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Prague: Karlstejn Castle & Glass Factory Tour with Lunch

1. Prague: Karlstejn Castle & Glass Factory Tour with Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Prague or from the meeting point, then heads out towards Karlstejn Castle just an hour outside the city. Admire the castle’s impressive architecture and learn about its rich-history, which dates back to the 14th century. Retrace the steps of powerful Czech kings as you explore the castle grounds and imagine what life was like here throughout the ages. Continue the tour to the next stop of the day, stopping for a photo at the stunning Velka Amerika along the way. Arrive at one of the country’s oldest and most famous glassworks, which has been operating since 1846, and embark on a guided tour. Discover the process of crystal glass art and meet local glassmakers hard at work. Before leaving, stop at the factory’s outlet to shop for a crystal glass souvenir. At the end of an insightful and memorable tour, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local Czech restaurant. Dine on a delicious three-course meal with a selection of traditional dishes accompanied by regional beer. The tour returns to Prague at around 4:00 PM.

From Prague: Small Group Koneprusy Caves & Karlstejn Castle

2. From Prague: Small Group Koneprusy Caves & Karlstejn Castle

You will be picked up by an air-conditioned vehicle between 7:00 and 7:30am at your Prague residence. Enjoy the scenic and informative ride which takes approx. 30 mins. Your English-speaking guide will tell you all that interests you about the Czech culture, nature or history.   After arriving at the Koněprusy Caves southwest of Prague, join a guided excursion of the largest underground cave system in Bohemia. Admire the majestic stalagmites and stalactites all around you. Learn about the prehistoric Celtic settlements which existed there. Visit the jaw-dropping limestone domes and halls.   Afterwards, enjoy a well-earned lunch; enjoy the magic of traditional Bohemian cuisine and taste some of the best beer in the world. Hear authentic Bohemian anecdotes and stories in a traditional Czech-style tavern.  Next stop will be at Karlstejn village. From there, go either by foot or by local van up to the castle and visit the 14th-century residence of medieval Bohemian kings which is protecting the crown jewels and other royal treasures. Admire the collections of art as well as many historical relics. The tour is guided and delivered in English. After a well deserved traditional Bohemian lunch in a Czech style tavern, where you will taste some of the best beer in the world and hear authentic bohemian anecdotes and stories, head to the Great America quarry. Stop to take pictures or do a full walk around the quarry (depending on your preference).

Karlstejn Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour from Prague

3. Karlstejn Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Tour from Prague

Leave Prague behind and travel back to the 14th century with our tour to Karlestejn Castle, one of the most impressive Gothic castles in the Czech Republic. Choose between a private and shared option and drive through the picturesque countryside, arrive at Karlestejn Castle, in the middle of dense forests not far from the capital. Founded by Emperor Charles IV, Karlestejn Castle became a treasury for the crown jewels and holy relics. Dominating the hilltop is the 60 meters high and separately fortified Great Tower built upon the massive walls that house the Chapel of the Holy Cross. From there, you can step down to the Marian Tower, the five-storied Imperial Palace and come to the Well Tower and Burgrave's Palace located at the lowest level. After your guided tour, return to Prague.

Prague: Fairytale Karlstejn Castle in Retro-Style Car

4. Prague: Fairytale Karlstejn Castle in Retro-Style Car

After being collected from your accommodation, your tour to this Gothic castle will begin, leading you through the picturesque Czech countryside. Karlštejn Castle holds an absolutely exceptional position among Czech castles. It was established in 1348 by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV as a place to store the royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels. In the Chapel of the Holy Cross, you will be able to contemplate the pictures of Master Theodoric, as well as see the largest portrait gallery of Czech rulers in the country. You will view exhibited replicas of the crown of the Holy Roman Emperors, as well as St. Wenceslas's crown. Your tour will include a visit to the castle, the surrounding areas and will also have some time for lunch at local Czech restaurant. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off back at your point of origin.

From Prague: Half-Day Karlstejn Castle Tour

5. From Prague: Half-Day Karlstejn Castle Tour

On this half-day Karlstejn Castle tour from Prague, visit a majestic Gothic castle founded 650 years ago by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and of the Roman Empire. The castle was built in the 14th century as a place for safekeeping of royal treasures, especially the coronation jewels. Located in a picturesque site, the castle sits on Dragon's Rock in the middle of dense forests just about an hour drive from Prague. For many visitors, this is one of the most popular destinations. The price includes entry to the castle and a free tasting of Original Karlstejn Mead. This tour also involves 30 minutes of walking.

Prague to Karlstejn Castle E-Bike Tour

6. Prague to Karlstejn Castle E-Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Prague on a full-day e-bike tour to Karlstejn Castle, and marvel at the Czech countryside as you bike out of the city’s southwestern suburbs. Cycle on comfortable e-bike to one of the Czech Republic’s most popular castles in approximately 3.5-4 hours. Enjoy the flat terrain as you bike along the banks of 2 rivers. Depart Prague at 09:30, and pass through several scenic villages along the way. Stop at panoramic view points and to enjoy refreshments. Arrive at Karlstejn village (population 800) and stop for lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant. Then, take a short 15-minute stroll to the castle grounds. Your guide will tell you the history of the castle as well as the life of Charles IV., and will show you around the exterior. Take an optional 55-minute guided tour of the castle interior (own expense) to see relics from King Karel’s life. Return to Prague by train, and relax on the 40-minute journey back to the city center.

