Best things to do in Karlštejn
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Rising out of the Bohemian countryside like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, Karlštejn is one of the Czech Republic’s most awe-inspiring destinations. While the town itself has a clutch of rustic taverns that serve hearty Czech cuisine, Karlštejn’s main draw is the imposing castle that sits astride a rocky precipice. Constructed by Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, during the mid-14th century, the fortress was designed to protect Bohemia’s most precious relics, including the imperial regalia alongside innumerable religious treasures. Karlštejn’s impressive exterior does not disappoint, as once inside visitors can explore some best-conserved medieval interiors in Europe while the chapel is covered in remarkable frescoes detailing the life of Saint Wenceslas.
Karlštejn Castle once served as a fortress for storing Imperial Regalia and the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels as well as other valuable pieces such as some royal treasures and holy relics. The castle was established in 1348 CE by Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia at the time. It is designed in the Gothic style and a tour of this castle is one activity that you shouldn't miss out on.
The bike tour from Prague to Karlsrejn Castle is an 8-hour ride that you should totally engage in. While cycling along the banks of the Vltava and Berounka rivers, drink in the view of the Czech countryside and the famous Gothic fortress that King Karel IV built.