Krivoklat Castle
Krivoklat Castle
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First built as a hunting lodge, this castle became famous as a dungeon for political prisoners in the 12th century.
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Tobias P
South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Beautiful castle, loads of rooms and (finally!!) an English tour! What the guide lacked in enthusiasm, he made up for in dry humor and knowledge about the castle. There are also sometimes events going on, so be aware of that.
Written 7 July 2023
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Prabodh Michael
Prague, Czech Republic17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
As a foreigner in this country, I'm amazed by the sights and history sometimes. It was very special to see one of the castles that belonged to King Charles the 4th, and was actually his summer place for hunting. We were lucky to watch a nicely organized show which included gipsy style dancing, princess singing, and some knights fighting. The restaurant is fairly good, and the cafe had a pretty decent ice cream. The forest around it was also nice to walk in.
Written 28 July 2021
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Markéta G
Prague, Czech Republic424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Purfect, really. Kids now 8 and 9 years and they mad a long tour about 80 minutes. Our tour guide was a professional who made interested even the kids with questions or crown jewelry... Very nice autumn trip.
Written 10 October 2020
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RHtravels
Rocky Hill, CT868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We rented a car for 2 days while in Prague (easy to pick up at train station) and took side trips to Krivoklat, Ruckl Glassworks, and Kutna Hora. We enjoyed the drive here and were able to stop for a short hike in Krivoklat forest en route to the castle. We did not have a reservation since we were just a group of 2 visiting. We took the Gothic Palace tour (Circuit 1), which covers the interior of the castle (courtyard, treasury, chapel, Knights hall, royal hall, library, museum, prison, dungeon and lapidary. We took the first available tour which was in Czech language, but we lucked out since we were the only 2 people in the tour group and the guide spoke English, so he gave us the tour in English and we did not have to refer to the wonderful English information packet. The tour was wonderful and informative and we felt even if we had to take the tour in Czech language we would have still enjoyed because the castle architecture was lovely and the handout was thorough, and makes a nice memento with photos. We would have loved to take the full castle tour (Circuit 3), so we could have walked the ramparts and grounds, but we were visiting off season and that tour was not available, but if you visit in season, plan for extra time to tour the grounds. Krivoklat is not a Glam castle with lavish interiors because it was originally used as a hunting lodge, but the architecture is amazing and is definitely worth a day trip here.
Written 17 February 2020
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Ramnaths Away
Raleigh, NC89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We loved its Gothic architecture and it wasn't swarming with tourists, a lot of locals were there. When we visited there was a falconer and other shows performed for free admission in the courtyard. The town is super easy to visit on your own if going by train from Prague as it's only 1hr 15mins away. Admission to tour the castle interior was less expensive for our family of 3 compared to Karlstejn Castle.

Křivoklát Castle dates back as far as the 12th century and was an important seat for many Czech kings and princes. It was built as a hunting lodge which later turned into a prison.

There are four tours and we chose the Gothic Palace (8o mins) castle tour. It's a guided tour of the second castle courtyard, silversmithery, August’s prison, dungeon, chapel, small Knight’s Hall, Large Knight’s (Royal) Hall, library, picture gallery, Fürstenberg Museum, lapidarium. Our tour was in English and apparently the only English tour for the day. So if you visit and need a tour in English try to contact the castle office for English tour times or just show up when it opens and see if there is one available.

We did not call ahead we just went to the castle, prepared to need to follow along with an English translation on paper on a Czech guided tour BUT we got lucky that day because we arrived early in time for their only English tour that morning!

We ate lunch at Hradní krčma Křivoklát - it's located on the castle grounds and the food was delicious and inexpensive. Loved the decor!

Several movies have been filmed at the castle including The Brothers Grimm starring Heath Ledger and Matt Damon. I have more details and in-depth directions for how to get there from Prague on my Křivoklát blog post. You can reach the post via my blog link in my profile. I'd put the direct blog post link but I don't think it's allowed here.

Happy travels!
Written 26 November 2019
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Gabe
Bridgeview, IL58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Very nice castle to visit if you are in the Prague area. You have drive a bit to get to it, but it is well worth the drive.
Written 8 October 2019
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icecreamguru
Wodonga, Australia585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
Do yourself a favour and get a ticket to the tower and the ramparts, the view is worth climbing! We'll preserved castle, with plenty to see and do
Written 29 September 2019
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vox69nn
Medina, OH2,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I had planned to visit Krivoklat almost from the start of my trip planning and chose it over the nearby Karlstejn for the very reason that it seemed less commercial and was not being promoted very aggressively by the major tour companies. After a few days in Prague, which we found oppressively commercial and crowded, it was a delight to "get out of Dodge". Krivoklat dates from the 12th century and was home to King Wenceslas ang Charles IV (the Charles of the Charles Bridge), later taken over by the Hapsburgs and finally owned by the aristocratic Furstenbergs. Tours are in Czech but we obtained a guidebook in English which followed the live tour very closely. There is much to see there - Augusta's Prison, The Treasury, an exquisite chapel, the Furstenberg Library and portrait gallery.One can climb to the top of the cylindrical tower for a great view of the surrounding countryside and village below. You get there by train from Prague with a connection in Beroun. There are about three scheduling options to make a clean round trip and you can decide how long you want to stay. We found a nice little restaurant just up the road from the castle. There are several others below in the village.
Written 21 September 2019
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drpetr68
Vancouver, Canada458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Went there following a visit at Karlstejn castle. Not in the same league. But still nice. Had a great guide.
Written 15 September 2019
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Jasper201511
Mornington Peninsula, Australia91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The castle was average and there are no english speaking guides or tours so not worth the visit unless you speak/understand Czech.
Written 14 September 2019
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