Prague » Karlštejn
The great castle is set over the glittery river of Berounka. Karlštejn was established by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV (Karel IV.) in 1348 as a place to store the royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels. The very impressive layout of the castle buildings from the settlement outside the castle walls right up to the Imperial Palace and the towers rising over it will captivate you with their ingenuity. In the castle Chapel of the Holy Cross, you will then merely contemplate the pictures of Master Theodoric in silent wonder.
A one-hour drive or train ride through the pretty countryside southwest of Prague will get you to the town of Karlštejn where one of Czech Republic’s most famous castles can be found.