The first castle I would like to write here about is the best known czech castle – Karlstejn Castle. The name of the castle comes from German and means “Charles Stone”. Charles = Charles IV. Luxemburg, the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor, who founded this castle in the 14th Century.
It’s a Gothic fortress, whose original purpose was to guard the crown jewels and holy relics collected by Charles IV. And as one of the few castles in Bohemia, Karlstein still retains its medieval appearance.
After the political changes in 1989 Karlstejn become one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is certainly a place to visit for those who love gothic architecture, but definitely not a “must-see” for those seeking an elegant atmosphere, full of furniture and art collections.
It’s up to you if you decide to visit this castle. Almost all travel agencies offer trip to Karlstejn, presented as a necessity. I’m not saying Karlstejn not worth visiting, but in the Czech Republic are many others, perhaps even more beautiful, castles and palaces that are worth visiting.
The easiest way to get there by your own is to take the train. It leaves many times a day from the Main Railway Station (Hlavni nadrazi), the way takes aprox. 40 minutes and cost some 50 CZK (aprox. € 2,00). The exit station is named Karlstejn. All connections you can find at http://www.idos.cz.
Entrance fees: 250 CZK / adults, 150 CZK / children and students.
For opening times and more info visit the official site of the Karlstejn Castle: www.hradkarlstejn.cz. Especially if you want to visit Karlstejn Castle in the winter you should check opening times.