide range of drinks, coffee, confectionery, ice cream and other refreshments. For lunch or dinner, you can go to one of many local restaurants in the town of Karlštejn.

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Contacts

  • Karlštejn Castle
  • Karlštejn 172
  • 26751 Karlštejn

Object history

completed in 1365 when the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower was consecrated.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross was the place of safekeeping the imperial crown jewels until 1420 when the Hussite wars (religious civil war) began, and they had not ever returned to Karlštejn Castle. After the wars in 1436, the Bohemian crown jewels were taken to the Chapel of the Holy Cross where they remained till 1619.

The castle was a representative residence of Charles IV and his son Wenceslas IV only, i.e. till 1419. As a fortress, Karlštejn Castle protected the crown jewels, holy relics, and royal archives till the 17th century.

Over the centuries the castle has always been in hands of the king or a state institution, never in private hands. Nowadays it is owned by the state.

After 1480 the castle was rebuilt in the late Gothic style, in the last quarter of the 16th century in the Renaissance style. During the last reconstruction that took place at the end of the 19th century (by architect Josef Mocker) in the spirit of purism, the castle gained its present appearance.

Very impressive is the preserved original stair-arrangement of individual castle buildings. The lower section with a small courtyard by the Well Tower and the Burgrave’s House continues through the majestic five-story Imperial Palace and the Marian Tower. At the highest point, the construction of the castle culminates in a monumental, 60-meter-high Great Tower and its massive fortifications.
 
Castle Attractions

A unique original 14th-century wall decoration, a set of 129 paintings created by Master Theodoric in the Chapel of the Holy Cross (the largest in the world), the largest portrait gallery of kings of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, a replica of the royal Crown of Bohemia, a unique castle well. The castle is also famous as a set to a comedy play Night at Karlštejn Castle by Czech poet Jaroslav Vrchlický.

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