Set out for romance
Just a stone‘s throw from Prague lies a diverse region with
winding rivers cutting through deep valleys and surrounded
by deep forests. The romantic charm of Central Bohemia is
made even more powerful by its diverse geological relief, its
bizarre sandstone rock formations, and its numerous and
magnificent castles and chateaux.
You can admire the unique wall decorations from the
14th century, a set of 129 panel paintings from
, in the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
Karlštejn – a treasure among
This castle, one of the most visited in the country, is in
the valley of the Berounka River. Majestic Karlštejn was
built by the Bohemian King and Roman Emperor Charles
IV as a place to store the royal treasures, especially the
crown jewels and a collection of holy relics.
You can find out more about how this
town was once ruled by silver fever
in the local Czech Museum of Silver;
a walk through the town itself will
convince you of its charms, as if time
had stopped here. Enjoy the beauty
of such architectural gems as
St. Barbara’s Church
and the Cathedral of Our Lady in
Křivoklát – fortress and resting place
In the forests west of Prague, in the centre of the Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape
Area, lies one of the most beautiful Czech castles, Křivoklát.
Křivoklát remained one of the most important royal castles throughout the centuries
and served as a staging point on the route to Germany. The country’s rulers also loved
to use it as a base for their hunting trips to the surrounding forests as well as a prison
for their more prominent visitors. Charles IV was also interned here as a child with his
father before he became emperor.
Take a public bus to the famous
, in the part of
. The Ossuary
is decorated with the bones of about
40 thousand people.
If you love modern art, do not forget
to visit the
, located in
the historical Jesuit College.
: the historic centre of
town with the Church of St. Barbara
as well as the Cathedral of Our Lady
in Sedlec have been inscribed on the
UNESCOWorld Heritage List
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Over the summer holidays, we
recommend the multi-genre festival
Summer at Křivoklát
. Just before
Christmas is an Advent market with
a rich program.
Konopiště – a monument to an enlightened monarch
Konopiště became famous as the last residence of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire whose assassination set off the FirstWorldWar. This ruler, a passionate collector who loved technological achievements,
had the castle equipped with running water and electricity, and he even had an elevator installed. The castle’s collection of
weapons is one of the most valuable in Central Europe.