Karlstejn Castle

Karlstejn castle is exceptional even among the 30.000 Czech castles, chateaus, fortresses and palaces which one can visit.

Karlstejn is not only historically significant but also unique in its architecture. It was established by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348 as a robust stronghold for the imperial crown jewels. The most sacred place of the whole castle – the Chapel of Holy Cross – houses a collection of 128 panel paintings. The castle’s current Neo-Gothic appearance dates back to the turn of the 19th and 20th century.

Its proximity to Prague and royal status makes Karlstejn a perfect trip for those who want to get a feel for how the kings once lived.

Karlstejn in Pictures