11.9.16

Karlštejn



While visiting my family in Prague we took a day trip to Karlštejn castle and wandered through the town of Karlštejn. The large gothic castle founded in 1348, is one of the most famous and frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic along with the Prague Castle. Just 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the center of Prague, it’s the perfect place to spend the day and see the beautiful Czech countryside.


(On our way to the castle)
(Velka Amerika - Big Amerika)
Just a few miles before you arrive to the castle you can stop and see Velká Amerika (Big America), an abandoned limestone quarry. It spans 800 meters long, 200 meters wide and goes as deep as 100 meters with an 18 meter deep lake at the bottom. It is also referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Czech Republic. While driving through the Czech countryside with rolling hills and open fields, it is quite a surprise to come across this picturesque canyon.



When you arrive in the town of Karlštejn you may not be able to catch a glimpse of the castle. Tucked away high in the surrounding hills, the castle was built by Charles IV the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Serving as a place for safekeeping of the crown jewels and treasures the castle was also used by Charles IV as a bachelor pad for himself and his hunting buddies. Women were not allowed in the castle until years later because it was meant to be a place of relaxation for the king, away from any temptations and politics. There is a famous musical and movie Noc na Karlštejně (Night at Karlštejn Castle) about Queen Elizabeth who misses Charles IV and decides to check on him. She dresses up as a man meanwhile a young girl gets the same idea to stay and prove she spent a night at the castle. Of course a series of events make it a night to remember and Charles IV changes the rule allowing women to stay in the castle.

(Left: One of the towers of Karlštejn; Right: Kozel beer at lunch)
(Entry into the castle)
Walking up the road to the castle you pass dozens of gifts shops, restaurants and cafés. No cars are allowed along the road except for those who live in the town allowing for a peaceful stroll up to the castle. Tours are offered hourly and there are several tours to choose from, we chose the basic hour long tour that takes you through the private and representative halls (if you are interested in booking a tour click here). Seeing the inside of the castle and exploring all of the rooms, you have an idea of what the castle was like when Charles IV lived there.  The most interesting fact I learned was that the castle was completed in 17 years. I was amazed by this because looking at the large size of Karlštejn it’s astonishing to hear it was built in such a short period of time without the use of  the cranes, bulldozers and construction teams we have today.

(Left: Window in the Audience and banquet hall; Right: Hall of Knights)
(Rose gardens between the towers)

(Royal kitchen)
Heading back to Prague we stopped to pick a few cherries off a cherry tree on the side of the road. It is very common in Czech culture to pick fruits anywhere in the countryside, I grew up picking blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apples and mushrooms =o)




x the Adventurer



55 comments:

  1. The countryside looks so peaceful and lovely. It must be nice to have fruit ready for picking. The castle itself looks very interesting to visit as well

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    1. The countryside was so peaceful and it was nice to get away from big tourist groups for the day and really enjoy the historic site =o) Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Love the pictures. I've never been here but its looks very quaint and serene. Definitely adding this to my destination wish list. :]

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit the Czech Republic =o) Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Oh wow...So in love with your pictures...xo Yaya Van Chique
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  4. Stunning photos. I'd love to visit that castle, it looks like the set of a medieval movie. :)

    XoXo Noma

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    1. It really does look like its set in a medieval movie =o) Thanks for the sweet comment =o)

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  5. What an amazing castle
    xo
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    1. It really was an incredible castle to visit =o) Thanks for the comment!

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  6. Looks so nice!

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  7. Wow this place looks amazing!

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    Xin

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    1. Karlstejn castle was so fun to explore =o) Thanks for the comment!

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  8. I would love to see this part of the Czech Republic!

    LUXESSED

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    1. I hope you do get to explore more of the Czech Republic =o)

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  9. Wow, this place is beautiful and dreamy!!! I'd love to visit this too someday <3

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    SHAIRA
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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit the Czech countryside, it's beautiful =o)

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  10. Looks really like worth to visit! Beautiful pictures!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. It's worth the visit for sure =o) Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  11. These photos are so lovely, looks like a lovely place to visit!! Xx

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  12. Great photos dear!

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  13. You had me at 'visiting family in Prague', haha! What a dreamy trip; there's nothing I love more than wandering through castles :) It looks like the perfect day out.

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    1. It was a great day at the castle, especially with no crowds because it was during the week. Thanks for the sweet comment =o)

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    1. I hope you get a chance to go to Prague soon! It's so beautiful, and stay tuned for a post all about my time in the city =o)

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  15. This castle looks like it belongs to a fairy tale! It's so pretty

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    1. Doesn't the castle look so picturesque!? Thanks for the comment =o)

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    1. It was a perfect day away from the busy tourist crowds in the city =o) Thanks for the comment!

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  17. Now, that's a beautiful historical place. It had to be a wonderful experience. Your pictures are beautiful.
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  18. Gorgeous photos! This place looks amazing!

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  19. The castle and surrounding area looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Miriam
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    1. It's such a beautiful area to explore =o) Thanks for the comment =o)

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    1. Isn't the landscape stunning?! Thanks for the comment! =o)

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  21. This is so beautiful! I want to go to Czech and explore all the nooks & crannies for myself. Thanks for sharing, I would never have known all the beauty there is in CR!

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    1. I'm so happy I got to introduce you to more of the Czech Republic =o) Thank you for the sweet comment =o)

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  22. Oh my! Stop posting such beautiful placessss, makes me wanna travel! Loved every single landscape. x

    Have a nice weekend,
    Andreea
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  23. The reason why I love to travel, so I can see beautiful buildings like this one!
    Amy xx
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    1. One of the reasons I love to travel as well, the architecture around the world is incredible to explore =o)

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  24. What a beautiful place! The castles seem out of a fairytale! Gorgeous!

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    1. Doesn't the castle look so picturesque =o)

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  25. So beautiful!! I've visited Prague once before and loved it there so much. Would love to return someday and explore more of the country

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    1. I'm so happy you liked Prague =o) and I hope you do get a chance to visit more =o) Thanks for the sweet comment =o)

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  26. Beautiful castle and fields! These are the views I yearn for from living in a busy city. I have yet to visit Czech Republic. :)

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    1. I know what you mean, I also live in a dense city and being out in the countryside feels so liberating =o)

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  27. Great photos
    Lovely place
    xx
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  28. Wow! Amazing photos <3 It looks like it's straight out of a storybook :)

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    1. Doesn't it! I loved visiting the castle and exploring the town below =o)

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