The Czech Republic boasts numerous castles and summer palaces visited by countless travelers each year.
Here is a list of some the most interesting and beautiful medieval castles in the country.
- Prague Castle. This is the biggest castle complex in the world containing museums, churches, palaces and gardens. It is located on the hill above Charles Bridge and the Vltava River. The most dominant feature of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral.
Location: Prague 11908
Nearby sights: Old Town (Stare Mesto), Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral
Nearby hotels: Certovka Hotel, Hotel Residence Agnes, Golden Well Hotel
Official website: https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors
Tel.: +420 224 372 423
- State Castle and Chateau Cesky Krumlov. Since 1992 this architectural gem has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest castle and chateau complex in the Czech Republic. The original Gothic castle consists of 40 structures and palatial buildings with five courtyards.
Location: Vyšehrad 261 38101 Český Krumlov
Nearby sights: Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, Church of St. Vitus, Latran houses
Nearby hotels: Hotel Ruze, Hotel Bellevue, Hotel Ruze
Official website: http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/kaktualita.xml
Tel.: +420 723 069 561
- Archbishop’s Chateau in Kromeriz. This is a former summer residence of the Archbishops of Olomouc with its picture gallery and an extensive library is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chateau which was built on the site of a 13th century castle, dominates the town. The Baroque chateau was built for the Bishop Charles II of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn at the end of the 17th century and a magnificent 84 meter high tower was built on the foundations of the old castle.
Location: Sněmovní náměstí 1, 767 01 Kroměříž
Nearby sights: Kromeriz Gardens, Velke Namesti Kromeriz, Park Kvetna Zahrada
Nearby hotels: La Fresca, Penzion U Kubesa, Hotel Purkmistr
Official website: https://www.zamek-kromeriz.cz/en
Tel.: +420 573 502 011
- Karlstejn Castle. The castle was established by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV as a place to store the royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels. Karlstejn Castle was completed in 1365 and apart from its beautiful decoration it also stands out among the others for its stepped layout according to the importance of individual parts of the castle. You will also find duplicates of the Czech crown jewels at Karlstejn as well as the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, not to mention a well 80 meters deep where raising and lowering of the well buckets was accomplished by a wheel which used to be trodden by people.
Location: 267 18 Karlštejn
Nearby sights: Svaty Jan Pod Skalou, Museum of Nativity Scenes
Nearby hotels: Romantic Hotel Mlýn Karlstejn, Penzion Speller, Hotel Grand Litava Beroun
Official website: https://www.hradkarlstejn.cz/cs
Tel.: +420 311 681 617