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Karlstejn Castle: Day Trips and Tours from Praha

Karlstejn Castle is only a few miles outside of Prague but this icon is worlds away from the bustling city. It is regally perched high on a hill above its namesake town and escorts the imagination to a time when the King of Bohemia ruled the land.

An adventure-filled day trip to Karlstejn Castle from Prague will take you through the charming countryside and back to the middle ages in one fell swoop.

Here's all you need to know about Karlstejn Castle, one of the most exciting day trips from Prague.

How to get to Karlstejn Castle from Prague?

It is easy to manage a day trip to Karlstejn Castle and there are a few ways to reach it from Prague.

From Prague to Karlstejn Castle by car

Karlstejn Castle is 30 kilometres southwest of Prague with a driving time of around 40 minutes. Follow Highway 4 out of Prague and keep an eye on the Karlstejn turnoff markings.

From Prague to Karlstejn Castle by public transport

Trains leave Prague Main Station regularly and you can ride 40 minutes on the C-line to reach the town of Karlstejn. From the station in town, it is a 20-minute hike up the mountain to reach the castle.

Guided tour to Karlstejn from Prague

The most adventurous way to get to the castle is with a guided tour to Karlstejn. Leave the old town on an e-bike or take advantage of a private chauffeur to visit the castle in style.

How much does the entrance ticket to Karlstejn Castle cost?

There are 3 types of tours at Karlstejn Castle:

Imperial Residence of Charles IV (basic tour)

  • Adults 25 up to 64 years: $10
  • Seniors 65+: $8.50
  • Youth 18 up to 24 years: $8.50
  • Persons with disabilities: $8.50
  • Children 6 up to 17 years: $4.50

Karlštejn Castle Chapels (exclusive tour)

  • Adults 25 up to 64 years: $23.50
  • Seniors 65+: $19
  • Youth 18 up to 24 years: $19
  • Persons with disabilities: $19
  • Children 6 up to 17 years: $9.50

The Great Tower View (basic tour)

  • Adults 25 up to 64 years: $8
  • Seniors 65+: $6.50
  • Youth 18 up to 24 years: $6.50
  • Persons with disabilities: $6.50
  • Children 6 up to 17 years: $3.50

What is the typical itinerary?

Day tours to Karlstejn Castle start in Prague’s Old Town. From there you will ride on an e-bike through the fabulous Bohemian countryside along the banks of two rivers.

Along the way, you will stop for refreshments, admire the landscape from panoramic viewpoints and enjoy a traditional lunch.

Once you reach Karlstejn Castle you will have a guided tour of the exterior of the castle and you can take an optional extra 1-hour tour of the interior too. You will return to Prague by train in the afternoon.

What kinds of tours are available?

Guided tours to Karlstejn Castle from Prague

Take an e-bike tour to Karlstejn Castle to soak in the charming Czech countryside. A guided tour of the castle is an optional extra on this 8-hour tour. There is also an option to take a coach tour to Karlstejn Castle which includes a full castle tour and mead tasting.

Private tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague

A private tour is the most luxurious way to visit Karlstejn Castle. Enjoy hotel pick-up and a private tour guide on this half-day adventure.

This tour also includes a delectable lunch at a traditional restaurant and a guided tour inside the castle. For an extra treat, book a private tour of Karlstejn Castle in a vintage convertible.

Day trip to Karlstejn Castle plus Koneprusy Caves from Prague

This 8-hour tour encapsulates the best natural and historic treasures the Czech Republic has to offer. The first stop is the dazzling Koneprusy Caves, the largest underground cave system in Bohemia.

After a fascinating tour of the caves you will set off for a tour of Karlstejn Castle before a traditional lunch. You will end the day with a stop at the Great America quarry for breathtaking views.

How much does a day trip to Karlstejn Castle from Prague cost?

A coach tour to Karlstejn Castle costs around €50 per person and includes the castle entry fee but no food or drinks. The same tour on an e-bike costs €75 per person but entry to the castle is an optional extra.

A private tour to Karlstejn Castle with lunch and admission costs around €150 per person while a tour in a vintage convertible costs €450 for a group of up to 5 people.

A combo tour of Karlstejn Castle and the Koneprusy Caves costs around €160 per person and includes your entry fees and transportation.

What are the opening times?

You can only visit Karlstejn Castle on a guided tour. Tours are generally held between 10 am and 3 pm.

When is the best time to visit Karlstejn Castle?

The best time to visit Karlstejn Castle is between May and October. During these months the gardens and surrounding forests are at their most beautiful.

Travel tips

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for a bike ride.
  • E-bike tours are mostly flat but require a moderate level of physical fitness.
  • There is a steep hill to climb to reach the castle so wear comfortable shoes for the walk.
  • Most group tours are small so book this tour in advance to secure a spot.