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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.

From Prague: Half-Day Karlstejn Castle Tour

4. 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: Fairytale Karlstejn Castle in Retro-Style Car

5. 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.

E-Bike Full-Day Trip From Prague:The Mighty Karlstejn Castle

6. E-Bike Full-Day Trip From Prague:The Mighty Karlstejn Castle

“Let us take you to the most stunning castle in the Czech Republic, avoiding all traffic en route.“ You will avoid cars by starting your ride right on the edge of Prague, where you will arrive from your hotel. About 97% of the ride follows designated (mostly paved) cycling paths, and before seeing the castle for the first time, you will enjoy peaceful Czech countryside and lush green forests that will make you think you’re much farther than a few minutes from Prague by train. If you feel like it, you can stop for a swim at the river or have a break at one of many little biker cafés frequented by local cyclists. Or perhaps take a short break at a popular bakery? If you prefer only paved tracks, no problem, if you don’t mind a bit of dirt, your tour operator knows some easy shortcuts. The best comes at the very end of your ride, when you will be taken to a meadow tucked away between dense forest. From here, there is the most stunning view of the Karlstejn castle, so stunning not simply because Karlstejn is suddenly below you, but as you will see nothing but the castle and forests around you. Suddenly, you'll feel as Charles IV and his companions might just march past on their horses. If you're interested, guests are welcome to attend a 55-minute tour inside the castle (170 CZK, not included in price), though we think castle’s beauty is rather outside than inside. If you are a beginner or intermediate biker and want to explore the Czech Republic capital’s surroundings, this is the way to go! Feel free to join your guide for a lunch at their favorite restaurant by the castle at the end of the ride (included in price). Finally, return to Prague by a pleasant 40-minute train ride, leaving your bike at Karlstejn.

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 E-Bike Tour

8. 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.

E-Bike Day Trip: Visit a Roman Castle and Taste Craft Beer

9. E-Bike Day Trip: Visit a Roman Castle and Taste Craft Beer

After pick up at your hotel it is about 20 min drive to the starting point at the very edge of Prague. This way you avoid most traffic and you start enjoying great cycling paths along the Vltava and Berounka rivers. Biking on flat trails surrounded by meadows and small towns all the way to the most beautiful and best preserved castle in Czech – Karlstejn. After about one hour break to soak the medieval atmosphere you head for a final push of about 12 kms to a microbrewery in the area. Though you have to climb a bit during the last part, it is really worth it. There are no more towns along the way, just little villages and lush countryside all around you. It seems people here live the same way as years ago, when communists operated a Czech biggest air-missile base carefully hidden in forests of a hill above you. When you arrive in the cozy village of Vseradice, you enjoy a decent late lunch and taste locally made beer. Usually master is present and if so, he is always happy to show you around (this is no scheduled tour, he just likes to talk and you like to listen…) Then you will ride back to near Karlstejn and then take a train back to your car and finally you are dropped at the hotel. Please be aware that you have to be able to cover up to 50 km with a few (easy) uphills in about 6 hours.

Prague to Karlstejn Castle Full-Day Bike Tour

10. 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.

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4.3 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Our guide Martin was a pleasure to ride with. He picked us up promptly from our hotel and taught us how to use the bikes. He did a great job choosing a route to the castle and even stopped at a couple cafes to grab a coffee and bite to eat along the way. He was fun to hang with and talk to, and did a great job going over different aspects of Czech culture.

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!

Lovely experience. Even though the castle was closed our tour guide made it a very enjoyable experience! Thank you!!