As the most visited, and one of the most beautiful, castles in the Czech Republic, Karlstejn was completed in 1365 under the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV as a royal treasury. The crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire were kept here, as well as, later, the crown of St Wenceslas. These treasures were kept under the chapel of St Cross, the most beautiful part of the castle. The colourful history of Karlstejn comprises many myths and incredible but true stories. It is also claimed that the castle once had its own ghost who murdered fourteen people.
Additionally, the surrounding national forest affords picturesque hiking, while in the nearby village of Svatý Jan Pod Skalou one can visit a beautiful monastery including the 'holy cave' that it was built upon.
Karlštejn Castle is located approximately 20km west of Prague.
Drive will take 30 minutes. Leave Prague from the southwest along Highway 4 in the direction of Strakonice and take exit to the Karlstejn.
The best way to get to Karlstejn is by train (there's no bus service). Trains leave regularly from either Prague's Main Station (at the Hlavní nádrazí metro stop on line C) or from Smíchovské nádrazí, metro line B, and take about 40 minutes to reach Karlstejn.
You can check train schedule here
Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.
Thanks to its unique preserved medieval core, Ceský Krumlov is included on the UNESCO list.
Ceský Krumlov is located about 160 km south of Prague.
The journey to Cesky Krumlov from Prague will take you up to 2h50min.
Driving is the fastest way to get there and will also give you freedom to stop along the way. The Czech countryside is very pretty, with roads gently following the natural landscape and passing through forests, fields and villages. Take D1 to E55 towards Ceské Budejovice/Ceský Krumlov.
The world famous spa town of Karlovy Vary, also known by its German name of Karlsbad (or Carlsbad in English), was founded in 1350. The town's visitors over the years have included Casanova, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Alphonse Mucha and many representatives of the world film industry who come to Karlovy Vary as guests of the International Film Festival held every year in July.
Karlovy Vary lies in a green valley of the river Teplá (meaning "Warm") springs of which are known to cure metabolic and gastric issues. Visitors still flock to this town of Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. Five beautiful Colonnades straddle hot springs where visitors try aquatherapy and drink the mineral-rich water.
Whether you go to Karlovy Vary to relax your mind, find a cure or admire the architecture, you will not regret visiting this elegant city.
Karlovy Vary is located about 130 km north-west of Prague.
The journey to Karlovy Vary from Prague will take you up to 2hrs.
If you're going by car, take Hwy. E48 from the western end of Prague and follow it straight through to Karlovy Vary. The spa area is closed to private vehicles, so you'll have to leave the car in one of several parking lots surrounding the area and walk from there.
The ancient silver mining town of Kutná Hora is one of the most historically significant towns in the Czech Republic and was the second most important town in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. The historical town center is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Kutná Hora makes for a great day trip from Prague. It takes a little over an hour to get there, the town has an interesting history and a variety of sights, and you'll be able to experience a place on a much smaller scale than Prague.
Kutná Hora is about 120 km from Prague.
You can drive it in about 1.5 hours in direction of Kolin.
You can get there by Czech Bus from 2.6 EUR. Check the bus schedule here
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