25 Awe-Inspiring European Castles

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Karlstejn Castle, Prague, Czech Republic

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<p>This stunning hilltop castle that overlooks Prague was once <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/czech-republic/day-trips-from-prague/review-581905.html">Charles IV's summer palace</a>. Now it's home to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which once held and guarded the crown jewels and is flanked by 129 painted wood panels and an arched canopy with semi-precious stones. After long sieges during the Hussite Wars of 1420, interest in the castle waned—until renovations at the end of the 19th century restored the monument.</p> <br> <p><strong>Insider Tip: </strong>Opt for the 75-minute over the 55-minute tour; it includes the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Or, forgo the pricey tours altogether and opt for the free exterior courtyards.</p>

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