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Karlstejn

Just a short distance from South-Western Prague, we find a landscape with varied and wild nature few would expect. The romantic River Berounka intertwines between cliffs and forms a craggy valley with rocky slopes. We can here encounter vast, beautiful underground caves as well as wonderful historical monuments.

A true historical jewel, the medieval Castle Karlstejn, lies on a buttress deftly hidden between 5 peaks, surrounded by high forest slopes and vineyards. It occupies an entirely unique position among Czech castles. The castle was established in 1348 by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for depositing royal treasures, especially the collection of sacred relics and the empire crown jewels. The spaces of the Chapel of the Sacred Cross, with their unique collection of 129 Gothic panel paintings of saints, are especially attractive to visitors.

The immediate surroundings of the castle, especially the Former Benedictine Monastery of St. John under the Cliff, the Velká and Malá Amerika limestone quarries or the Koneprusy Caves with their rich stalactite ornamentation are well worth exploring.

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