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Czech (Čeština)

Сzech Republic is a magical country with a large number of castles, fortresses, ruins, throughout. Since the сountry is small, it is possible to reach many gorgeous fortresses and stately homes from the capital of Prague by train, bus or rented in the RUNWELL car

Karlstejn (Route 40 km from Prague)


Located close to Prague is the most famous Czech castle, Karlstejn. Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV to house and protect the Royal Coronation Jewels and his collection of holy relics built this magnificent high Gothic fortress, founded in 1348. After 1480 the castle was reconstructed in the late Gothic style and in the Renaissance style in the late 16th century. The present day neo Gothic appearance of the castle is the work of architect Josef Mocker from the end of the 19th century. A major stop on every tourist path, Karlstejn is overcrowded and overrun by people in the summer, but is definitely worth pushing past the hoards of people to see this Gothic castle gem. Overlooking a quaint village with souvenir shops and traditional Czech restaurants, Karlstejn looms over the surrounding area in a most majestic way, commanding your attention and awe. The surrounding countryside is most splendid as well, with lush green forests offering many hiking trails, natural caves, the winding Berounka River and much more, not to mention other castles close by!

Státní hrad Karlštejn: 267 18 Karlštejn, Czech Republic. +420 311 681 617, +420 311 681 296, +420 311 681 695, www.hradkarlstejn.cz

Konopiste (Route 50 km from Prague)


Konopiste, originally founded at the end of the 13th century, was built as a Gothic fortress overlooking and guarding the nearby village of Benesov. The chateau’s founder, Tobias of Benesov had the structure modeled after French castles at the time. In his Konopiste chateau he installed electricity, thus making Konopiste a modern livable Chateau. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne bought the chateau from the Lobkowicz family in 1887 and converted it into a royal residence fit for a soon to be king. Franz Ferdinand d’Este had the chambers richly decorated with family collections and with his own hunting trophies as he first and foremost used the chateau as a royal hunting lodge. His passion for hunting is evident in the royal game hall, a long corridor full of animal trophies ranging from the forests of Central Europe with wild boars and deer to the more exotic large cats. The chateau also offers an exhibition showcasing one of the largest collections of St. George artwork, a pretty rose garden and the chateau park with landscaped grounds and a large pond, a shooting range and much more.

256 01 Benesov, Czech Republic, +420 317 721 366, +420 602 349 068, www.zamek-konopiste.cz 

Krivoklat (Route 59 km from Prague)


Located in the pretty Berounka region west of Prague, Krivoklat, dating back to the 12th century is one of the oldest and most important castles in the country. Originally built during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II, the castle underwent many changes during different royal owners being at one time a royal residence, a hunting lodge and a feared prison. The castle was reconstructed and saved in the 19th century under the rule of the Furstenberg family who owned the castle until 1929. After your castle tour you can choose from the villages restaurants where you can sample traditional Czech cuisine and delicious beer. Krivoklat makes for an all in all perfect day trip from the bustling city of Prague.

Křivoklát 47, 270 23 Křivoklát, tel.:+420 313 558 440, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., www.krivoklat.cz

Trosky (Route 100 km from Prague)


Situated in the center of Český ráj (Czech Paradise) and overlooking the gorgeous rocky and lush green landscape is the ruin of Trosky Castle. The symbol of Czech Paradise, the castle features two towers, aptly named Baby and Panna, or Grandma and Maiden. The grand castle ruin stands tall and proud atop two basalt volcanic plugs that stand quite high from the bottom of the hill, which made the castle once impregnable. Due to fire and war however the structure is now a grand ruin, and how grand it is, as you will witness its admirable power as it captures and steals the spotlight from the natural rock paradise that surrounds it. The area of the Czech Paradise is extremely popular with hikers, cyclists and romantics and of course, lovers of castles, especially romantic castle ruins. Trosky Castle is one of the Czech Republic’s most famous castles and is a sight to behold; do not miss it! 

Státní hrad Trosky, 512 63 Rovensko pod Troskami www.trosky.cz 

Kost (Route 80 km from Prague)


In the protected area of Cesky Raj located about an hour northeast of Prague you will find magical castles and ruins, natural wonders such as rock cities and rock quarries containing semi precious stones and much more. Tucked away in the thick forest is the Kost Castle, or the Bone Castle. Kost Castle is the best-preserved Gothic castle in the Czech Republic. The castle remained untouched throughout the years, protecting its Gothic charm and atmosphere. Kost underwent a meticulous renovation in the 1950s. The hidden castle is located in a valley surrounded by dense forest, unlike most castles in Bohemia that are situated on hills. The large White Tower has a trapezoid like plan, another unique feature of this massive castle. Kost Castle and the surrounding countryside are definitely worth a trip from Prague. You can choose between two tours of the castle: one is devoted to the Kinsky family (current owners) and the main interiors including the famous kitchen, while the other tour concentrates on torture devices and criminal law of the 16th-18th centuries, plus the White Tower.

Hrad Kost, Podkost, Libošovice, www.hrad-kost.cz

Český Šternberk (Route 50 km from Prague)

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This imposing castle, which sits on a high bank overlooking the Sazava River and the village of the same name, is considered by many to be one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Czech Republic. Over the years, Cesky Sternberk Castle — which was first built in 1241 — has changed ownership several times. But, today, this castle is once again in the hands of the people who owned it when it was first founded — House Sternberg. If you decide to visit Cesky Sternberk, make sure to look for a collection of rare and unusual copper engravings that depict the history of the Thirty Years’ War.

Český Šternberk 1  www.hradceskysternberk.cz

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