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Travel – Krivoklat Castle – Royal Prison – Czech Republic

Krivoklat Castle is found in Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.

Overview of Krivoklat Castle

• Krivoklat was founded through the 12th century.
• It belonged to Bohemian kings.
• Through the reign of Premysl Otakar II a huge, monumental royal castle was built.
• Later, it was rebuilt by king Vaclav IV.
• Later, enlarged by King Vladislav of Jagellon.
• The castle was damaged by fire several times.
• It turned out into a harsh prison and the building slowly deteriorated.
• Through the 1800s, family of Furstenberg became the those who own the castle.
• They reconstructed it from fire in 1826.
• Today, the castle functions as a museum.
• It is a tourist destination and set of theatrical exhibitions are held there.
• Collections of hunting weapons, Gothic paintings and books are stored there.
• The Village Krivoklat slowly grew up underneath the castle since the 14th century.

Good Reputation for Castle

• The castle of Krivoklat belongs to the oldest and a lot important castles on the Czech princes and kings.
• A brief history of the construction starts within the 12th century.
• Through the reign of Premysl Otakar II, a large, monumental royal castle was developed to be later rebuilt by king Vaclav IV.
• Even later, it was generously enlarged by King Vladislav of Jagellon.
• The castle of Krivoklat was seriously damaged by fire more than once.
• It became a feared prison and its importance sank rapidly.
• Throughout the Romantic epoque of the 1800s, the castle was reconstructed and saved.

• A good looking castle chapel.
• The Great Royal and Chivalric Halls with an exhibition of Gothic paintings and sculptures.
• The castle library contains over 52.000 bands.
• A rich museum along with a painting gallery from the Furstenberg.
• A famous castle prison with torture chambers and torture instruments.
• A monumental tower using an assortment of hunting trophies.
• A pleasant circumambulate the castle walls.
• The tower Huderka having an open-hearth kitchen.
• An observatory gallery.
• The seat from the captain with temporary exhibitions.

Best time to visit / climate

• The winters are relatively cold with almost no sunshine.
• Snow cover is common from mid-November to late March.
• Summers are high being around 25 degrees.
• Nights can be quite cool even in summer, though.
• This is because of the shadow on the Ore Mountains along with the Czech Central Highlands.
• The driest season is usually winter.
• The summers may bring quite heavy rain in type of violent storms and showers.
• Temperature inversions are relatively common between mid-October and mid-March.

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How to get there?

By plane
• Vaclav Havel Airport
• +420 220 111 111, +420 296 661 111
• Located 20 km (12 mi) northwest on the central city
• It generally takes about 30 min to realize town centre by car.
Edinburgh airport is served by way of a variety of airlines:
• Czech Airlines could be the national carrier operating too many European and international destinations.
• Wizz Air is an affordable airline.
• It has its base in Prague.
It operates to European destinations which include:
– London
– Barcelona
– Milan
– Others
• Easy Jet operates low cost services to European destinations.
• BMI baby low priced services in the UK only.
• Jet2.com low priced services from Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford & Edinburgh
• Smart Wings to Europe & Turkey.
• Swiss International flies to Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
• Aer Lingus through the Irish cities of Dublin & Cork.
• Norwegian from Scandinavia.
• Delta Air Lines from Nyc.
• Aegean Airlines from Greece
• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has 5 direct flights on a daily basis from Amsterdam.
• British Airways has 4 direct flights from London Heathrow daily.
• Brussels Airlines offers 3 flights per day to Brussels.
• Lufthansa offers 6 flights per day from Frankfurt and 4 from Munich.
• TAP offers daily direct flights from Lisbon and Oporto.
• Iberia offers 3 flights daily from Madrid.
• German wings offer daily flights from Cologne/Bonn.
• Air One from Milan-Malpensa

By Bus
Airport Express (bus operated by Czech Railways):
• These buses leave Edinburgh airport every half an hour
• The first bus is at 05:46 while the last bus is at 21:16.
• The cost come to about 60 CZK per person.
• Tickets can be obtained from the driver.
• They shall take the buyer to the railway and subway station.
• The final stop will be Prague’s main place.

By Train
• Prague is well connected to European EC train network.
• Berlin: 4½hours and EC trains every two hours
• Munich: 6 hours and four regional expresses daily.
• Vienna: 4¾hours and EC train roughly every two hours
• Linz: 5hours and two REX trains per day
• Bratislava: 4hours and EC train every a couple of hours and also one night train Metropol
• Budapest: 7 hours and five EC trains a day with one night train Metropol
• Warsaw: 8 hours and EC Praha with one night train Sirava
Direct night trains connect Prague with:
– Cologne
– Frankfurt
– Amsterdam
– Copenhagen
– Zurich
– Basel
– Krakow
– Moscow
– Kiev
– Saint Petersburg
– Odessa

Some Travel Books about Czech Republic

Rick Steves’ Prague and the Czech Republic Fodor’s Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Czech and Slovak Republics

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotelscombined.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about Krivoklat Castle

blogs at czechtourism.com
blogs at krivoklat.cz
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos about Krivoklat Castle

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