Mar 8, 2012

Karlstejn Castle, Prague

The trip from Prague to Karlstejn took 45 mins, and from the station to Karlstejn Castle another twenty minutes. It was a steep climb; thankfully we were armed with plenty of water. Centuries back, it took one whole day to reach the castle from Prague on horseback!

The entrance is through the castle courtyard. It is truly a grand and majestic entrance. We were on time for the guided tour (English). A young guide led us inside. Once inside he locked the doors. While we remained locked inside he explained the history associated with the castle and room. We then spent sometime looking around in the closed room, no photography was permitted. He then unlocked another door, led us in to that room and then locked the door again. The same process continued for the next five or six rooms he showed.



The castle perched on a hill looks like a fairy tale castle, has grand exteriors, but the interiors are a major disappointment. They were bare, simply bare, with some replicas and some paintings… the original stuffs stashed away elsewhere. The KarlĹĄtejn Castle was founded by Czech king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV in 1348. The hill-top castle surrounded by forests was built to hold the royal treasures and coronation jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. It served as the king's retreat. The Czech coronation jewels were also kept there for almost 200 years. Nothing of that sort is there now; we were shown where these stuffs were kept though. Many of the interesting rooms are opened for special guests.



The Czech Republic was a major European force in the middle ages and has hundreds of castles. Had time permitted we could have toured yet another castle.

24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Another fascinating tour, Indrani, and a beautiful, dramatic looking castle! Interesting and I'm sure a little disappointing that there is nothing much inside! Wonderful skies and soft clouds! Your captures are superb as always! Hope you've had a good week and have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Vetrimagal said...

Grand! secretive and beautiful looking.
They do know how to preserve , don't they?

Thanks for shaing with readers. Hope to see more.

Joop Zand said...

Great shots Indrani.......it's a nice city !!

greetings, Joop

Vaish said...

Fabulous pictures and info as usual.. I've been to this castle, but never went inside. I think it was closed.. We did a short trial along that wee hilly area and spent some time in karlstejn. It's a lovely little village..

Judy said...

That is an unusual shape for a castle! I wonder why they kept all the doors locked, and wouldn't allow photos?

Pat said...

That is an elegant castle--too bad about the emptiness inside. Perhaps the antique items needed a better environment (humidity-wise) than what they'd have in the castle. Pretty skies overhead, too.

The Write Girl said...

What a fantastic tour. Thanks for showing us around this magical castle and Happy Sky Watch!

Krishna said...

beautiful photos with nice info...

thanks

ewok1993 said...

oh so envious. i really want to see a castle :)

Judy SheldonWalker said...

I love this tour. Your photos are lovely.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful tour.

Regards and best wishes

Leovi said...

I love these photos with excellent frames, beautiful castle.

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots of this amazing place.

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, you visit the most interesting places. I enjoyed the tour, the castle is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful castle, brilliant photos.

Luna Miranda said...

i wish i could visit this part of Europe someday. an impressive castle--i wonder why each room was locked when visitors were inside. the guide was probably worried some of you would explore the castle and get lost.:p

Bikramjit said...

ins't that where the movie hostel was made :)

beautiful pictures though ...

Bikram's

Viola said...

What a wonderful castle! And picture #2 so spectacular! =)

You're a real adventurer!! =)

Laura said...

beautiful!

Gattina said...

Beautiful and interesting I have never been there and I live much closer !

ashok said...

fascinating!

Carver said...

That's a beautiful castle and the perfect site for it. Great shots.

The Floating Clouds said...

Amazing place. Thanks for sharing. Missed it when I went to Prague.

Pradip Biswas said...

Real good photography.