|Looking like a true Castle.
Karlstejn Castle about 34 minutes
by train from Prague.
|As I start to climb up to the castle
a view of the Courtyard of the
|My climb circles around the castle.
Here is the Big Tower holding the
Chapel of the Holy Cross.
|The final climb to the castle is up a
steep, paved path through the woods.
|The valley below the Castle where the
|In the Courtyard of the Castle. Beyond
the gate requires tickets and is by
Guided Tour only.
|More modern apartments in the
courtyard housing the ticket offices.
|The Marian (foreground) and Big
|The last of the wooden bridges to the
Big Tower. In the past only wooden
bridges allowed access.
|Disappointing sign at the start of the
Guided Tour. No photo, no movie and
|Construction began in 1348 and was
completed by 1365. Ordered by Holy
Roman Emperor Charles IV of Bohemia.
|It was laid seige to in 1422 during the
Hussite Wars and later in the Thirty
Years War by Sweden. But never taken..
|Souveneir shops and restaurants is all
that the village has to offer.
|View of the Castle from the village.
|With the woods removed it is a
formidable cliff protecting the castle.
|A stream passes through the village
and the homes each have bridges
|Dark and foreboding image of the
Castle and its grim Chapel of the
|July 4, 2011
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