Looming over the winding valley of the Berounka, the romantic outline of the towers and crenellated ramparts of the castle of Karlštejn is one of the high spots of any tour of Bohemia. Founded in 1348 by Charles IV, the castle was a sort of holy stronghold and repository of the crown jewels and countless other holy relics. Modified in the late 19C by the great architect-restorer Josef Mocker, it is now home to major works of art, including some superb Gothic murals.
Address:Státní hrad Karlštejn, 267 18 Karlštejn
Phone:+420 311 681 617
Jan-Oct: daily except Mon 9am-6.30pm (5.30pm May -Jun and Sep, 5pm Apr, 4pm Mar and 4.30pm Oct); 1st fortnight Nov: daily except Mon 10am-3pm; mid Nov-end Dec: weekends only 10am-3pm (last admission)