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Karlstejn Castle (5 Hours)

Patriot Travel - Czech Republic

Karlstejn, Czech Republic

Valid for Travel Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Karlstejn Castle (5 hours)

Karlstejn, Czech Republic

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level



This tour takes us to one of the most popular castles in the Czech Republic. But be warned that it is only for the fit people who love walking. It is at least a 20-minute-walk up the hill from the parking place and there are lots of steps inside the castle too!

The castle was built in the 14th century during the reign of Charles IV. Charles IV had this castle built as a treasury for the holy relics, Imperial Coronation Jewels and later on also Czech Coronation Jewels. Unlike many other castles which were built mostly for strategic and military reasons, Karlstejn was built as a private residence of Charles IV - a place for his contemplation and meditation. Its main tower, especially the Chapel of the Holy Rood was a real wonder in its times. Richly decorated with semi-precious stones, gold plating and marvellous pictures representing „the holy army of saints”, it is the greatest example of Gothic art and architecture.

The castle represents Gothic fortification architecture inspired by German and French medieval castles. Divided into three parts, it forms an almost impregnable fortress. The interiors of the castle commemorate the period of Charles IV but the exterior is more impressive than the interior with the exception of the Chapel of the Holy Rood which is a separate tour that has to be booked well in advance.

There are two guided tours that can be visited at Karlstejn Castle. The first tour takes us through the historical interiors of the Imperial Palace, visiting the Vassal’s Hall, the bedroom of Charles IV, the audience hall, the hall of ancestors connected with banquet hall and finally the Marian Tower with the treasury. You can admire the copy of the Czech Royal Crown dedicated to St. Wenceslas in the treasury. This tour gives you an overview of the history of the castle and tells you about its importance.

The second tour is more aimed at the private life of Charles IV. It starts in the Church of our Lady, adorned by beautiful Gothic frescoes, continues to its sacristy and Chapel of St. Catherine. The most fascinating frescoes of the Church of Our Lady depict the Apocalypse - the prophecy of St. John, the final battle between good and evil.

We continue climbing many steps to the Great Tower with the Chapel of the Holy Rood - the world largest of its kind. The Chapel is really breathtaking. During the times of Charles IV there was nothing in western Christianity to rival its beauty. Gothic ceiling and walls of the Chapel are covered by semi-precious stones and gilded stucco creating the illusion of the sky. Entirely unique is the original decoration of wall paintings dating back to the 14th century. It is the collection of 129 panel paintings by Master Theodorik, the largest portrait gallery of Czech rulers in the country. This tour must be booked well in advance.  

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We are a small deluxe family run company located in Prague, Czech Republic. We can help you to arrange anything your clients may think of. With just a simple tranfer from the airport to a full itinerary with transfers, guides, evening programs as well as hotel reservations.

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Payment Conditions:

All prices are quoted in EUR and are NET to us. The prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charges announced by our government at the date of your request / confirmation (if accommodation is calculated there is 15% VAT included. Should that change before arrival the price will be adjusted automatically). Both deposit and final payments are due upon agreement of both sides. Payment can be done in EUR or USD at a current cross rate at the date of payment (one month to two weeks before arrival - unless prepayment or deposit is requested).

Note: when charging credit card, the price quoted does not always match the account statement figure of the client. According to Czech law we have to charge in local currency - CZK and use an official exchange rate of CNB (Czech National Bank) and the rate of the processing bank is not always the same.

Cancellation policy - this is done on case to case basis, but here are some guidelines. We request to have a payment on our account between 30 - 14 days prior the clients arrival. When there is an emergency cancellation we usually refund the original sum paid, subtracted only for the bank charges - about 5% of the total paid. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in case you are not able to travel. One week prior NO refund cancellation policy will apply on most booking after confirmation. When handling groups, it all depends on our further agreement.

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Highly recommended

By: Sal

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2013

She is very timely and knowledgeable . Very pleasant to work with and is the very best agent we have ever had
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Great service from true professionals

By: suzh

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

We loved our guides and drivers in the Czech and Slovak republics. Ivana was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, Steve a great driver and a charming person, Marcella (in Bratislava) also very warm and knowledgable, and Vaclav friendly and well educated, with excellent English. All prompt, dependable, professional.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

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By: Geri

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2015

Our tour guide was so knowledgable. She was clearly a history buff. We loved our time with her and would recommend her group to anyone!
Travel Advisor:  Alfred Volden


