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Karlštejn and Konopiste castles in a day

I'm in Prague next week and I'd like to tour both Karlštejn and Konopiste castles. The problem is, they are located in opposite directions of the city. In addition, for Karlštejn, in order to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross (Tour I), the website states that a reservation is necessary. I would assume that most tour companies would simply do the other tour without reservation.

Any recommendations for this situation? I found a tour company that visits both castles, but without visiting the Chapel at Karlštejn. Is it worth it? Is there a better tour company? Could I do both castles on my own without booking a tour?

Thanks!

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Hi,
Skip Karlstein and go to Konopiste. You can get a train from Prague to Konopiste quite easily, there and back. And I bet there are busses that do it too. Karlstein is really a run of the mill castle (been there and it is good). If you are really into castles then do this first and do it really fast so you can enjoy the astounding interior of Konopiste. My brother has done many castles throughout Europe and he was bowled over by Konopiste.

I went there based upon his recommendation, and I agree. It seems as though the Arch-Duke is still living there. Pretty impressive. Remember that Konopiste was used by the royal family full-time until his death in 1914.

wayne iNWI

Posted by
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If you want to see both castles including the Chapel in one day try to get information about tours in Prague Visitor Center. Both castles are possible to do on your own by public transportation but not on the same day. You should take a tour or at least rent a car. Konopiste beats Karlstejn in interior and vice versa in exterior.

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For what its worth I have been to Karlstein and it was worth the effort.

Posted by
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Just to update - Konopiste Castle is closed from the end of October, while Karlštejn is open on weekends in November, but without the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Looks like my problem is solved for me.

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Anyone been to Krivoklat? It looks to be a bit further than Karlštejn and I'm wondering if it's worth the extra effort to get there.

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The other one that I have been to and really enjoyed was Zvikov. I did Zvikov on the way from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and Karlstejn on the way back to Prague the next day. Great two day trip.

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Krivoklat is certainly worth the trip. It takes one hour twenty three minutes by train with one change in Beroun. (from Prague Main Train station).