KARLSTEJN CASTLE & KONOPISTE CHATEAU TOUR by car/van/coach transfer
Karlstejn Castle,The fortress-like castle served as the emperorʼs summer retreat. Over 660 years old, Karlstejn Castle was never totally conquered. The castle even survived a seven-month siege by the Hussites in the 15th century. The most popular tour of Karlstejn Castle includes historical interiors of the Imperial palace and the lower floors of Marian Tower with valuable artifacts from the 14th to 19th centuries. A wooden bed boasts stunning engravings. On the walls surrounding it hangs a green with gold fabric that shows phoenixes and other mythological creatures. In Emperor Charles IVʼs personal chapel to Saint Wenceslas, there is a 14th century portable altar full of vibrant colors. In the Throne Room the 14th century ceiling is composed of dark green squares with wooden frames. The Hall of Forebears features large portraits of the emperorʼs ancestors.
Konopiste Chateau was founded in the late 13th century as a Gothic castle inspired by the style of French castles with seven stout, rounded towers and five gates. During the late 19th century, Konopiste Chateau came into the hands of the 24-year old Franz Ferdinand dʼEste, the oldest nephew of Austrian Emperor Francis Josef I and later heir to the Habsburg throne. He made many changes to the interior and remodeled the chateau so that part resembled a Renaissance residence in North Italian style while another section sported a medieval look. He installed much advanced technical equipment, including central heating and electric lights as well as an electric elevator. His collection of hunting trophies and Saint George-related items also appeared in the chateau. After his assassination in June of 1914, the property was taken over by the Hohenbergs, and the chateau was nationalized in 1921. During World War II Konopiste Chateau became a SS headquarters. The state took over in 1945, and now the Central Bohemian Institute for Preservation of Historic Monuments in Prague looks after Konopiste Chateau.
8 HOUR ITINERARY
45 minutes Prague to Karlstejn transfer
30 minutes Walk from/to the village of Karlstejn to the castle
1.5 hours tour of Karlstejn Castle and its courtyards
1 hour free time in the village of Karlstejn for lunch and shopping
1 hour 15 minutes Karlstejn to Konopiste transfer
1 hour tour of Konopiste Chateau
30 minutes free time at Konopiste Chateau
45 minutes Konopiste to Prague transfer
For groups of 15+ people ,we can offer at no extra cost:
-a private tour, including a guide and coach exclusive to your group.
-a departure time of your choice.
-If you require a tour in German, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Turkish please specify on the booking form.(supplement can applies for some languages).
-To reserve, mention it in Special Requests on the booking form.
Dates: Operates all year
Times: Daily 09:00
Duration: 08 hours (no tour on: 24-26 Dec).
Entrance tickets not included.
Pick Up: From your hotel shortly before the tour - the exact time will be stated in your booking confirmation.
Tour Ends: At your hotel or city centre