Karlstejn Castle & Crystal Manufactory - Private Tour

7. Karlstejn Castle & Crystal Manufactory - Private Tour

One of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic, the Karlstejn Castle was built by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV in 1348 to house royal treasures including a collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. You will be picked up from your selected location in Prague by your private driver and guide (van available for groups of 6, EUR 40 extra charge applies,) and taken to this awe-inspiring location which sits atop a panoramic hilltop. After a 1 km climb (also accessible by taxi or horse-drawn carriage, if preferred) we will begin our tour of the sumptuous interior of the Imperial Palace and the lower floors of the Marian Tower, which contain artefacts from the 14th to 19th centuries. Enjoy a traditional Czech lunch in the charming village below the castle before proceeding to the second part of the tour, the Crystal Factory. This nearby glassworks produces an extensive range of 24% leaded cut crystal in a selection of fine motifs, from the simple to the ornate. The provider of official state gifts, the glassworks is renowned for the high quality of its products. Decorative elements found on the pieces include gilt, hand painting and sandblasting. Enjoy a tour of the glassworks and marvel at the fascinating glass-making process.

Prague to Karlstejn Castle Full-Day Bike Tour

8. Prague to Karlstejn Castle Full-Day Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Prague on a full-day bike tour to Karlstejn Castle, and marvel at the Czech countryside as you bike out of the city’s southwestern suburbs. Cycle to one of the Czech Republic’s most popular castles in approximately 3.5-4 hours. Enjoy the flat terrain as you bike along the banks of 2 rivers. Depart Prague at 09:30, and pass through several scenic villages along the way. Stop at panoramic view points and to enjoy refreshments. Upon arrival at Karlstejn village (population 800), stop for lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant. Then, take a short 15-minute stroll to the castle grounds. Your guide will tell you the history of the castle as well as the life of Karel IV, and will show you around the exterior. Take an optional 55-minute guided tour of the castle interior (own expense) to see relics from King Karel’s life. Return to Prague by train, and relax on the 40-minute journey back to the city center.

Prague: Karlštejn Castle Private Tour

9. Prague: Karlštejn Castle Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Prague and drive you to the castle. The tour of the castle includes the historical interiors of the imperial palace and the lower floors of the Marian Tower. Take the chance to see valuable relics from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Karlštejn Castle is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. It was built by the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348 as a place for safekeeping the royal treasures, particularly Emperor Charles IV’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. The fortress-like castle also served as the emperor’s summer retreat. Over 660 years old, Karlštejn Castle was never totally conquered. The castle even survived a 7-month siege  in the 15th century. Once you have explored the castle with your guide, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Countryside Bike Tour From Prague To Karlstejn Castle

10. Countryside Bike Tour From Prague To Karlstejn Castle

This Karlstejn Castle Bike Tour rolls you southwest of Prague along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers and through the Czech countryside to the gothic fortress built by King Karel IV to house the imperial jewels and his collection of holy relics. Karlstejn Castle, with its enchanting, monumental architecture is one of the most-visited castles in the country. You start the guided bike trip to Karlstejn in the center of Prague and cycle about 3.5-4 hours on a flat terrain. During your trip you will pass through several villages, making observation and refreshment stops. Upon your arrival at Karlstejn Village, you stop for lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant (not included). Then, you leave your bikes behind to walk (15 minutes) up to the castle grounds. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the castle as well as the life of Karel IV and will show you castle exteriors, courtyards, and viewpoints. During the whole tour you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will make sure that you have a pleasant and safe adventure.

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4.3 / 5

based on 197 reviews

This was a delightful one day excursion into the countryside with our guide who was an excellent English speaker and who took us in a private van (just the two of us plus our guide) which made for a private tour that we enjoyed very much. The glass factory is not much to see, but the Castle is the real highlight. If you have a day to kill and want to get out of Prague, this might be the right trip for you.

Moin Moin, we went with Pawel last week. He is a young driver and guide who told us a lot, but also responded individually to our wishes. We were lucky enough to only drive in threes and were therefore able to schedule our stops and waiting times ourselves. We found all three stops wonderful and had a lot of fun on the tour

Everything was perfect. The castle is beautiful, its history very interesting and the view spectacular. Our guide Hana was very kind and helped us with everything we needed. 100% recommended.

Just the two of us plus our guide. We had a wonderful, quiet tour around the caves, and a castle tour and lunch topped off with a quick photo at a nearby viewpoint.

SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!! This tour exceeded high expectations! The car was incredible, the castle was breathtaking, and our driver was fantastic!!!! Highly recommend!