Records mentioning the royal castle Krivoklat 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 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. Krivoklat 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.
March, November, December: Sa + Su 9 a.m. – 12 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April, October: Tu – Su 9 a.m. – 12. a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
May, September: Tu – Su 9 a.m. – 12. a.m., 1. p.m. – 4 p.m.
June – August: Tu – Su 9 a.m. – 12. a.m., 1. p.m. – 5 p.m.
January and February: for booked groups of 10 persons min. only.
From Prague central station (Hlavni nadrazi), take a train direction to Tabor, at the Benesov u Prahy stop. From the station there are 15 minutes walk to arrive at the castle. Or by bus, from Bus station Florenc. By car, follow the Prague-Brno motorway and take the Mirosovice exit (Exit 21) then follow the tourist indications. Or book excursion online.