By: Littleb

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We had a great time and vasclav was a great tour guide for most of the time. He was very knowledgable and always on time. I will say that a few times we had to ask him to keep going. He seemed a little burned out. Maybe because it was the end of the season but we had to ask him to take us to certain parts that we had heard from others were important to first he would try to talk us out of it but then when we insisted he took us. That was a little frustrating but he was very nice
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett

Highly recommended

By: PP

Reviewed on: 21 May 2014

We spent 5 days in Romania in the capable hands of Mr. Cristian Balanciuc.  He is an excellent guide - knowledgeable about the country, accommodating, and very helpful to a person who has some mobility issues.He didn't insist that we travel at his pace but let us opt out of something if we felt we had had enough walking for the day.  There was excellent variety, and I especially liked the fact that we stayed in delightful local  hotels rather than the regular international ones that you find all over the world.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Gastineau

Interesting guide

By: Karen05

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2014

Our guide was from Prague and did a really good job of making sure that we were able to see as much of Prague as time allowed. I would highly recommend him.

Excelent Guide

By: Gil1

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2015

Our guide was excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

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By: Bill & Peggy

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Limos were on time.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Expert service

By: Cece4

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

Patriot Travel provided us with a great guide who took us from Vienna to Prague via Cesky Krumlov. Vaclav was very knowledgable and informative. We also had him for a four hour tour in Prague. The hotel Aria was delightful.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Pierson

Ivana is a marvel

By: Deb52

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2016

Ivana, our wonderful local guide during a week in Prague, was perfect for us. Always patient, warm, enthusiastic, full of fascinating details that really made each of our excursions with her very special. I cannot wait to go back and have her guide us again!
Travel Advisor:  Monica Varri

Wonderful guides

By: Bob45

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2016

We were in Prague for four and a half days altogether. Patriot Travel arranged our airport transfers and tours to Terezin and to Kutna Hora and Sedlec. Both of our guides were very knowledgable about the history of the Czech Republic and shared their information willlingly. Our guide to Terezin, in particular, spoke movingly about the relocation of the Jewish population from Prague to this concentration camp, her own mother having escaped to Paris and working in the French underground.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur


By: nancy

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2016

the guides were fabulous.. took wonderful care of me...
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Patton

Great guides make a trip

By: Packing Princess

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2016

Four of us traveling together thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Prague thanks to our outstanding guide Alexandra, booked through Patriot Travel. She made such a difference in how we viewed this charming and beautiful city with her lifelong understanding of the culture, history, politics and geography of the place. Her command of English was perfect and she has a good sense of humor, our tour was well paced, plus she introduced us to a wonderful cafe and suggested several good restaurants. All of this on a cold and rainy day!
Travel Advisor:  Marion Hager

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By: kevin wolman

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2017

Prompt but 3.5 hours is a long ride. No ones fault. Mercedes van.
Travel Advisor:  Christie York

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By: dummies

Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2017

Leyna Huber ranged for two morning private tours for us in Prague. Our guide was Ivana and she was excellent. Had a terrific knowledge of the history of Prague, spoke excellent English, and was very entertaining and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our two mornings with her.
Travel Advisor:  Leyna Huber

Ben's Trip

By: Diana Senior

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

Terrific tour guide and very well informed. Saw many interesting things.
Travel Advisor:  Russell Wagenaar


By: Shelley

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

we had an amazing experience. The guides were very knowledgeable and exceeded our expectations. The.y were also a pleasure to be with
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

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By: dpr

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

Guide in Bratislava was knowledgeable, her English superb. The guide that met us at our hotel and accompanied us to Bratislava was not necessary. Other than some info on Vienna she simply walked along with our guide
Travel Advisor:  Helen Varri


By: Mike

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Stan and Joseph were excellent. They were knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. We enjoyed them mightily.
Travel Advisor:  Catherine Whitworth


By: Slim

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Michelle was great. Informative without it being to much!
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett

Prague Guided Tours

By: Merlyn & Valli Brunken

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ivana was our Tour Guide and she was absolutely amazing! We adored her! She spent a perfect amount of time guiding us through and around Prague, and then to Kutna Hora. Our driver was also very good and provided excellent safety for us a couple times when people walked out in front of the car or cars came at us - he was able to think fast and avoid problems. I would definitely recommend Ivana and Patriot Travel again! Really tops....couldn't have been a better experience, really!
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Valdez

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By: bumpa

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Very prompt and efficient. Got us to where we wanted to go on time.
Travel Advisor:  Karen Howland


By: John O

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

Very good history lesson
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips