Information for tourist about Karlštejn
The tiny village of Karlstejn exists because of its castle - a romantic and historical fantasy that has become the most visited attraction outside of Prague. Atop a rocky mountain forest, Karlstejn is a storybook place.
A visit to Karlstejn becomes a wonderful introduction to the Czech countryside. Built in the mid-14th century as a hunting lodge and hideaway for Emperor Charles IV and his buddies. Karlstejn Castle was constructed with medieval state-of-the-art fortifications, without compromising the Emperor´s high-level aesthetics. A secure fortress, the castle once housed the Crown Jewels.
The best part of the castle is the Chapel of the Holy Rood (a medieval term for the Cross)at the top of the tower. There, no expense was spared to create an opulent home for the treasures of the Holy Roman Emperor. Walls are still encrusted with over 2 000 semi-precious stones and Venetian glass "stars" are embedded in the gilded ceiling.
The last stop on the tour is a room containing many of Charles IVs most prized possessions, including a piece of St. John of Nepomuk´s tooth, a 2000-year-old stone carving, and a crocodile skull that Charles was duped into thinking was that of a dragon. Before entering, though, visit the gift shop and look down into the almost impossibly deep well that once quenched the castle´s thirst.
Karlstejn is surrounded by the deep forests of the Berounka Valley. Karlstejn is 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Prague.
Source: Avant Guide
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