Records mentioning the royal castle Křivoklát were first recorded around 1100 A.D. though today’s building dates from the late 13th century. It was enlarged and fortified at the end of the 14th century. Thanks to all these renovations and continual rebuilding the castle shows all phases of the Gothic style. Castle is considered unique from architectonic point of view, also for being similar to the French castle conception. Castle was once the royal hunting lodge of Charles IV. Inside you can see the vaulted King’s Hall, a Gothic chapel with a fine carved altarpiece, a dungeon once used as a prison and now home to a grim assortment of torture instruments, and the Knights’ Hall, a collection of late Gothic paintings and many sculptures.
Křivoklát is situated 40 km to 50 km west of Prague, with a 250,000 visitors a year it is second most visited castle in Czech Republic. One of the best things about a trip to Křivoklát is the surrounding countryside, with numerous trails perfect for hiking, biking, and leisurely strolls.
Getting to Křivoklát Castle
There is a train from Prague to Beroun every half hour, and this journey take about 40 minutes. When you arrive in Beroun, you will need to change to the train to Křivoklát. You then simply have to walk for 10 minutes to reach the castle. Make sure you make a note of when the trains depart back to Beroun when you arrive though – one goes just before midday, and the others are in the afternoon. You can also book excursion online.
Admission is 240 CZK, but you can save money if you take a Czech tour instead (this costs 190 CZK). If you grab a guidebook, you’ll be fine with this.
Castle is open: May-September – Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm; April and October – Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm; November-December – Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3pm; January-March – Monday-Saturday, 10am-3pm